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Today, I bring all my fellow trap music lovers a revamped second installment to my September Trap Mixtape with Sophia's December Trap Mixtape; a sequel compilation of more epic, bass filled new and old trap songs that should not be ignored. This mix is trap music fan’s dream come true as it features originals and remixes from some of the biggest names in trap including Yellow Claw, Baauer, Tropkillaz, RL Grime, Flosstradamus, Keys n' Krates, Grandtheft, Bro Safari and more.

Trap Music is a genre that is starting to gain quite a bit of momentum through the ever-growing sub-genres of dance music culture. Although this new found hype towards trap music, or EDM Trap Music as some may call it, has recently emerged, there is a history behind the origin of the Trap genre that is all but new.

Trap music first emerged coming primarily from the south, a genre filled with a hard attitude that you can feel in the sound of the brass, triangle, triplet hi hats, loud kicks, snappy snares and low-end 808 bass samples that are used when composing tracks. When speaking of the “originators” in the trap music game, southern rappers like Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, and Three 6 Mafia come to mind.

However, the new “trap music movement” or “EDM Trap” genre that is evolving has seen the use of techno, dub, and dutch house like sounds incorporated with the inclusion of the original Roland TR-808 drum samples and vocal samples used by the originators. The evolving EDM trap has seen incorporations and stylistic influences from dubstep with Rebecca Haithcoat of LA Weekly stating, "You could basically call it the next phase of dubstep. It plays at a club-ready 140 bpm while retaining dubstep's craze-inducing drops" and as I am sure all you EDM fans already know, each and every day the genre is continuing to grow in popularity. A number of stylistic offshoots of trap developed, which in the latter half of 2012 gained a rise in viral popularity and made a noticeable impact on dance music.

No matter how many different trap shows I attend and individual releases I listen to, I still cant seem to get enough of the genre. Trap music is my happy place, I love the vibe it creates when it comes on. As the epically chill beats work to compliment the 808 bass samples it always results in making me want to get up and dance no matter the time or place. It is my go to music for both my day activities and nighttime debauchery.

With so many mediocre tracks out there in the EDM realm I really tried to take the time to specifically chose tracks have stuck with me for at least more than a month. When trying to chose which songs deserved to be in my December mix, I kept finding that a majority of my song selections were pretty old tracks; but in my mind they are so good fans need to be reminded of their impressive production. I’m not a planner, and with my spontaneous outlook on living life I chose a wide range of songs quintessential for any type of mood.

This assortment of styles is complete for any occasion, and my wish is that you again enjoy all these talented producers as much as I did. Happy listening my friends!