5 major reasons why ‘Trap’ music is not ‘Hip Hop’

This has been an question for a long while because of it’s nature and qualities. There are clear different between Trap and Traditional Hip Hop in general., unlike other genres in hip hop.

What is Trap Music?

Trap music is a genre that is picking up a lot of force among the consistently developing sub-genres of dance music culture. Although with trap musics or EDM Trap as some may call it, there is history behind the source of the sub genre that is all but new.

Trap music fist developed basically from the south. It is the type of genre with a hard mentality that you can feel in its brass, triangle, triplet hi hats, loud kicks, snappy snares and low end 808 bass samples. The percussion tests of decision when making trap typically start from the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine.

When discussing the “originators” in the trap music diversion, southern rappers like Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, Three 6 Mafia and Manny Fresh comes to our mind. As well as some of the notable trap music producers like Lex Luger, Zaytoven and Young Chop.

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However the new “trap music movement” or “EDM Trap” genre that is advancing has seen the utilization of techno, name, and dutch house like sounds consolidated with the consideration of the first Roland TR-808 drum tests and vocal samples utilized by the originators. Various stylistic offshoot of trap developed, which in the latter half of 2012 picked up a rise in viral prominence and had an observable effect on dance music.

Trap Music Explained

• 1/3 hip hop (tempo and song structure are similar, most tracks are usually between 70 -110 bpm) – with vocals sometimes pitched down.
• Dance Music 1/3 – High pitched Dutch synth work, Hardstyle sampling, as well as a plethora of trap remixed of popular EDM songs.
• 1/3 dub (Low frequency focus and strong emphasis on repetitiveness throughout a song).

So seeing all the factors associated with trap music brings in some clear cut points.

1. Trap is not 100% hip hop

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In most hip hop genres, the total components of hip hop are identified. In trap it rarely utilizes every one of the elements like DJing, beat-boxing and verse. Only rapping, break dance and some graffiti can be taken note.

2. Trap is dance oriented

The objective or focus of hip hop is lyrics and conceptual framework of innovation. Entertainment was initially a secondary point but trap music’s primary focus is dance.

3. Trap music unlike hip hop is not about knowledge

Since the standard breakout of trap, lyricism and knowledge began to dip in practice. The discussion about sex, medications, cash and power became the major content of most lyrics.

4. Conflicts in Hip Hop

These days, majority of the trap artistes don’t concur with the basics of hip hop. It is open learning that Lil Pump abhors JCole’s music since he’s excessively lyrical and Lil Yatchy thinks Notorious BIG was overrated.

5. Some Trap artists don’t even consider themselves hip hop

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Particularly in the Mumble segment, some openly admit that they are not rappers. Many don’t know even know the Hip Hop legends and they truly cant freestyle since they don’t know hip hop.

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