Trap Music Survey

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I chose to do my survey project on something I am very passionate about, music. Particularly Hip-Hop, Rhythm & Blues, and Trap Music. The directions were to survey one hundred people and ask them weather or not they liked the three things I chose to ask them about. Out of the one hundred people I surveyed, ninety one people, were a fan of Hip-Hop, 78 were a fan of Rhythm & Blues, and 65 were a fan of Trap Music. The people surveyed were allowed to like more than one of the sub-genres, or even none at all. Following the survey, I am writing a research paper on where the genres came from and their influence on society.

Hip-Hop was developed in the early seventies in one of the poorest slums of New York, The Bronx. 1520 Sedgwick Ave. to
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Rhythm & Blues evolved in the forties from the original genre, blues. Rhythm & Blues was disparate from blues in the sense it focused less on improvisation and more passionately on the song and lyrics, it too included back beats in which blues alone, did not. In the 50’s the genre gained popularity through artists such as Ruth Brown and Ray Charles. Though it was widely popular across the United States, like present day rap, it was different according to the region the artist was coming from. In New York and Philadelphia and Chicago, Rhythm & Blues had smooth production and vocal interplay. In Detroit and Motown, Rhythm and Blues was greatly influenced by Gospel Music and acclimatized a pop music sound. In the southern region, Rhythm & Blues involved loud horns, passion, soul, and syncopated rhythm. By the sixties and seventies era, Rhythm & Blues started to disappear off of the map as Funk music swept through america gaining interest of previous Rhythm & Blues fans. Surely enough, Rhythm & Blues made it’s come back in the 80’s and 90’s reinvented now including more Hip-Hop inspired, urban, stylistic…show more content…
Trap Music started gaining popularity in the late eighties with the creation of the TR-808 machine that produced deep bass bumps, hi-hats, and thin snares all of which are essential to the trap sound. In the nineties, in Houston Texas, young artist started selling cassette tapes with slowed down rap music creating the present day chopped and screwed style. Music was slowed down because it was intentionally enhanced for a listener who was sipping cough syrup or under the influence of drugs and in an altered state of consciousness, slower music sounded better amplifying their drug trips. In two thousand, trap music really took off when three 6 mafia released a track called “sippin on some sizzurp” which was most popular than any previously produced trap music type of rap. Artist like Outkast started growing in popularity and the type of music was more widely recognized but it wasn’t until T.I. came out with a mixtape titled “Trap Muzik” that it gained a title becoming music intended for people specifically whom live in trap houses, sell drugs, and or do drugs. This generally was southern Hip-Hop, but broken down it was “trap music.” Trap music got so popular that many labels were made where they only signed trap rappers such as 1017 records signing southern rappers
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