Allow Jeezy To Explain The Problem With The Trap Music Genre

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 19:  Young Jeezy performs at Streetz Fest 2K17 at Lakewood Amphitheatre on August 19, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo: Prince Williams/WireImage)

Allow Jeezy To Explain The Problem With The Trap Music Genre

The rapper explains the problem with categorizing trap music solely based on sound.

Published December 15, 2017

Jeezy just blessed fans with his latest album, Pressure, on Dec. 15, and it seems to be creating quite the buzz. While many would say the rapper’s new project is a great addition to the culture, Jeezy may not want fans to drop it in the “trap” music category. In fact, during an interview at The Breakfast Club, the artist expressed his frustrations with the new definition trap music and explained why he wouldn’t like to be affiliated with it.

"When you start talking about all these people going through all these real things as a genre of music, I don't know about that,” he said of rap’s most popular subgenre. “[When] we came up, the trap was really the trap. We standing outside of fire barrel trying to stay warm in Timbaland boots and Dickies suits to get some money. We trying to put cameras up so we can see what's going on. Thursday and Friday night, we hope the homies from down the street don't kick in the door. That's a trap.” 

Jeezy also stated that a song shouldn’t be thrust into a category solely based on sound or engineering. As Charlamagne also chimed in, it should be more based on the content. “Oh you're talking about a genre of music is trap because it sounds like something, I don't know about that,” Jeezy added. “You can't just call something gospel music because it sounds like gospel music and somebody got a whole different message. I don't want to be affiliated with that. I'm a buck.

The Snowman’s points come at an interesting time, especially since there has been a movement rallying behind trap artists and music. Most artists who would be considered trap, have been commanding the radio and Billboard charts, including, Migos, 21 Savage, Young Thug, and more. While Jeezy wasn’t pointing the finger at any one in particular, it makes room for a larger discussion about how we categorize music. 

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Prince Williams/WireImage)

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