The Trap Age: 2020’s Is the Best Decade for Music (So Far)
The young trapstars exemplify an entire generation.
Listen to the thump. The lyrics are like scenes from gunfights in the streets of Wilmington, Delaware, Altanta, Georgia Chicago, Illinois, Los Angeles, California, or New York City, New York. These places all have experienced spikes in violence during this COVID-19 pandemic. The demonstrations continue. So what is the soundtrack to all of this? The greatest decade for music, the Roaring 20’s...2.0. This is the Trap Age.
The trap music booming from the stereos is like the audio equivalent of seeing men, women, and children gunned down in their own neighborhoods. But the beat goes on. As if nothing is going to change except for radical reform of the DEA and police departments. But the artists just want to get money. Like the jazz artists of the 1920’s who sliced with open blades and witnessed bootleggers shot down like dogs in the street, these young rhymers know the ugliness and bleakness of the streets but also the beauty.
These current trap beats like those of Peso Peso with “Dip and Dots” have a driving bass that rattles and shakes with stutters and bass. He laces his beats with lyrics concerning the money coming in, the foes falling, and pretty women attracting like magnets. Kaddi Blackboy brings to the fore what Jeezy, TI, Rick Ross, Waka Flocka Flame, Outkast, UGK and Ghetto Mafia and others have already put their own touches on the sound of the streets.
This is the best decade (so far) for the music to be related from the streets to the suburbs. The anger and frustration that exists on the block bleeds into the stereo system.
So, with the global pandemic, the racial divide, and the increase in gun violence in urban areas only drives artists like Baby Jungle and Lil’ Keed to make some of the most pulsating and powerful music to match the dark times that we are experiencing right now. Trap is so important to 2020 because it reflects the viciousness of the dilapidated areas and the hunger to find out what these places are like to suburbanites.
Though it’s known as drill music in Chicago, it’s just another incarnation of trap music which is related to gangsta rap but the drum patterns and the mumbling differentiate the styles.
Do something right now. Listen to Baby Jungle and Lil’ Keed’s “The Purge (Remix).” Better yet look at the video. It appears as most trap videos do. The artists are flooded with diamonds and platinum choker chains, tattoos, and spotless attire and accessories. Beautiful women grind and gyrate around super level vehicles like Rolls Royces. Here the scene is more bellicose, replete with weaponry and military grade vehicles. But listen to the lyrics. Let your ear become a satellite taking in the coded language.
What “You can get killed around here./ ...I don’t even shed...tears” exhibits is a generation tied up in the initiation of physical force. The pain and the turmoil emanating from the above locales is a result of the creative destruction of these young people.
They run around in Gucci slides with semi-automatic rifles. They yearn for someone to direct them. But at the same time they just want to throw a party. But when that party gets shot up, all that is left is the music playing trap, trap, trap, trap. The dissonance matched with melodic touches have been perfected by Drake, Future, Lil’ Wayne and the Migos, just to list a few.
Sic Withit upholds the sex, drugs, and hip hip lifestyle as he says in his song with 42 Dugg on “Anotha One,” “I’ve got my own cars, my own guns.” This shows the live at high speed and risk crashing sensibility.
But it’s these little rappers/trappers on the come up that should get the most shine. These Generation Z affiliates represent the new and the now. That is why the period in which we live is the best decade for music. It demonstrates a harshness and a seriousness balanced with humor and playfulness. The dire situation of the current world is like the blues in real life. The incarnation of this style, jazz, ruled the 1920’s. The 2020’s is all about trap music. It is the defining sound of young people exploring their own relation to life and their places in it.