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    Does anyone know about this genre of music?

    Does anyone know what Trap Music is?

    For the past month or so our local Spanish CHR station BOMBA-FM has been promoting a concert by an artist called "Bad Bunny". The promo mentions "Trap Music en espanol."

    Then tonight on the Facebook page for our other Spanish CHR Station La Mega 101.7 (910) there was a post by their DJ "The Bad Boy' Richie Rich Ojeda that tonight and every Saturday Night he would be playing Reggaeton and Trap Music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcB View Post
    Does anyone know what Trap Music is?

    For the past month or so our local Spanish CHR station BOMBA-FM has been promoting a concert by an artist called "Bad Bunny". The promo mentions "Trap Music en espanol."

    Then tonight on the Facebook page for our other Spanish CHR Station La Mega 101.7 (910) there was a post by their DJ "The Bad Boy' Richie Rich Ojeda that tonight and every Saturday Night he would be playing Reggaeton and Trap Music.
    Trap is a derivative of Reggaetón. It has more influence from a form of Hip Hop than the more Caribbean-origin reggaetón.

    Like pornography and the famous "I know it when I see it" statement, I know it when I hear it. It's a little uncertain with some songs where reggaetón stops and trap begins; the best definitions are based on the nature of the bass lines and such and I'm not enough of a musician to grasp those points.

    Wikipedia does a better than average job on defining it:

    In 2015, a new movement of trap music referred to as "Latin Trap" began to emerge.[35] Also known as Spanish-language trap, Latin trap similar to mainstream trap which details "'la calle,' or the streets—hustling, sex, and drugs".[36] Prominent artists of Latin trap include Fuego, Anuel AA and Bad Bunny. In July 2017, The Fader wrote "Rappers and reggaetoneros from Puerto Rico to Colombia have taken elements of trap—the lurching bass lines, jittering 808s and the eyes-half-closed vibe—and infused them into banger after banger." In an August 2017 article for Billboard's series, "A Brief History Of," they enlisted some of the key artists of Latin trap—including Ozuna, De La Ghetto, Bad Bunny, Farruko and Messiah—to narrate a brief history on the genre.
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    Trap is pretty much gangsta rap's influence on reggaetón. And it's already an international phenomena with African, Polish, Middle Eastern and South Asian variations popping up. It's time is here. It just needs that "Smells Like Teen Spirit"-like gamechanging big mainstream breakthrough hit. Bad Bunny is one of the biggest stars of that genre

    There's all-Trap music pirate stations in downtown London.

    Lyrically, most of it is pretty hot too. But if it's another language than English, American stations aren't likely to be snitched off to the FCC. So there's probably going to be an English Trap song with all the nasty words in Spanish.

    I actually think it's pretty clever; if you can't say it on the radio one way, say it another. And to know what is said, you have to learn the language. And while that's not the proper way of learning languages, it's still a back door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bongwater View Post
    I actually think it's pretty clever; if you can't say it on the radio one way, say it another. And to know what is said, you have to learn the language. And while that's not the proper way of learning languages, it's still a back door.
    You are right, but it is a little more than learning the language. The lyrics are pure Puerto Rican street slang. Knowing Spanish is not going to help understand, because so much of the Puerto Rican vocabulary is unique.

    Reggaetón has made the more traditional Puerto Rican expressions well known all over Latin America, but the language of Trap and the harder core reggaetón is at a totally different level. I do a weekly Spanish pop new release service for LA syndicator Radio Express and I have to label many cuts as "Explict" because stations far removed from Puerto Rico may not understand the lyrics well enough to know that they are, to use your word, "nasty". A dead giveaway, though, is the use of the English F-word, with or without "mother". It's more common than you'd imagine.

    Bad Bunny had a top 10 record last week in Chile... something he can't seem to achieve in PR.
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