At a local club in East Atlanta, teenagers get lit and twerk with one another to some of the hottest trap records in the street. As the bass of the music trembles through them, the teens chant “turn-up”, “get lit”, “hit dem folk” over and over. Although it may seem just like a good time being had, the idea of this scene may be quite disturbing. “Trap” music seeks to expand its message of getting “turnt up” or “lit” across the country, and the teens are definitely listening. By taking this music to heart, kids and teens will only intensify their reckless behavior and could possibly put their futures at risk.”Trap” is a subgenre within rap music that has developed its own culture with the youth, primarily in the Atlanta, Georgia area. It’s slang for an area within the hood where drug deals are done. It’s called the “trap” because people who live there are stuck in a never ending cycle of selling drugs and hustling as a means of survival due to the lack of resources, funding, and education. Most are either killed/die or get caught in the system, therefore being “trapped” and are unable to leave and create a better life for themselves. Although the rapper T.I. originally used the term back in 2003 for his debut album Trap Musik, the word only began to trend more recently, in the later 2000’s when rap artist Gucci Mane released his mixtape ‘Back to the Trap’. The massive project only helped propel the Atlanta rap scene’s popularity, which began to simmer down in recent years. Gucci’s song Make tha Trap Say Aye helped bridge trap music to a more diverse-public eye, when it hit the Top 10 in the Billboard charts. As a bigger platform was created for the genre, more people were exposed to trap’s culture, which supported “gettin’ lit” by partying under the influence of smoking weed, popping pills, drinking, and engaging in sexual activities. Despite the love and the growing popularity generated by it’s core fans, trap music isn’t necessarily ideal nor appropriate beyond the urban communities. Sure the music is fun, having  banging beats and catchy lyrics, but what is the greater message being projected through these songs? The music is a pure representation of its street origins, from Atlanta cities like Bankhead and College Park, where a life violence and drugs  is a part of everyday living. For the majority of  trap’s culture – “getting lit” and “turning up” – appears to be a “fun” rebellious alternative to the on-going violence of its home cities. With the community flooded by gangs and drug dealers, kids and teens look to successful artists who have escaped the streets as a way to get past their everyday problems. Rappers often speak upon the struggles of living a street lifestyle, and fans value the fact that someone comes from a similar situation and can relate to their struggles. In the heart Atlanta, where crime and violence is the norm, “getting lit” is a welcomed alternative to getting shot and gang banging. But the Trap Movement wants to continue to expand its influence -meaning that Caucasian suburbs are now getting “lit” and “turnt”, without understanding the deeper meanings. A lot of the newer fans were not brought up in a community where homeless people walked the streets and kids dispatched crack cocaine. To them, trap’s message is more about the thrill partying than surviving a night in the hood.Teens are notorious for being naive to the greater dangers, but trap music has stood resilient because its message of having fun is a perfect excuse for teens to “get lit” without consequences. Teens redefine the word to fit their mood; because being “lit” celebrates spontaneity and high energy, teens can use the word in any context. Now, anything from drinking alcohol or Lean(Promethazine / Codeine) and getting high at a party, to being full of energy and engaging in sexual activities can be considered as getting “lit” or “turnt”. These slang terms green light reckless behavior like taking certain drugs, especially promethazine. Although the drug aspect of getting “lit” is not condoned by all trap followers, most teens condone the reckless behavior as being “cool,” a social status too many teenagers try to achieve. Trap’s supporters claim that the music heightens one’s mood and doesn’t lead to reckless behavior. If a person is smart, they will make wiser decisions and refrain themselves from any negative temptations. But trap music will pose greater problems for the country if it becomes more than just a passing trend. Think of all of the dangerous outcomes of getting lit: illegal substance abuse by minors, which could ultimately result them in jail, dead, or possibly being raped under the influence. As people get older, the music they listened to in their youth tends to resonate deeper with them. From a broader perspective, as this current generation ages, trap music could soon be heard on “throwback” radio stations. Kids and teenagers that grow up listening to trap’s message and taking it to heart could end up “getting lit” as adults as well. Think about it. An entire generation that doesn’t think about consequences or responsibility, preferring to getting “lit” and being trapped in a negative system of life, due to the results of substance abuse, rather than run a business or the country. Despite this, the faces of trap music seem rather nonchalant and unconcerned. Complex magazine interviewed Gucci Mane, the self-proclaimed “Trap God” who told the interviewer, “I don’t wanna talk about that s***. Turn up.” Gucci Mane is excited not only because kids are celebrating and propelling the genre to new heightened levels, but also because the Atlanta scene is under the spotlight again, allowing him and other rappers to profit from its success. The Trap Movement is nothing more than a marketing scheme – if teens were able to see that, then perhaps this movement will finally dim down before too much harm is done.

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