When Bryson Tiller released his debut album in October 2015 titled ‘Trap Soul’, he may well have given us the name for a genre of music steadily bubbling along semi-underground and, in some cases, even on the charts. ‘Trap Music’ had been used to describe a strand of hip hop that featured an intentionally virtually-unrefined blend of singing and rapping on US Southern-inspired hip hop beats, popularised by artists such as Fetty Wap, Dej Loaf and Post Malone.
Tiller helped bring recognition to the influence this sound was beginning to have on singers in the R&B / Soul genre with the monicker for his 2015 release. The genre of music already hugely popular in urban communities, amongst 15 – 25 year olds in cities across the world and being played in heavy rotation in clubs suddenly had a name. Trap Soul. Succinct and aptly describing the genre, the crystallisation of a name seems to have inspired several other singers to categorise themselves under the banner of ‘Trap Soul’, with many more dabbling in creating music for the genre. Trap Soul sometimes manifests as R&B club bangers and other times as more reflective, soulful songs.
Our latest playlist, ‘Trapped Out’ features Trap Soul contributions from a number of the genres best emerging talent. From Tiller’s contemporaries like Tory Lanez and Eric Bellinger, to more recent converts / contributors like Mila J, Dreezy, Elijah Blake and even Chrisette Michele. Listen below.