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Trap music is based on use of the 808 Roland drum machine, pitched and re-sampled hiphop/rap vocals, pipe flutes, gangsta synth leads, and various FX. Similar to rap without the main vocal, Trap music has been gaining lots of attention from major DJ’s and labels. Although, the style originated many years ago, Trap music has recently been making a new school comeback in many new forms such as “Trap”, “Chirp”, “SeaPunk”, “PsyTrap”, and “TrapStep”. Earliest known examples can be found by artists such as Triple Six Mafia, UGK, Swisha House, and Gucci Mane. Tempos range widely from 135-175bpm which is uncommon for most major genres of electronic dance music (EDM).

In laymen’s terms, Trap music would be best described as a recipe;

1/3 hip hop (tempo and song structure similar) – however vocals are usually pitched lower or higher
1/3 dubstep (similar drum arrangements, different builds and drops)
1/3 dub (Low frequency focus and strong emphasis on repetitiveness throughout a song)
This is Trap Music:
TNGHT - Bugg'n (Hudson Mohawke x Lunice)
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A sub genre of music, originating from South America at around 2000, with influences from hip hop, dupstep, rap and trance music. It was named so because it was developed by rappers gathered in traps to express their problems.This music features the sound of the brass, triangle, triplet hi hats, loud kicks, snappy snares and low end 808 bass samples (mostly produced by Roland TR-808 Drum Machine) and it gives the feeling of a dark, grim and leaking background to the listener. Until 2012, this genre was exclusively based on rap and hip hop , then lots of electronic music producers, influenced by the increased EDM pupularity, added trap music in the EDM family.
There's some confusion when it comes to describing the word trap, because nowadays it is used by both rappers for their hip hop tracks and by electronic producers for their dance beats, so it describes two diffirent sub-categories of the same style .
Currently, these are the most famous categories of this style:
Hardcore Trap (heavy-bass and uneasy beats)
EDM Trap (influenced by dubstep, dirty, hot dance tracks with naughty, tough drops commonly known as "party shit"
Hip Hop Trap (Non-EDM based music, with vocals the basic element, unlike other styles, the closest thing to original)
Chill Trap(Chilly, relaxed and 'beautiful tracks, great for falling asleep, the exact opposite of the First two)
Future Trap (Music that refers to the past, illustrates the future and expresses the present)
Due to the domination of electronic music, trap has gone EDM.
Trap music is my favourite genre.
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music you listen to while selling your dope in da trap mostly southern rap, T.I., jezzy, lil webbie, bun b, etc
T.I. even named his hit album this
yo, bert put on some trap music, the package just arrived, it is grind time
by bert2 June 30, 2005
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A genre of hip hop music that is supposed to discuss about "life in the trap". However, it completely fails at doing that. Rather than seeing trap rappers paint vivid pictures of hustling scenarios in their music (what mafioso rappers used to do), we instead see them using elementary rhymes while glorifying drug use, sex, money, and hoes. It's even worse when they try to describe street violence, because instead of using imagery to elaborate on street violence, they just say some shit like "I shot a nigga after I pulled a trigga/ Fuck these niggas, I'm a real killa" Worst of all, trap beats are the most annoying thing ever. Trap beats consist of annoying high-pitched synths with too much bass and snares that don't even sound like real snares.
These bitches love Sosa
O End or no end
Fucking with them O boys
You gon' get fucked over
Rari's and Rovers
These hoes love Chief Sosa
Hit him with that cobra
Now that boy slumped over
They do it all for Sosa
You boys ain't making no noise
Ya'll know I'm a Glo Boy
Your clique full of broke boys
God ya'll some broke boys
God ya'll some broke boys
We GBE dope boys
We got lots of dough boy
-Chief Keef

While Chief Keef writes rhymes similar to those of Dr. Suess and rhymes "boy" with "boy", he seems to forget about actually rapping about "the trap," the most fundamental aspect of trap music
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A type of rap music where rhyming ''nigga'' with ''nigga'' is apparently acceptable because of the ''raw and gritty'' nature of the songs.

Typical trap music verse:

"We crazy killier niggas one super nigga
Big black nigga nigga nigga nigga nigga
Sup my nigga nigga you a nigga
Me and my squad be nigga niggas"
Jeff listened to some trap music and changed his name to Apple Juice Killa, sold oregano to his homies and rhymed nigga with nigga.
by Apple Juice Killa April 02, 2011
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Someone said "crap music" but a music vampire misheard it as Trap music and the shitty combination of rap dub and dubstep was born into a the magnificently terrible new music genre mainstream era have come to love for retarded lyrics and meaningless creation.
That is some amazing Trap Music
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TRAP MUSIC = rap/hiphop + dubstep + Techno/Dance + Hella Base + "Damn son where'd you find this". Supporters enjoy this new genre, especially those who enjoy all the music genres included into TRAP. Listening to TRAP may blow your mind and be associated with having a good ass high/fade/day/night. Its up and coming and has been rapidly gaining fans the past few years.
Guy #1: Hey! You heard of TRAP MUSIC? Check out this mix I downloaded from YouTube. It's fuckin dope!
Background Music: "RUN DA TRAP"
Friend #1: This shit fucked up my speakers!! I still think its sick doe.
Friend #2: This is gay, I don't like rap.
Friend #3: I don't like techno.
Friend #4: TURN THIS SHIT UP!!!!!!!!!!!
by Delta 5 jack whale April 25, 2013
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