The Biggest Trends in Trap Music We’ve Seen This Year

If you’re not familiar with trap music, you can rest assured that you’ve probably heard it at least once, even if you didn’t recognize it then. With trap dominating the charts for the last 10 years, chances are that you’ve had one or two songs stuck in your head for a while. Trap connects two unique genres, Southern hip hop and electronic music, which may seem like an odd combination, but it doesn’t come off as much of a surprise as many of today’s genres are a fusion of old and modern electronic styles. The cultural roots of trap music are quite similar to those of rap since a lot of rappers are responsible for its development and evolution. Even though trap music started in Atlanta, it increased in popularity over the years, reaching almost every region in the world. To recap its progress, here are some of the biggest trends that we’ve witnessed this year.

Chill Trap

Adding the word ‘chill’ into pre-existing genres introduces a new concept that can be associated with them. Typically, not all genres are designed to be listened to under “lounge” conditions or for relaxation. When it comes to chill traps, you’ll notice that it can be characterized as a more mellow and downtempo version of the traditional trap. As the music aficionados explain on, thick 808 kits and synth samples are still essential components of trap songs that give freedom to artists to use, edit, and mix classic samples easily. Since the chillwave is more of a “bedroom producer” kind of musical movement, you’ll notice the usage of lo-fi and distorted traditional drum kits in the tracks.

The chill trap doesn’t contain lyrics or actual rap. Instead, it’s got more indie and dubstep characteristics that make it sound quite different from the regular trap, and less of a dancefloor-moving genre. As more artists expand on the definition of trap genre, the chill trap subgenre is proof of the increased interest in trap music. Even though we aren’t halfway through 2020, the chill trap is already becoming a trend amongst underground producers.

Music Videos

Trap’s underground nature made its access to the visual medium a bit limited, as artists barely had enough time or funds to finance such an endeavor. With the relatively recent boom of trap music, the once limited exposure suddenly became a huge sensation that invaded the entertainment industry. Music videos are now becoming trendier in more than one genre, so the trap is trying to properly mark its position as one of the dominant genres not only on the charts but also on the audio-visual scene.

Music videos can easily become a mainstream trend with any social spark, making them a pretty strong tool in marketing for new trap music and artists. Since the producers of trap music know that exposure will help them carve the legendary career niche they have in mind, using music videos as a catalyst to put their productions under a spotlight is a pretty wise choice.

Vapor Trap

Also known as emo trap, the vapor trap is a result of the connections made by artists like Lil Peep and XXXTENTACION with trap and guitar-based movements and alt-rock variations. The rebellious soul of guitar-driven interpolations is sitting quite well with the nature of the trap, is a genre that was spawned through Atlanta’s housing projects and tough living conditions. Anyone who has spent considerable time getting acquainted with the underground trap artist map on streaming websites like Soundcloud and YouTube will probably be familiar with the vapor trap.

Future Trap

As a unique subgenre produced from the fusion of future bass and trap, the future trap is proving to be a trendy dancefloor favorite. Pioneered by artists like RL Grime and Flux Pavilion, the dubstep origins of trap have become more pronounced, with extra focus on the drops. Unlike future bass, where bass drops are mainly composed of synths, future trap’s bass drops still retain trap’s hard and sharp nature. The low-intense vibes of future bass are replaced with the tension-filled and explosive bass drops in a future trap.

Trap music is cleverly carving out a place for itself amidst the pop’s dominating reign of the charts. People have stopped associating trap music with rap since it’s become its own thing. One of the main reasons why trap music is seeing a lot of trendy contributions is its public availability, which means that you don’t have to have access to professional and expensive studios to create proper trap music. The trendier trap becomes, the more attention it gets from artists of other genres. This exposure on multiple platforms ensures that trap music will stay trendy and relevant for a pretty good while.


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