Sep 5, 2020 Trap music took the world by storm and completely revolutionised hip hop (and more broadly, pop music in general). The sounds of trap (those rattling hi-hits lol) will still be present in rap for a long time to come, but its influence and innovation seems to be tapering off in 2020 as streaming and new regional scenes all coalesce and mold into one another and the lines between genres become ever more blurred. I wonder if we look back at 'classic' trap music from the 10's in the same way we look at 'classic' boom bap or G Funk from the 90s, what would the most essential artists/songs/albums be? For me, ATL was the Mecca - what NY was to boom bap in the 90s. It started as far back as the 90s (e.g. Three 6 Mafia) and then evolved through Trip, Jeezy, 2 Chainz etc but I think Gucci/Flocka/Lex Luger were the one's that really birthed what we think of today as trap. With 2 Chainz on the sidelines. From there its clearly Thugger, Future and Migos at the top of the trap artists list, with 21 Savage closing the loop. Gunna, Baby, Keed and potentially Gotit are the ones holding the fort down right now. There were others like OG Maco in the earlier days and affiliates and smaller acts like Peewee Longway, Rich Homie, Scooter, Nudy, etc. Wouldn't include Carti, Yachty, Pierre because they're almost an entirely different subgenre altogether. And obviously not Travis and Uzi since they have their own unique takes on the sound, plus not from ATL. Same goes for Dolph. As far as producers - Metro, Zaytoven, London, Honorable C.Note, Mike WIll... and a bunch of others I'm forgetting. But the REAL question... what are the essential classic 2010s trap albums? For me: Gucci Mane - State vs. Radric Davis (2009, but too essential to exclude) Waka Flocka Flame - Flockavelli Future - Almost everything from Pluto - The WIZRD lol. But the highlight is unquestionably DS2 Young Thug - again, almost everything from B6 - SMF. But for me its Barter 6. Rich g--- - Tha Tour Migos - Culture (but a few earlier mixtapes definitely up for debate) 21 Savage & Metro Boomin - Savage Mode (this ones a maybe... but 21 and Metro have been so vital you'd have to give it up for at least one of their projects) Thoughts? What other artists/producers/albums am I missing? What are some of your favorite classic trap era hits?