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trap music

What does trap music mean?

Trap music is a popular subgenre of hip-hop known for its harsh sound and grim lyrics.

Where does trap music come from?

Examples of trap music

“2000 R&B music makes me wanna be in a relationship but 2017 trap music puts me in the mood of being single is nice”
Levi Wilkens @wilkens445 Twitter (May 1, 2017)
“depends what type of trap music you're talking about. on the hip hop side you gotta go ugk, lil flip, slim thug, most of rick ross's catalogue, t.i., gucci mane, chief keef.”
JPM1983 Reddit (December 13, 2013)
“Having grown up listening to similar artists, I found this LP very suited and refreshing to my tastebuds amongst all the heavy modern trap music crammed into Spotify playlists.”
Vivienne Lumley, “Album Review: Sons of Volt – Notes of Blue (2017 LP),” The AU Review (February 28, 2017)

Who uses trap music?

Trap music is sometimes just called trap, as in, “I’ve been listening to a lot of trap lately.”

Rapper Fetty Wap, whose sound shows trap music influences, released a popular 2015 song called Trap Queen which, according to an interview, is inspired by a woman he cooked drugs with in a trap.

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