How To Create Easy a Trap Beat

Trap beats make up the basis of the popular genre of music, Trap. Trap music has been around since the 90s, but recently started to gain traction through the EDM and dance music cultures. If you look back to the beginnings of Trap music, it all started in deep in the dirty South. It’s a genre of music that’s filled with hard attitudes and rebellious vibes. It’s easy to feel the sound of the brass, triangle, triplet hi hats, loud kicks, snappy snares and low-end 808 bass samples that are used when composing tracks.

Traditionally, the percussion samples used when making Trap beats come from the Roland TR-808 drum machine. The founding fathers of trap all used this machine to create their revolutionary tracks that put this genre on the map. Some notable founders of Trap include Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, Three 6 Mafia, and Manny Fresh.

While old school Trap music is heavy on the percussions, the way Trap beats have evolved today in the mainstream world of music has seen a lot of EDM Trap crossover beats. This means the Trap as we know it today has evolved into the use of techno, dub, and Dutch house sounds that are mixed right along with the original percussion from the Roland TR-808 drum machine.

An easy way to think of modern Trap music is as the combination of the following:

One-third hip-hop, with most tracks being between 70 and 110 bpm.
One-third dance music, with Dutch synth work and many Trap songs being remixed of EDM and dance songs.
One-third dub, with a low frequency focus and prevalent repetitiveness.

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