Trap Beats: The New Genre Of Beat Production9481410
Urban music appears to be expanding like crazy. The rise of rap sub genres is growing much more and much more everyday. It appears like the younger generation is becoming easy, 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 made 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 higher power dirty south beat. In musical terms, they usually contain a lot of minor second intervals, or has important modulate in minor seconds. The signature to this style of music appears to be the fast hi hat rolls. Producers and beat makers often use high tempos in the variety 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 typical 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 fast 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 permit 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 primary instrument. There is usually 1 stand out instrument placed with a heavy reverb effect such as a grand piano, electric guitar, or synth. It is usually a simple melody that repeats over and more than and modulates up or down. The method to the madness is very easy, but don't below estimate the complexities that are place into this.
The main 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" feel that appears to be craved by all of the up and coming new artists.
While this new genre of urban music is very simple in musical terms, do not below estimate the complexities that are put into it. There is a lot of advance sound style that many producers use to produce their personal brand of sound, and the mix techniques that are utilized make up for the lack of musical complexity.