On September 30, 2018, T.I. unveiled a new museum to commemorate the impact Trap Music has on today’s culture. Initially, Trap Music emerged from the South, which is home of the hottest original trap rappers like Gucci Mane, Three 6 Mafia, Jeezy, OutKast, UGK, and Master P. The low 808 bass, snappy snares, pipe flutes, and catchy verses provides a unique sound we can hear and feel. It’s no wonder Trap Music has been so influential and embedded into the hip hop world.
Tip “T.I.” Harris dropped his album, Trap Muzik, in 2003 just 15 years ago. His album refers back to his experiences coming up in the streets of Westside Atlanta, where he found his voice. “I wanted to make a classic. I knew I had to make timeless music, which could stand the test of time”, the rapper told Noisey — and that it did.
The museum is partnered with Escape Room ATL, veteran Hip-Hop journalist Maurice Garland, creative artist DL Warfield, and others. Artists who have helped to bring the genre to the forefront of mainstream culture are include: 21 Savage, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Future, and Young Jeezy, all of whom will be highlighted in the showcase.
Similar to an escape room, participants will also have a chance to crack codes to “Escape the Trap”. Each set is designed to take you through the experience of the trap culture’s inception as well as the dysfunctional family ties and hardships many face in the streets. Guests can even sign prison walls during this memorable interactive experience.
Its message is to define society’s standards and to rise above stigmas of Hip-Hop culture. In the words of a trusted writer at Pitchfork.com, “Trap Muzik presents the trap as not just a setting or a sound or a state of mind, but as a portal into the self.”
The infamous Bankhead neighborhood will house the Trap Music Museum. Just in time for A3C week, Atlanta’s annual Hip-Hop festival, the Trap Music Museum will be open to the public on October 5th at 630 Travis Street NW, Atlanta, GA.
For more information visit the official Trap Music Museum website.
Written by Chelsea McKain