It's a Trap! An 11-Part History of Trap Music, From DJ Screw to Gucci Mane to Flosstradamus
Flocka and Luger continue to gain fame. Luger begins producing for bigger names, such as Rick Ross, Kanye West, and Jay-Z. The tinny, stuttering hi-hat begins to take over hip-hop radiowaves. Electro-house DJs mix the Southern-style productions into their dance-floor sets, and many producers create dubstep remixes of the biggest hits.
Flosstradamus, an electro-house duo from Chicago, have a huge hit with their remix of Major Lazer's new single "Original Don." They slow it down, chop it up, and throw in some tinny hi-hats. They infuse the house beat with the distinguishing features of hip-hop's trap and chopped-and-screwed genres.
The pair releases the Total Recall EP and the sound catches fire with fans already so hung up on the heavy bass of dubstep and the lazy rhythms of moombahton. Next, Floss record a two-hour set for Diplo's BBC Radio 1 show Diplo and Friends, highlighting trap music from its hip-hop origins to the leaders of the trap-house movement, cementing its place in popular EDM.
The electro-house scene is on fire with trap remixes and original productions. Producers like DJ Sliink, Baauer, and Krueger make trap their calling card. White kids everywhere are running to Soundcloud, scouring the net for more "trap," and screaming in the club like their name is Admiral Ackbar. Many are saying trap is the "new dubstep" or the "new moombahton," in reference to its extreme level of hype.
How will trap's new romance with house music evolve? Will dance floors get over the fad in six months? Or is trap here to stay? Will we hear trap-house on 99 Jamz? Will codeine cough syrup be made available over the counter? Will Flocka do a track with Floss?
We can dream. Till then, drop it low when you're in the trap and stay sippin'.
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