If you’ve been keeping up with the latest trends in any way, you’ll no doubt be aware of the Harlem Shake that is sweeping the States and dominating the Internet. And with the increased interest in Dubstep over the years, it’s no surprise that this Trap and EDM combination is finally becoming the next big thing.
It all really begins with the creation of Dubstep. A late 1990s invention, Dubstep originated from London and combined all of their greatest rap styles at the time: grime, garage, reggae, and 2-step. In 2007, Dubstep began to make its popular resurgence when pop artists like Britney Spears began to incorporate Dubstep beats into their tracks and the genre became more mainstream.
Around the same time that Dubstep was slowly gaining popularity, Trap music was also experiencing an increase in listeners. The Southern-style dirty rap first appeared in the early 2000s and emerged in the mainstream when T.I.’s second album, Trap Muzik, became a commercial success. Artists like Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane propelled the genre even further when they released their Trap mixtapes.
As these two genres began to rise simultaneously, it’s no surprise that the two eventually crossed paths. And one of the biggest and newest rising names in the Trap/Dubstep world is Trap and Bass. Like Baauer’s Harlem Shake, Trap and Bass is all about combining Southern Trap with the English Dubstep.
Trap and Bass came about when two music lovers, Colton and Aaron, decided they had what it took to promote and create awareness for the phenomenon that they deemed “Trap and Bass”, which essentially combined Trap music with the bass and drops found in Dubstep to create a whole new genre of club music. With access to artists through the recording companies they worked for, Colton and Aaron created a YouTube account and blog and their movement took off in a just a few short months. Now, Colton and Aaron run a company that centers on bringing in more artists to their sub-genre and promoting the artist’s work.
“We’re here for the artists and for the fans,” Colton says. “We aren’t here to make money. We’re here to respond to the artists and give them feedback and help them in any way we can.”