Trap music is a genre that is starting to gain quite a bit of momentum through the ever growing sub-genres of dance music culture. Although this new found hype towards trap music, or EDM Trap Music as some may call it, has recently emerged, there is a history behind the origin of the Trap genre that is all but new.
Trap music fist emerged coming primarily from the south, a genre filled with a hard attitude that you can feel in the sound of the brass, triangle, triplet hi hats, loud kicks, snappy snares and low end 808 bass samples that are used when composing tracks. The percussion samples of choice when making trap music are usually originate from the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine. When speaking of the “originators” in the trap music game, southern rappers like Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, Three 6 Mafia, and Manny Fresh come to mind. As well as some of the iconic trap music producers like Lex Luger, Zaytoven, and up and comer Young Chop.
We caught up with Rapgod Nulyfe, the creator and curator of TrapCulture News podcast in Kenya. He shared with usa few insights of trap music in the country.
What is trap culture?
Trap culture is a hip hop show ,and its more about new school rappers and more so its from hip hop because the founder of trap music is a hip hop artist called T.I and now culture stands for the people who keep it strictly trap.
When did you start this project?
Wow! that was about 8 months ago somewhere in January 2019 when I recorded our first podcast.
How’s the reception of trap in Kenyan music industry?
Its dope according to us! we see a lot of Kenyan hip-hop artists making more records so that means we got a lot of hip-hop fans out here.
Who are some of the biggest trap music names in Kenya and East Africa?
Every time people ask me this question I feel like is a tough question because to me I rate hip hop artists as one Khaligraph Jones, Octopizzoh, Jovvi jovv, Chin biz, Bkay, Katapila, ADFfamily, Young lunya……and the list goes on .
Why did you start this project?
I’m a hip-hop artist, podcast hosts and an upcoming hip-hop deejay so I did my research and saw that many Kenyan hip-hop fans are complaining that they don’t have real hip-hop shows and the radios do not play their music. My project was to be hosted on radio. I propose it to some radios like Capital FM and I was told they will get back to me though they never did. It was the same feedback . A friend of mine advised me to consider doing this project as a podcast. I opened Instagram account for trap culture and also twitter account so when i started posting stuff people started noticing about us so artists started sending us DMs sharing their links to there music and right now i can say trap-culture got more fans than all Kenyan hip-hop programs in radios.
What are some of the challenges this project faces in Kenya?
I spend hours researching reasons why there is no Kenyan hip-hop contents to post up. The other thing is that I would really want to do it as podcast but we don’t have enough cash to do so we need to record we need cameras my be soon so for now we need investors to come through as well as commercial partners.
What is the future of trap music in the region?
For now were trying to showcase what we have ….our plan is to show more work to all fans to support artists then later on we will make up events /gigs for artist to start making money off their music. We only need funding because we have a lot of ideas.
Kindly describe yourself to us…
I’m a hip-hop head ,hip-hop artist,host ….I know more about hip-hop music.
Any personal music projects?
Yaaaah as i said I’m hip-hop artist, my stage name is Rapgod Nulyfe a.k.a Trigger
We have so many dope hip hop artist in Kenya if only trap culture can get a bigger platform we can make every rapper eat this cake. for now its only Octopizzo and Khaligraph riding the wave but trust me we have more hot and dope rappers.