Trap Beats: The New Genre Of Beat Production30732

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Urban music seems to be expanding like crazy. The rise of rap sub genres is growing much more and more everyday. It appears like the younger generation is becoming easy, however and nonetheless inventive. The newest sub genre of rap is known as "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 contain 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 high tempos in the variety 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 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 method 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 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 main instrument. There is generally 1 stand out instrument placed with a heavy reverb impact such as a grand piano, electric guitar, or synth. It is usually a simple melody that repeats more than and more than and modulates up or down. The method to the madness is very easy, but do not below estimate the complexities that are place 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 extremely 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.

Whilst this new genre of urban music is extremely 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 methods that are used make up for the lack of musical complexity.

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