Young Jeezy crafted Thug Motivation 101. As a result he is allowed to call himself the father of trap music. Hit the jump to watch the full interview where the Snowman touches on music and current events at the A3C Conference.
Speaking with former Huffington Post commentator and BET social critic Marc Lamont Hill, Jeezy touched upon a multiplicity of topics during the one-hour chat, including his new album, Church in These Streets, the concept behind the rapper’s new single, “GOD,” the Ferguson riots, police brutality and the #BlackLivesMovement that swept the county in a fury.
During the interview, “The Father of Trap Music” was asked how he wanted to be remembered as an artist: Remember me as a Black man that had a dream, fulfilled that dream, and stayed true to himself and what he believed in.
However, the new “trap music movement” or “EDM Trap” genre that is evolving has seen the use of techno, dub, and dutch house like sounds incorporated with the inclusion of the original Roland TR-808 drum samples and vocal samples used by the originators.
A number of stylistic offshoots of trap developed, which in the latter half of 2012 gained a rise in viral popularity and made a noticeable impact on dance music.
To simply break it down, Trap music would be best described as a combination of:
- 1/3 hip hop (tempo and song structure are similar, most tracks are usually between 70 -110 bpm) – with vocals sometimes pitched down
- 1/3 Dance Music – High pitched Dutch synth work, Hardstyle sampling, as well as a plethora of trap remixed of popular EDM songs
- 1/3 dub (Low frequency focus and strong emphasis on repetitiveness throughout a song)