Trap Beats: The New Genre Of Beat Production1173165
Urban music appears to be expanding like crazy. The rise of rap sub genres is growing much more and more daily. It appears 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 well-liked 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 high energy dirty south beat. In musical terms, they generally contain a lot of minor second intervals, or has key modulate in minor seconds. The signature to this style of music seems 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. Rather 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 over two bars and the snare or clap lies on the third and seventh beats. Producers use this method 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 correct, you are half way house.
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 simple melody that repeats over and over and modulates up or down. The technique to the madness is extremely easy, but don't under estimate the complexities that are place into this.
The primary element, and most likely 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 gives it the underground "hood" or "trap" really feel that appears to be craved by all of the up and coming new artists.
Whilst this new genre of urban music is extremely simple in musical terms, don't under estimate the complexities that are place into it. There is a lot of advance sound design that many producers use to produce their own brand of sound, and the mix techniques that are used make up for the lack of musical complexity.