The term “trap” originated in the ’90s and early ’00s in Atlanta, as a way to describe where drug deals took place. It later evolved to include music that spoke about the trap and featured its own distinct sound (“sub-divided hi-hats;” 808 kick drums; synths; dark, moody beats). Artists credited with starting trap include Shawty Redd, Ghetto Mafia, Outkast, UGK, 8Ball and MJG, Master P, and more. T.I.’s second album, Trap Muzik, was released in 2003. Gucci Mane’s Trap House dropped in 2005.
Latin trap, also referred to as Spanish-language trap and trapeton, emerged out of Puerto Rico as a new movement within the genre in 2015. It also talks about the trap, or in this case, la calle, and what goes down there. In addition to taking it’s sound from trap, Latin trap is infused with reggaeton and dembow. Its notable artists include Bad Bunny, Anuel AA, Fuego, Farruko, De La Ghetto, Ozuna, La Zowi, Messiah, Bryant Myers, and Noriel. In order to delve deeper into Latin trap, which has really grown, starting in 2017, we wanted to share some of the important songs that everyone should know about, with some details about each jam. Think of it as Latin Trap 101!