It can go without saying that no genre took the dance music world by storm in 2012 like trap music. Combining the swagger of hip-hop with the sub-bass of dubstep while sprinkling in tings of booty bounce and breakbeat, trap easily exploded onto the dance music scene with help from TNGHT, Baauer and Flosstradamus. A new sound in electronic music, trap is no new feat for the hip-hop world — with its strong history in southern styles such as Houston hip-hop and Dirty South. Aided by rising producers, the bridge between hip-hop and electronic music crumbled in 2012, creating a new bass genre for dance music and a new life for rap — proving “hip-hop is not dead.”AEI Media took note of trap’s new power and created the All Trap Music compilation featuring some of the biggest trap productions from 2012.
A venture from much of the trap-infused outputs coming out today, the compilation features some of the first tracks to help launch one of the fastest growing genres in North America. Starting off with Baauer’s follow up to “Harlem Shake,” the All Trap Music compilation album begins with “Dum Dum,” a track that holds true to the roots of trap. Using what has proven to be key characteristics of the genre, Baauer uses synthesized horns and thick 808 kick drums to create the infectious instrumental beat. Following the opener AEI brings listeners tracks from up-and-coming trap producers RL Grime and UZ as well as cross-over outputs from Chase & Status. Featuring hot new producers and dark horses alike, the compilation proves to be a forceful trap sample — even landing a spot in iTunes top 10 dance chart earlier this week.