Trap is a branch of rap music, and is about life on the streets. Trap lyrics are about manufacturing, selling, and using drugs, as well as some other aspects of life on the street. The name comes from the word "trap" which refers to a place where drugs are sold illegally. It originated in the Southern United States. Atlanta, Georgia is typically credited for being the birthplace of trap music. Some pioneers of trap are Young Jeezy, TI, and Gucci Mane. TI coined the term with his 2003 album "Trap Muzik." Trap music is known for having fast paced, high bpm beats with a lot of bass. It originated in the late 1990s - early 2000s, and became popular in the late 2000s - early 2010s.
-Just because a rap song has a high bpm doesn't mean it's trap music. Its about the lyrics: If they aren't rapping about the trap, then it isn't trap music.
-Trap is one of the most popular genres of music, even though most people don't know the meaning behind the lyrics and know nothing about life in the trap.
-Later on, in the early 2010's, drill rap originated in the South Side of Chicago as a branch of trap music.
by Its_Butters October 27, 2020
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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)
by EDM Historian September 2, 2012
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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
by shagg10 June 17, 2017
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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 2, 2011
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Its a type of TERRIBLE Rap, hence Trap music. It is void of any rhyming talent or actual musical ability.
You want to hear something that sounds worse than Country music? Here listen to Trap Music "artist" Migos.
by Luggage74 March 4, 2018
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Pure agony and torture in the form of music.
Friend: Trap music is the best music genre and it is way better than classic rock!
Me: Go away you dumb piece of s**t!
by Dray’s Dictionary March 13, 2021
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First originated from rap beats in the late 90s. In 2011-2012, Trap has been modified with 808's and sequential instrumental beats. Gaining popularity from artists like HU₵₵I, Tropkillaz, Baauer, TNGHT, and many others, Trap has been adopted by many artists, big and small, and is still gaining popularity to this day. Today, Trap takes many different varieties, being mashed together with dubstep (sometimes termed Hybrid Trap), Electronic, Moombahton, Jersey Club, Future Bass, etc. Trap Music can be experimented with in many different ways (called Experimental Trap), leading to distinctive drops and beat structures in many Trap songs.
Jake: "Yo, what kind of music do you listen to?"
Kyle: "Trap Music. SoundCloud's got all the underground bangers."
by _Danly_ January 25, 2018
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