If you know me, you know my love of music. And if you know me well, you know my love of Southern music.
I grew up listening to OutKast, UGK, Jeezy, Gucci, T.I., Ludacris. I've said often that I found southern music far more relatable than northern music. Growing up in southern Virginia, I was fortunate to have the best of both worlds as it relates to hip-hop. I listened to Dipset as much as I did 3 6 Mafia.
But southern music holds a special place in my heart. I've always thought of trap music – a sub-genre defined by Urban Dictionary as the "use of the 808 Roland drum machine, pitched and re-sampled hiphop/rap vocals" – as therapeutic. I listen to it while I'm working, while I'm at the gym, and while I'm writing for this blog.
With the rise in popularity and its commercialization outside of the south, trap music has become more mainstream and millennials are capitalizing off of it. There's Trap Karaoke, Trap Brunch, Trap Yoga. You get the point.
But more importantly, trap music, to me, is inspirational. I've said that Gucci Mane is an American success story, and with good reason. 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Migos, Future – all of these guys worked hard in their music careers and are enjoying the benefits. It's easy to apply that work ethic to my every day life and how I approach traveling.
I haven't done any of the things described in any of the songs, and my life hasn't been nearly as difficult as the lives described in the music. The trap is just that. Issa trap. Trap music is about the struggle for success. We all have had situations that could have trapped us in the circumstances we've faced. But we got out. Life could've gone very differently for me, and you. But I've been blessed to see success and see the world, and I owe at least a part of it to my grit and determination.
I've written about my go-to travel playlist, but here's my non-comprehensive trap music playlist.