In 2012, dubstep’s star began to fade, if only slightly, while progressive house rose to dominate dance charts and trap music emerged as the subgenre to watch. In 2013, trap has carved a massive place for itself in the bass music community, with no intention to leave.
The rise of trap music was not an overnight success story. Hundreds of artists poured their souls into the genre before it was anything. So in recognition, we’re counting down the best, and filthiest, trap artists who carried the sounds of the underground to the mainstream.
10. Mayhem x Antiserum
Both Mayhem and Antiserum have always attempted to break away from what’s popular and try new things. After coming together for the southern bounce meets bass heavy g-funk of the “BayTL Dub EP,” the duo unleashed their breakthrough hit: “Bricksquad Anthem.”
There days, Mayhem and Antiserum’s polished production style continues to innovate in an increasingly crowded genre that they helped to birth.
Emerging from LA’s crowded EDM scene, gLAdiator don’t mess around. They broke out with remixes of Kelly Rowland, Kayne West and Flux Pavillion. Then, they cemented their status with a free 11-track album “NEW,” which offered an irresistibly crisp and original sound.
Since their first release, the quality of gLAdiator’s productions has never waned, allowing them to remain a fixture of clubs and festivals nationwide.
8. Heroes x Villains
Coming straight from the trap itself, this dirty south duo infuses their roots directly into their tracks. Daniel Disaster and Pete Heartless, better known as Heroes X Villains, started out remixing tracks such as Wacka Flocka’s “Oh Let’s Do It” and Diplo’s “You Don’t Like Me.” Then, they moved on to mega-hit originals such as “Original Choppaz.”
Now, Heroes X Villains are keeping trap-house fusion alive and spreading their dirty south gospel throughout the country.
Carnage’s remix of Hardwell’s “Spaceman” redefined the limits of trap music. Known as “big room festival trap,” Carnage’s knack for taking giant house hits and giving them a heavy dose of bass has proven a winning strategy. I mean, His first Festival Trap Mix literally blew the minds of listeners and fellow DJs alike.
Nowadays, Chipotle king Carnage has moved to produce a sound more akin to the songs he used to remix, but his affinity for trill and bass has not faded.
Without a question, Brillz’ shot to fame because of his insane remix for Kill The Noise’s “Roots,” but he’s certainly not a one hit wonder. Other key remixes such as “Clarity” and collaborations with Kill the Noise and Etc!Etc! have kept his star shining bright.
Brillz’s debut album, “TWONK,” advances the trap genre even further by crossing boundaries from new jack swing to moombahton without sacrificing its 808 swagger.
Before the Harlem Shake phenomenon, Baauer was already on his way to stardom. His early productions, such as “Winter is All Over You,” introduced groundbreaking sounds to the trap world and his remix of Flosstradamus’ “Roll Up” is still hailed by DJs everywhere.
Baauer has helped paved the road to success for the trap music community, and will continue to do so in 2013 and beyond.
Luminox made a statement in 2012 by introducing of trap-style, a blend of trap and hardstyle elements, to the masses. His remixes of Sandro Silva’s “Epic” and Bingo Player’s “Rattle” have become staples in the trap game, and he continues to hone his production skills through numerous originals.
Always one step ahead, Luminox’s clever beats stand out from the crowd.
2 years in the game and ƱZ’s has never revealed his true identity. Nevertheless, anyone who loves trap music knows he’s one of the best out there. His remixes of Flosstradamus, Foreign Beggars, and DJ Sliink are next level and his “ŤɌ∆Ҏ ᶊῌῗ†” series is legendary for its minimal, yet ingenious approach to trill beats. Plus, most of his tracks are free!
Regardless of his identity, ƱZ will remain a trap music all-star.
2. RL Grime
Stemming from his alter-ego Clockwork, RL Grime started as a side-project, but once fans caught wind of the game-changing remix after remix he was producing – things intensified fast . His remix of Kayne West’s “Mercy” was am early rallying cry for the trap genre and his original productions are some of the freshest in the scene.
Even House producers are dropping RL Grime. Why? Because his music slaps!
It was hard to put such an amazing group of producers into a top-10 list, but DJ duo Flosstradamus truly earned the number one spot.
Already well established in the EDM scene, Flosstradamus brought big noise to the newly born trap scene. Their remix of Major Lazer’s “Original Don” is monumental, and their use of Trap-A-Holics’ “Damn Son Where’d Ya Find This” sample thrust the phrase into widespread popularity.
Flosstradamus’ J2K and Autobot have been in the DJ game for several years, but their forward-thinking trap-style and trill nurtured a young genre that now rules the EDM world.