Arguably the most popular subgenre of rap music, trap has been redefined and re-created time and time again. While Atlanta rappers like T.I. and Gucci Mane certainly popularized the genre, trap first made its way into the hip-hop scene long before those two ever spit a verse. The rap style is popularly known for its grim lyrics and gritty vocals. Common themes include the hardships and struggles associated with poverty, drugs, gang violence and sex.
Trap music originated in the South during the 1990s, with most rappers of the genre hailing from Atlanta. Artists lyrically reflect on the issues they faced in their urban neighborhoods and how fame has changed their circumstances. The word trap comes from traphouse, a word from the 1930s that was used to describe a hiding place for liquor. In the 1960s the spot became a hiding place for drugs and since has been known as a place where drugs are sold or made.