Stories produced by St. Peter's Journalism Students
By RJ Meliscat
Trap music has been a growing trend in the Hip-Hop community turning people like Fetty Wap and Future into household names. It began in the early 2000s in the urban southern neighborhoods of Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia & Georgia. The music features lyrics about the drug trade on the drug trade and the dealer’s life while he’s selling narcotics, which in the southern is called Trapping .
Some Hip-Hop purist hate the genre because they feel like lyrics are getting less and less important, because trap music mainly focuses on the beat.
“Personally I think it’s garbage but that’s just me, but one person’s trash is another man’s treasure,” says Kaydas rapper from the group Metanoiz.
These are the lyrics to Future’s recent single Trap N*ggas.
“When you wake up before you brush your teeth You grab your strap, n*gga Only time you get down on your knees Shooting craps, nigga F*ck what you heard, God blessin’ all the trap n*ggas God blessin’ all the trap n*ggas,” says Future .
The music has quickly grown in popularity in the last three years. Future’s was the number one on The Billboard top 100 selling 151,000 units in the week of July.
“I feel like trash has completely taken over the business, but I also feel like Rap has its seasons of sub genres that pop up. If you look at everything on the Billboard top 100, the top three songs lyrically have at a third grade level ,” says Kaydom rapper from the group Metanoiz.
Some feel like the music content doesn’t really matter because they are just having fun.
“I know not to take too seriously. I know they talking about illicit material but I know they don’t take seriously themselves. You gotta remember it’s entertainment,” says Quan Graham Saint Peter’s University Student.
Other’s just like the way the music makes them feel.
“It makes me feel ignorant and sometimes I like feeling ignorant,” says Alpit Patel, a Saint Peter’s University Student.
Future has been quoted saying he promotes drug use because it’s “Catchy.” Since he continues to make money rapping about drugs why stop?
“Here’s the cold hard truth kid. It’s a business, In order to make money in this business you have to sell out,” says Grammy award-winning manager and publicist Erik A Kroll.
Others feel trends in music, whether it’s Gansta rap, or Crunk Rap eventually die out, and this is just another fad.
“5 years from now there’s going to be another sub genre of Hip- Hop. It will die out as quick as every other fad did,” says Kaydas .
Some also feel old school Hip- Hop music will always find a way to out live the trends in the Hip-Hop game.
“07 we had southern rap and 03 we had the Ja- Rule R&B music. I feel like in a few years it will be something else. I feel like the one thing that doesn’t die out is old school Hip- Hop, that’s why we make that kind of music because it will never be outdated,” says Kaydom.
Meanwhile, some feel music is up for interpretation.
“Music is subjective, each person feels differently about a certain type of music. Whether you like trap music or not, people are still going to listen to it. That’s the beauty of music different people like different things,” says Amber Wiggins Saint Peter’s University Student.