eXaDiCt – Trust Me Abou Bass (djBJoRN Remix 2015)
Trap music incorporates an extensive use of multi-layered hard-lined and melodic synthesizers; crisp, grimy and rhythmic snares; deep 808 sub-bass kick drums or heavy sub-bass lines; double-time, triple-time and similarly divided hi-hats; and a cinematic and symphonic utilization of string, brass and keyboard instruments creating an overall dark, harsh, grim and bleak background feeling for the listener. These primary characteristics would go on to be the signature sound and feeling of trap music originating from producer Shawty Redd. The speed of a typical trap beat has a BPM of 140.
Trap music is also defined by its bleak, gritty and belligerent lyrical content, ominous characteristics which varies widely on the hip hop artist but typical lyrical themes include observations of street life, poverty, violence, and hardship in the “trap” and harsh experiences urban surroundings that the rapper is trying to lyrically portray to the listener.