Trap Beats: The New Genre Of Beat Production8624473

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Urban music appears 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 easy, yet 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 high 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 fast hi hat rolls. Producers and beat makers frequently 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 common 1 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 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 home.

An additional 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 generally a simple melody that repeats more than and more than and modulates up or down. The method to the madness is very simple, but don't below estimate the complexities that are put into this.

The main 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" feel that appears 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, don't under estimate the complexities that are put into it. There is a lot of advance sound design that many producers use to create their own brand of sound, and the mix techniques that are used make up for the lack of musical complexity.

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