Trap Beats: The New Genre Of Beat Production556890
Urban music seems to be expanding like crazy. The rise of rap sub genres is expanding much more and more everyday. It seems like the younger generation is becoming simple, however and still creative. The newest sub genre of rap is called "trap" and it originates from southern rap. This brand of rap has been produced popular by rap artists such as Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Wacka Flocka, Young Jeezy, an Ace Hood.
A trap beat is a down tempo higher energy dirty south beat. In musical terms, they generally include a lot of minor second intervals, or has key modulate in minor seconds. The signature to this style of music appears to be the rapid hi hat rolls. Producers and beat makers frequently use higher tempos in the range of 130 to 165 beats per minutes. Instead of the back beat snare or clap lying on the second and the fourth beats of the bar, a common one bar measure is extended more than two bars and the snare or clap lies on the third and seventh beats. Producers use this technique because it enables rapid quantized drum rolls. Since a drum roll synced at 1/16 would sound like 1/32, and a 1/32 would sound like 1/64. This would allow a sequencer to sequence drums synced at rhythms that sound like 1/128 or 1/256. And there lies the foundation to a trap beat. Producers know the old saying, if you have the drums right, you are half way home.
Another trend that I notice in trap beats is the heavy use of reverb on the main instrument. There is generally one stand out instrument placed with a heavy reverb impact such as a grand piano, electric guitar, or synth. It is generally a easy melody that repeats more than and more than and modulates up or down. The technique to the madness is extremely easy, but do not below estimate the complexities that are place into this.
The main element, and probably the most important element in a trap beat is the bassline. Lex Luger produced the distorted 808 sub bass line extremely well-liked in this genre. By slightly distorting an ordinary 808 sub provides it the underground "hood" or "trap" feel that seems to be craved by all of the up and coming new artists.
While this new genre of urban music is very easy in musical terms, don't below estimate the complexities that are put into it. There is a lot of advance sound design that numerous producers use to create their personal brand of sound, and the mix methods that are used make up for the lack of musical complexity.