The debate over who invented trap music grew new legs over the weekend when Gucci Mane went on Instagram to proclaim that the day he dropped his 2005 debut, Trap House, was the day trap music was born.
"#FBF The Day I Invented Trap Music #Guwop aka #TheEvilGenius #1017Ceo," Gucci captioned the cover of his album.
As expected, fellow Atlanta rapper (and frequent collaborator) T.I., has disputed Guwop's claim with a big fat, nope. Tip went on his IG yesterday to clear a few things up about the sub-genre.
"Ok, so.... AGAIN for the slow ones in the back...August 19th, 2003 Birth of Trap Muzik &
Only fools dispute facts!!! FOH wit that Christopher Columbus ass... “Look what I discovered, even though they was already here” ass shit!!!! WITCHO GOOD CAPPIN ASS," T.I. wrote, signing off the caption with a crying laughing emoji.
Tip has publicly proclaimed himself the inventor of trap music on numerous occasions, including last year when he sat down with Angie Martinez.
"There was no such thing as trap music prior to T.I.]. No such thing. It didn't exist. It was OutKast and crunk, like that's what it was. Organized Noize and crunk," Tip told Angie Martinez back in April 2017.
As we've explained before, it's pretty much widely decided that Tip didn't create the trap music sound (or even the word "trap" as it's used here). He was, however, the first to label the sound as such, with 2003's Trap Muzik, so in that respect, he's right.
As for the word "trap," it was used on wax as early as 1995 by Goodie Mob's Khujo on the classic, "Thought Process" from the Soul Food album—and possibly before that. ("When I was out in the trap or when I was goin' through one of our episodes, only God knows what I go through...")
Now, the actual sound of trap music was arguably created by predecessors like Texas legends UGK and Memphis innovators Eightball & MJG, which we noted last year when the discussion really began to take flight.
Anyway, for now, the back and forth about who created trap music continues. Take a look at the IG posts below.
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