Trap isn’t a genre I’ve explored much, but with it gaining so much popularity recently, I decided to dive into the genre. Check out my review of underground trap artists below, and check out the playlist at the bottom if you like what you read!
Review by Jane Howkins
Picture by C-STEEZEE
C-STEEZEE – Get The Yayo
C-STEEZEE is the perfect musician to start this list off, with Get The Yayo being the track I’m featuring here. He’s been steadily gaining traction over the past few years, and it’s not hard to see why! The track has that typical track beat to it, alongside a minimalistic and eerie melody that plays underneath the rapped vocals, giving it a fantastic atmosphere.
Mars Valencia – Nomads
Nomads kicks off with a beautiful piano melody, before the slow beat kicks in. The vocals have a really soulful quality to them, giving the song a melancholic feel. The track slowly builds up over time, ramping the tension up slowly. The real stand out here is Mars Valencia’s vocals, which sound absolutely fantastic, especially with this style of music.
Tom Saint – All My Friends Are Enemies
All My Friends Are Enemies starts out with a menacing sounding synth melody, which builds up into a huge, dark sounding track. It suits the vibes of the trap genre well and the instrumental drop that appears later on in the song sounds amazing. Tom Saint’s smooth vocals contrast well with the dark atmosphere contained with the track, giving a nice change of pace.
My Twisted Heart – Idontneedyou
Idontneedyou is a new song from My Twisted Heart, starting off with a pretty acoustic guitar melody that wouldn’t be out of place in a folk song. This mix of genres is something which drew me to this track at first – whilst it does step into more familiar trap territory later on, the acoustic guitars continue in the background, making the song really stand out from the crowd.
Scoobert Doobert – 5G Baby
The curiously titled Scoobert Doobert is a musician from the sunny shores of California, with 5G Baby being his latest release. The main melody provided by the bass and synths sounds really beautiful and the vocal effects are immense – I’m not usually a fan of a lot of autotuned vocals, but they really work with the frantic style of the song here. The track also features Robel Ketema on some of the vocals.
Metallic Malik – SKRT
SKRT is a little more mainstream sounding than some of the other songs listed here, with a more typical trap feel to it. Metallic Malik’s vocals sound silky and effortless, with a wonderful flow to the vocals. The backing effects are really interesting and there is so much going on in the background that it will take a few listens to fully get everything.
HPLED is another fantastic trap song with a cool intro to it – the guitar melodies and backing effects really help to ramp the tension up, before XNTRY’s low vocals kick in. I really enjoyed the opening bit, which continues for quite a while until the drop finally happens and the main beat starts. It drops down again before starting back up again, constantly keeping the listener on their toes.
Canyon – Reservations
Canyon is a New York based musician and rapper, with his latest song, Reservations, also featuring fellow New York artist, Jadakiss. The track has that typical trap sound to it that fans of the genre love so much – the flute melody in the background was a nice touch too. The vocals are quite hard sounding at times, but occasionally they hint at a softer singing style, making for a nice surprise.
Keliza – F Lovin U
F Lovin U is the only song on this list created by a female singer, making it quite unique in that sense. Keliza’s vocals are generally sung rather than rapped, but they really help to give the track an ethereal quality. The piano and strings help to create an eerie melody on the verses and the production on the beats sounds amazing. The chorus has a great drop on it, making this my favourite song on the list.
Sidd – Klrblind
Sidd is a musician and producer from Singapore, an area we admittedly don’t hear much music from, let alone trap music. The swirling synth melodies on Klrblind really stand out here – they follow the beats, but have their own ethereal feel to them too. The vocals have a great tone to them, differing from a lot of other tracks in this genre – the call and response refrain on the chorus is really catchy.
Localblac – Off Wyte
Off Wyte is a new song from Los Angeles musician and rapper Localblac, released back in November of 2021. The vocals are rapped in a very fast fashion, with an unforgettable flow to them. They slow down a little on the chorus, giving it a singalong feel. The main melody under the beats sounds amazing, especially as the rapping gets faster and faster.