Trap Beats: The New Genre Of Beat Production5675561
Urban music seems to be expanding like crazy. The rise of rap sub genres is expanding more and much more daily. It seems like the younger generation is becoming easy, however and nonetheless creative. The newest sub genre of rap is called "trap" and it originates from southern rap. This brand of rap has been made 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 power dirty south beat. In musical terms, they generally include a lot of minor second intervals, or has important modulate in minor seconds. The signature to this style of music seems to be the fast hi hat rolls. Producers and beat makers often 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 1 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. Because 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 house.
An additional trend that I notice in trap beats is the heavy use of reverb on the primary instrument. There is usually one stand out instrument placed with a heavy reverb impact such as a grand piano, electric guitar, or synth. It is usually a easy melody that repeats over and over and modulates up or down. The technique to the madness is extremely easy, but do not under estimate the complexities that are put 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 very popular in this genre. By slightly distorting an ordinary 808 sub provides it the underground "hood" or "trap" really 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 place into it. There is a lot of advance sound design that many producers use to create their own brand of sound, and the mix methods that are used make up for the lack of musical complexity.