What is TRAP Music?

best described as 33% RAP, DUBSTEP, DUB and 1% hyphy sauce

Riff Raff

Everyone is talking about it but what is Trap music?  It isn’t really anything we haven’t heard.  I would say that Trap is just trying to put a new name on rap artists using an unconventionally high use of synth.  Rap is no stranger to bass, but the modulating bass we see in Dub and Future Bass is a bit fresh.  Trap is gangsta.  It’s repetitive.  It’s awesome and it is here to stay.

Urban Dictionary offers one strong definition of Trap music:

Trap music is based on use of the 808 Roland drum machine, pitched and re-sampled hiphop/rap vocals, pipe flutes, gangsta synth leads, and various FX. Similar to rap without the main vocal, Trap music has been gaining lots of attention from major DJ’s and labels. Although, the style originated many years ago, Trap music has recently been making a new school comeback in many new forms such as “Trap”, “Chirp”, “SeaPunk”, “PsyTrap”, and “TrapStep”. Earliest known examples can be found by artists such as Triple Six Mafia, UGK, Swisha House, and Gucci Mane. Tempos range widely from 135-175bpm which is uncommon for most major genres of electronic dance music (EDM).

 This is what trap music is now

You know it’s hit the mass market when Lil’ Wayne and TI do a track claiming the TRAP music.  It’s ok.  Trap was trending so hard it had no where to go.  To be quite honest, Ball is actually a pretty sick song.  I heard it a 5:50am when I was moving the van for street cleaning and it not only awoke me… it made me feel… ballin’!?

Another fine example is one of Riff Raff’s recent pieces.

Dub Phizix and Skeptical feat Strategy – Marka – Exit Records

Bet you haven’t heard this before.  Found this gangster beat at 4:09am whilst mobbing through DnBRadio Podcast.  It caught my ear immediately with the extremely crisp beat and precise lyrical mayhem.  No whomp whomp here.  Just pure straight dub.  This led me to take a peep at the music video…. Not going to lie, it’s a little bit scary to watch by yourself, but see it at your own risk.  We highly recommended listening to this on a serious speaker system  or on high quality studio monitors to get the full effect.

HVYHTTRS 36 Podcast is now LIVE

girl with gun

Ben Strokin is at it again with his latest Podcast release.  Apparently girls with guns are a really hot commodity right now and Ben Strokin is no stranger to this fine imagery.  This mix is a little bit on the softer side for a typical Hvyhttrs Podcast, but it is still very wobbly nonetheless.  He brings more of a deep and minimal bass which is becoming quite popular amongst the world of electronic/bass musicians looking to find new sound beyond the more abrasive womp predecessor.

You can grab this new mix directly off Podomatic by clicking on the attractive lady album artwork above or find Hvyhttrs on iTunes and subscribe to that.  You will not be disappointed with the awesomeness.

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HVYHTTRS 34 Dubstep Podcast Coming atcha HARD!


Its Saturday night and if you’re doing things right, you SHOULD be partying really hard into the night.  Need some heavy dubstep to make that a possibility?  Look no further than this latest Heavy Hitters podcast #34.   That’s a FREE download available through Pod-O-Matic or through iTunes so HAVE THAT.

TRACKLIST:

01. VERMIN FT GRAVITY MC – DUBPLATE 3

02. DOCTRINE – HEADSHOT

03. EXCISION & DOWNLINK – CROWD CONTROL

04. DOCTRINE – BRAINEATER

05. BUTTERFLY CRASH – HEISENBERG

06. BUTTERFLY CRASH & DISSOCI0O – ELEVEN

07. RYPTOR – KIRKOS

08. LIME & SLATER – CREEPIN` (DRULEY BOOTLEG)

09. SKRILLZ – SKUNK PUMP

10. MONXX – BOOGALOO

11. SOLOMAN – MY PARENTS ARE ALIENS

12. ZEDD – SCORPION MOVE

13. RIX CENA – BRING THIS DOWN

14. EVIL BASTARDS – LIGHT SPEED

15. VANNIN – PLASTIC

16. CRACKY – KERB

17. MR BOOGIE – MAKE YOUR FACE CRACK

18. EL DIABLO FT. MISTA CHATMAN – RUFFER DAN DEM (MEGLADON REMIX)

19. JACK DEEZL – SCARED STIFF

20. TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB – WHAT YOU KNOW (FEED ME COVER)

21. STINKAHBALL VS LABRINTH – EARTHQUAKE (REMIX)