What is the history of trap music
TrapMusic style or lifestyle?
"The fans of the past ask why / do they rap in such a strange flow?
We thought about money on one track / is that how you do it. "
Good question! Why are the guitar hip-hoppers from Kraftklub suddenly rapping so strangely? What is this showing off? And why do you hear such monstrous basses and chubby beats? The answer is: Because the band also wants to try their hand at the trap! The style has been very successful in the United States for several years. For some German artists this has recently been reason enough to adapt parts of the style for themselves. Bands like Kraftklub or Gloomy Boyz, the secret side project of rapper Casper, can show themselves from another side. Namely, excessively loudmouthed and aggressive. Markus Ganter is a music producer from Berlin and an unofficial member of the Gloomy Boyz.
"How true or untrue is it all? Regardless of whether it is trap or classic gangster rap, there is a lot of truth combined with a lot of poetry. That's the way it is in gangster rap and it is like that in trap. Basically, it's just that Frame different. "
The framework is the typical trap sounds: long, deep bass tones and nervous clicking hi-hat sounds. That all sounds very sterile and, according to Ganter, there is also a very simple way of working behind it.
"Trap lives from the fact that it is super easy to make. Nowadays every child has Fruity Loops on their Windows computer. You don't go to the studio and have a set of strings played in, but take the string preset and then the Bam! Bam! Bam! As nobody would play it, of course, and completely synthetic. But it also has its charm! "
The genre originally comes from the USA in the early 80s. Miami bass is very popular at that time, fast rap to electronic music. Back then, the tracks were often produced with the legendary TR-808 drum computer, which shaped the sound and is still used in traps today. Then there was party hip-hop about money, cars and women. This gave rise to the trap sound in the early 90s, which is still centered in Atlanta today. The term trap not only describes the music, but also Atlanta itself.
"The Trap is a place where A, drugs are consumed and B, many people finance their living with drugs," explains music journalist Sascha Ehlert from Berlin. "It's primarily party music. But in trap songs you make the best of such a bad situation and ignore reality."
It fits in with the fact that many trap productions first premiere in strip clubs and the music videos are shot there too. The artists like Gucci Mane or Jeezy are also often heavily armed, because there are envious and rivals. A dangerous way of life! For Ehlert, this is also the reason why Trap cannot be copied one-to-one in Germany
"There are German rappers who work in this direction, but there is no trap musician per se. Because it is a lifestyle and you would be ridiculous if you said in Germany that you live it." While in Germany with artists like Marteria, Gloomy Boyz and Kraftklub the sound aesthetics of the genre are slowly arriving in the mainstream, Trap is already firmly anchored in international pop and EDM. American EDM producers like Diplo celebrate huge successes with rather instrumental tracks.
It is not yet clear whether trap will really establish itself as a genre in German mainstream pop and rap. Music producer Markus Ganter almost sounds like he's hoping for Trap to end quickly. "I think German rap has developed its own sound language. That's why I think Germany doesn't need that, but I'm always grateful for any music there is, I'll say."
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