THE ORIGIN OF TRAP MUSIC IS RELATED TO THE CITY OF ATLANTA AND, MORE GENERALLY, TO THE SOUTH-EASTERN COUNTRIES OF THE UNITED STATES. A MUSICAL TREND THAT DEVELOPS STARTING FROM THE EARLY 90IES, WHEN SOME RAPPERS GAVE BIRTH TO THIS SUB-GENRE.
But why is it called ‘trap music’? The word is related the trap houses, old, creepy houses that sometimes appear in gangster movies or tv series. These wobbly, suburban shanties have become iconic places of drug dealing, dubbed as trap houses because of their structure: there is only one way in and one way out, so the dealers can control clients and avoid thefts.
Many of these have been left in decay and abandon. Pushers have considered them a good shelter for their traffic, turning them into coffee shops and dealing places where to do their illegal activity away from unwanted eyes. Some rappers have started to talk about what happened into the trap houses, and, in time, rude tales of criminality have been associated to this branch of rap music.
Once again, as it happened with gospel, jazz and hip hop, the push to new ways of conceiving and make music has come from situation of social malaise, turning suburbs chronicles into a multi-millionaire business.
Text by Francesco Cutello