Trap Music was born in the South of the USA during the nineties. The word “trap” comes from “traphouse”, a place used to hide and sell liquors and drugs.
Considered as a subgenre of rap music, trap has been redefined and re-created again and again, and its influence on hip-hop culture and music as become stronger and stronger over the years. It has also shaped a new wave of music that combines rap and EDM and has gained lots of attention from major DJ’s and labels.
The hallmark of trap sound is made of very fast hi-hat triplets. This sound has been steadily working its way from the Atlanta streets into the mainstream for nearly two decades.
The common themes of trap music haven’t changed during the years. At the beginning the Trap’s texts focused on hardship, struggles associated with drugs and violence AND trappers’ style of life in the “Traphouses”. Now there’s also a kind of dreamy reality full of gold, diamonds and money.
Trap music with its repetitious lyrical shouting about making money, using drugs, chasing girls and rising from the struggle is what today excites teenagers in Italy too.
Trap’s themes have been criticized very badly, because, unlike rap’s ones, they seem to be very simple and poor, in fact they hardly ever contain messages of protest or ideals for the future. Trap Music focuses on trappers’ unreal life made of money, superficiality and lack of ethic contents.
Maybe the banality of Trap’s themes is the result of a even poorer society, whose main ideal are money and success. Teenangers feel money as a basic need and they too often think it is the most important thing in life. An easy way to get it, could be dangerously attractive.
People who listen to rap music refuse to pass to Trap precisely because of its shallowness and littleness. Notwithstanding this, even thanks to its finest melody, which push people to pay less attention to the contents, it has become the major phenomenon of the last few years.