It's a Trap! An 11-Part History of Trap Music, From DJ Screw to Gucci Mane to Flosstradamus

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Gucci says, "It's a trap!"
Trap music.

It's superhuge right now with the cool kids and it's overrunning Soundcloud. Yet despite its growing popularity, a lot of people have one basic question ... What the fuck is trap?

Because of recent EDM trends, many people would tell you it's the "new dubstep" or the "new moombahton." But actually, trap music's been filtering through the hip-hop scene for years, and its trademark hi-hats and thin snares are nothing "new."

So cutting through some of the hype and clearing up confusion, we he here at Crossfade present this brief history of trap music. Put down the purple drank and learn something.



1980
The Roland TR-808 is released. Its deep bass bumps matched with tinny snares and hi-hats will become central to the trap sound.



1990s
Houston, Texas hip-hop producer DJ Screw begins recording and selling slowed-down mix cassettes, inventing the famous chopped-and-screwed style. The music is slow because the listener is supposed to be "sippin' sizzurp" (AKA codeine cough syrup), often mixed with soda to become "purple drank." His friends begin rapping over the mixes, eventually coming together as the Screwed Up Crew Click, swarming the Southern hip-hop scene of the late '90s and early 2000s. Notable Screwed Up Crew Click members include Lil Keke, Big Hawk, and Fat Pap Pat.
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iumbb10
iumbb10

Wow...horrible "history" of trap music....DJ Screw's mixes had little to no influence on Trap Music other than the fact he was connected to Lil Flip who later helped develop the trap sound. T.I. definitely pushed forward the Trap sound but quickly abandoned it''s rigid structure and you made no mention of the biggest influence on Trap music in hip hop...Young Jeezy...please do not write another "history" on any sub-genre of rap before atleast listening to the music and doing research. 

cliftoncr
cliftoncr

This is pretty bad. Flockaveli came out in 2010. And, "chopped and screwed" is a style of dj editing, and is totally separate from trap. Trap isnt about the beats, its the lyrics.

jeebus666
jeebus666

screwed up crew? its the screwed up click get it right and also its FAT PAT not fat pap....RIP

Winner
Winner

I agree.. if something isn't right; it needs to be correct as far as an article goes. I do like the article though as a "trap music" fan myself. Gucci Mane I think is the best supplier of this style rap out there especially with the amount of hits he has freely available on Datpiff.com.

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HipHopHead
HipHopHead

Had to stop reading when you called the S.U.C aka Screwed Up Click aka Soldiers United for Cash the "screwed up crew" and Fat Pat, "fat pap" smh...maybe do a little basic research before writing an "informative" article.

Jorge Shicken
Jorge Shicken

music you might hear when purchasing crack cocaine from a reputable source

iumbb10
iumbb10

 @cliftoncr no trap is more the style of beats than lyrics...heavy on hi-hats and synths...listen to early no-limit or cashmoney (pre-99) to get a clue

jeebus666
jeebus666

 @johnny_bravo people who listened to this style of music before the EDM nerds on soundcloud started calling it trap music

LVXXTR
LVXXTR

 @jeebus666 yeah hiphop head is right, if your going to do something make sure u know what the fuck you are talking about...also i would like to know what anyone thinks about the UK cats who have been putting out records that sound similar to this style for years? via rustie or hudson mohawke?

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