Trap Beats: The New Genre Of Beat Production4921948
Urban music seems to be expanding like crazy. The rise of rap sub genres is expanding more and more everyday. It seems like the younger generation is becoming simple, 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 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 high power dirty south beat. In musical terms, they usually 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 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 over two bars and the snare or clap lies on the third and seventh beats. Producers use this method simply 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 right, you are half way home.
Another trend that I notice in trap beats is the heavy use of reverb on the primary instrument. There is generally 1 stand out instrument placed with a heavy reverb effect such as a grand piano, electric guitar, or synth. It is generally a simple melody that repeats more than and over and modulates up or down. The method to the madness is extremely easy, but do not under 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 made 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 appears to be craved by all of the up and coming new artists.
While this new genre of urban music is extremely simple in musical terms, do not below estimate the complexities that are place into it. There is a lot of advance sound design that many producers use to produce their personal brand of sound, and the mix techniques that are used make up for the lack of musical complexity.