I never really understood trap, from time to time I was listening to some tracks labeled as trap, but I never really understood the concept of it. I was trying to look under its skin to find some delicate secret hidden within. I didn't find anything there.
It's enough of my thoughts let's learn how to trap from the man himself, Munchkin.
I got into the world of electronic music way back in the day with Aphex Twin. I was listening to house and DnB, later I moved onto dubstep then I heard trap. After I heard trap for the first time it was a match made in heaven because I always listened to the "dirty south" types of rap like T.I with those low 808 kicks, tons of hats and tons of rhythm so when the worlds of EDM and hip-hop merged it was perfect.
It totally gets the whole crowd "Turnt" and is just a wild experience.
Trap is at full effect when you have a whole crowd of more than a thousand people getting hyped up to the drop at the same time. Sometimes it doesn't do it for some people at smaller dance parties or home listening.
*At this point I realized that I was so wrong about trap. Sometimes there is absolutely no need to look for the depths, it just have to be heard, it has to be felt as it is. Trap is like a roller-coaster taking you all the way up and then dropping you into the oven heated with a soundscape that is way off the charts.*
Trap as a genre was established when TI released his album "Trap Muzik" all the way back in 2006. Trap music referred to the Trap as in a place where drug dealers did their business, so it's really drug dealing music. In the meantime electronic trap has very little to do with traditional rap-trap. These are genres that show many similarities, but they don't really sound alike regardless of some identical roots. Both use similar drum samples but instead of rap lyrics electronic trap music uses intense dance synths/basses with repetitive chopped up vocals, focusing on the drop, causing as much hype as possible. Rap-trap music has been around for a long time and electronic trap music just came around, starting with Baauer's "Harlem Shake", followed with a bunch of tracks being posted on All Trap Music from Hucci, RL Grime, and plenty of other artists jumping on the bandwagon in no time. There's still rap-trap music, so it is safe to state that they're two separate genres.
As Big Room House is making it real big just like electronic trap their crossover might very well be the next big thing of the future. On one hand there is this really high energy synth based trap music referred to as festival trap and on the other hand there is the calm and chill sample based trap music like Baauer and Hucci. Nowadays the big thing is "Fuck Genres" meaning that artists are not stuck to one specific type of music so they can go all over the place because there's just so much going on right you can't really put your finger on what type of music you make exactly, when there's so many different sounds to choose from. - Adam Miller aka Munchkin
What else can I say? Here you have it lads, trap exposed and explained. If you are interested in the future of the electronic trap just look for my Hard House article. All hail Munchkin!