The argument of who invented Trap Music has been a popular question lately. Between T.I., Gucci Mane, and Jeezy, everyone argued all three. For those who have been listening to all three since their careers started, one would look at the timeline and argue T.I. “There was no such thing as Trap Music prior to [T.I.]. It didn’t exist,” he said. Though T.I. may not have entirely created the genre, he popularized the term and was a huge reason why the trap music culture grew to where it is now. Beginning with his album Trap Muzik in 2003, the proof is literally in the title.


Following T.I.’s career, he started with albums like I’m Serious, Trap Music, and Urban Legend. These albums were T.I. in the trap while giving us heat like Be Easy, 24’s, U Don’t Know Me, and Asap. T.I. then began to grow and gave us T.I. vs. TIP where he became conflicted between the businessman and the man from the trap. Since then, T.I. switched up his sound with a more softer and pop vibe with songs like Blurred Lines and albums like Paper Trail, No Mercy, and Paperwork.

T.I. Gets The Trap Back Jumpin' With Dime Trap

We’ve now entered 2018 where T.I. has gotten back to his roots but not as a student. Dime Trap reintroduces T.I.’s nitty-gritty sound with that sprinkle of charm that we all appreciate from the King of the South. T.I. refers to Dime Trap as a “Ted Talk for hustlers.” We’ve heard T.I. rapping about cooking the work and getting locked up but this is different. Dime Trap is “a form of Trap niggas experiences and adventures,” he says on For The Weekend featuring Young Thug. Dope boys go through experiences like falling in love, having children, and having a good time and T.I. wanted this album to reflect that. “Just because it’s Trap Music don’t mean it got to be one dimensional.” With the reactions and narration from Dave Chappelle, T.I. takes us on a journey of growth and trap evolution.


“Laugh At’Em” serves as a reminder of who T.I. is and why we fell for him from the start of his career. “No introduction really necessary.” The beginning of this song reminds me of the King Intro. A suspenseful start and when the beat drops he starts talking slick and heavy. This song also serves as a reminiscing moment of being in the trap, police brutality, and growing from rags to riches. “If you think you're at the top, tell 'em move over/Modern 2Pac and the new Hova, goddamn/Know the hustle now, come with us and down/We dodgin' suckas, steady duckin' clowns/We chasing mills so we can put that down/Bullshit talk but we run that town/But with millions and no cap and gown/Went from trappin' raw, look what happen now/Metal throne, concrete crown.”

T.I. grabs some help for Dime Trap

Pyro Da God and Shawty Redd are responsible for Big ‘Ol Drip. This song is a slow and steady beat that gives you a jazzy feeling. The drops during the song provide an aggressive listen while T.I. talks about being in the streets and overcoming adversity. “Hey, back against the wall, would you risk it all?I figure if I could get me some, I could get it all/Started with a bankroll small as a tennis ball/Now in my city I'm big as Pac and Biggie Smalls.”

Scott Storch and T.I. came together with “Wraith” which adds a different sound to T.I.’s discography. There is more of T.I’s voice than the beat which forces us to pay attention to Tip’s list of shit he likes to do which is “Get money, kick shit.” Dave Chappelle explains this song as “The nitty-gritty for the city” at the end of the song. The comedian's excitement makes the listener excited. With “More & More,” Atlanta’s favorite trap niggas join forces and give us a straight street record. As usual, Jeezy comes through with his adlibs before his verse starts and adds his “Hahaaa” and “Yeeaaa.” Jeezy knows we love them. “It’s the King and the Don; you gotta play it again.” “Pray For Me” featuring YFN Lucci serves as an emotional street record for people who are in the streets or went through the same.


T.I. Is Proof That Trap Music Has Evolved

T.I. ends Dime Trap with farewell vibes. There is a feeling of overcoming adversity and he ends the song with the charismatic words. “What the Devil mean for bad, God use it for good, right? Well, I'm sure the people who put crack cocaine in our communities infested us with all this hate, all these guns, all this violence, all this rage. You see they never counted on us takin' those very experiences, packaging them as philosophical presentations set to music about the experiences, and how many people would relate to it and how much commerce would come from it. Yeah, they didn't count on that. Heh, that they dumb ass. It's trap music.” T.I.’s career alone shows the growth of Trap Music and how it shifted from just a song or an album to a culture. Trap Music has evolved.


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