Trap music

Stylistic origins

Southern hip hop, crunk, hardcore hip hop

Cultural origins

1990s - present
Southern United States, particularly in Atlanta, Houston and Memphis

Notable artists

2 Chainz, Chief Keef, Desiigner, Fetty Wap, Gucci Mane, Metro Boomin, Migos, Rick Ross, T.I., Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti

Trap music is a subgenre that originated during the 1990s from Southern hip hop in the Southern United States. It is typified by its ominous lyrics and sound that incorporate double or triple-time sub-divided hi-hats, heavy kick drums from a Roland TR-808 synthesiser, layered synthesisers, and "cinematic" strings. The term "trap" initially referred to places where drug deals take place. In recent years, it has been incorporated with electronic dance music (EDM) by artists who have made remixed and made trap songs with more EDM-like aspects.