The History of Trap (Hardcover)
*** Author of "Rapper's Delight" essay currently archived at the Library of Congress ***
*** Guest speaker of BBC2 Radio "Rapper's Delight 40th Anniversary" by DJ Trevor Nelson - September 2019 ***
Dive deep into the electrifying world of trap music with Eric Reese's "The History of Trap". Born from the gritty corners of Southern U.S. cities, trap has transformed from a subgenre of hip-hop into a cultural phenomenon reverberating across the globe.
Follow the journey from the tough streets of Atlanta, where producers like DJ Toomp and Shawty Redd defined the early trap sound, to its mainstream breakthrough with artists like T.I. and Gucci Mane. Discover the unique blend of vivid storytelling, aggressive beats, and synth-heavy melodies that have propelled trap music to the forefront of the hip-hop scene.
More than just a musical genre, Reese uncovers how trap is a reflection of life in some of America's toughest neighborhoods, with themes of struggle, ambition, and hustle echoing throughout its lyrical landscape.
In this captivating guide, delve into:
- Trap Roots: The influences and key figures behind the birth of trap music
- 808's and Heartbeats: The signature sound of trap and its evolution
- The Trap Movement: How artists like Future, Migos, and Young Thug took trap global
- Trap's Influence on Pop Culture: From music to fashion and beyond
- Trap and Society: The commentary on socio-economic issues within the lyrics
- The Future of Trap: Emerging artists and trends shaping the genre
"The History of Trap" gives you a raw, unfiltered look at the genre that's taken the world by storm. From its southern origins to its global impact, this is the definitive guide to trap music.
Witness the rise, reign, and future of trap music. Tune into the rhythm of the streets, feel the pulse of the beats, and understand why trap music has become an irresistible force in today's musical landscape.