Trap Beats: The New Genre Of Beat Production2509651
Urban music seems to be expanding like crazy. The rise of rap sub genres is expanding much more and much more daily. It seems like the younger generation is becoming easy, yet and still inventive. 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 contain 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 often use higher 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 common one 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 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 home.
An additional 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 usually a easy melody that repeats over and more than and modulates up or down. The technique to the madness is very simple, but do not below estimate the complexities that are put into this.
The primary element, and most likely the most essential element in a trap beat is the bassline. Lex Luger produced the distorted 808 sub bass line very well-liked in this genre. By slightly distorting an ordinary 808 sub gives it the underground "hood" or "trap" really feel that seems to be craved by all of the up and coming new artists.
Whilst this new genre of urban music is very easy in musical terms, do not below estimate the complexities that are put into it. There is a lot of advance sound design that numerous producers use to produce their own brand of sound, and the mix techniques that are used make up for the lack of musical complexity.