Trap music, pioneered by breakout stars like Migos and Future is categorised by rapid hi-hat hits and ominous and bleak production which creates a dark atmosphere representative of “trap” street life in the southern United States which consists of poverty, violence and harsh experiences in urban inner cities. Though it has made its way to the mainstream and been appropriated by artists the world over, the core of trap music has always been the same. The adaptation of the genre to other cultures is unsurprising in most contexts; this has happened with everything from the blues, to jazz, to hip hop.
But there is one incarnation of trap music that simply cannot be shrugged off as evolution: that incarnation is ‘redneck trap.’ It is something else entirely, a horrifying glimpse into an often overlooked part of the world: the deep, deep, deep south.
There are very few words for the above video.
There is a guy in a confederate flag vest.
I’m not sure what’s worse – the banjo that creeps into the mix, or the lyric “you can take me out the country, but you can’t take the country out me.”
Simultaneously this video astounds, amazes, shocks, and saddens me.
U.S.A, U.S.A, U.S.A, I guess.