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There is no question that hip-hop was birthed in the NYC in the 1980s, but in the early 2000s artist like T.I. and Gucci Mane launched at new genre of rap called Trap. Since then Atlanta has become the trap music capital and has held that title for decades preceding.
What is Trap music?
Trap music derives from the street term “trap” which is a drug house, where drugs are cooked and sold. Trap music isn’t limited to music about drugs, but widely details life in the streets using signature beat styles that include a lot of bass and electronic sounds.
Founding Fathers of Trap
Artists T.I., Young Jeezy, and Gucci Mane are the credited rappers who put the Atlanta rap style on the map.
These artists saw an immense amount of success as Trap music went mainstream very quickly.Songs like “24’s” and “Wasted” entered the Billboard Top 100 immediately after their releases. These artists made Trap the centered sounds with their debut albums.
Despite its gruesome lyrical content Jeezy should that the crossover potential trap music had in his debut with hits like “Then What” and “Put On”. This introduced trap to mainstream radio across every coast.
Since it’s introduction Trap music has ruled the style of rap, growing even more popular. Artists like 2 Chainz, Future, and Young Thug took the crown’s of trap in the mid-2010’s.These artists began to incorporate more of techno and attuned sounds that gave the gritty style a new flare.
The trap music sound is no longer limited to Hip-hop; the mainstream success dibbled into the sounds of other genre’s. Artist like Ariana Grande, Bad Bunny, and Justin Beiber have also sampled the trap sound in some of their biggest records.