Trap Beat Kings
Producers of Trap Instrumentals
D.J. Toomp, Shawty Redd, Zaytoven, Drumma Boy, Lex Luger, Mike Will Made It, and Metro Boomin are the Kings of Trap Instrumentals. These producers are the current and former kings of trap beats. For nearly two decades these beat makers have been showing everyone how to make rap beats. In order to sell beats online you will have to adapt your style to sound like these guys. The music producers mentioned here account for hundreds of hit records over this period of time. If your planning on producing trap instrumentals take time to learn the names of these producers. Take time and study the styles of production that these men bring to the table.
Toomp was the driving force behind T.I. when Tip came out with I’m Serious and Trap Muzik. T.I. was the first artist to start rapping specifically about the trap, and Toomp was the producer behind that sound. D.J. Toomp was producing beats years before T.I., but his work with Tip put him in trap star status. Afterwards, Toomp started working with Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Slim Thug, T Pain, Rick Ross, Boyz n da Hood, Nas, Jay-Z, and many more. D.J. Toomp has a unique production style that allows him to create various types of beats. He is not only a trap beat originator, but a crossover producer that can produce multi-genre beats. Every producer in this article can give thanks to Toomp for the inspiration he provided them with the trap sound.
Shawty Redd is best known for his work with Young Jeezy. Redd was the main contributor on Jeezy’s Thug Motivation 101 album. Anyone who knows about trap music knows that Thug Motivation 101 is a classic trap album. Although T.I. coined the term Trap Muzik, Jeezy was the artist that took the trap sound to the next level. Shawty Redd was the sound behind the music of Young Jeezy. Shawty Redd’s production is so raw and gritty you can literally feel the trap from his beats.
After working with Jeezy, Redd went on to work with Gucci Mane, Pastor Troy, Hurricane Chris, Yo Gotti, and Ricky Rosay.
Zaytoven is considered by many to be the current king of trap instrumentals. Zay is a true musician. He plays his melodies live with keyboards, and doesn’t use quanitization. Zaytoven uses a M.P.C. to lay down his drum tracks, and again without quanitization. Zaytoven not only produces trap music, he also plays piano and organ for his church. Zay’s musical ability allows him to produce for any type of artist. Zaytoven received a Grammy Award for his work with Usher, but the biggest percentage of his beats are for trap artists.
Zay has worked with Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Soulja Boy, 21 Savage, Wiz Khalifa, Migos, and Future just to name a few. Today, you can’t turn on a hip hop station without hearing a Zaytoven trap beat.
Drumma Boy is another producer that has a certified trap sound. He was born in Tennessee and comes from a line of musicians. Drumma Boy has been trained in classical music. His trap instrumentals bring horns, punchy drums, and quaking bass lines. Drumma has a signature riser effect that has been used by nearly every up and coming trap producer on the internet. He has a specific style that is immediately recognized when heard. Drumma Boy has worked with countless industry artists.
His producer credits include Yo Gotti, Haystack, Gangsta Boo, Boyz n da Hood, M.J.G. and Eight Ball, Plies, Rocko, T.I., Jeezy, Ace Hood, and countless others. Now, towards the latter part of his career, he is even returning to his rapping skills.
Lex Luger got his start producing trap instrumentals when he first worked with Waka Flocka Flame. He was born in Virginia, but works out of Atlanta. He was formerly known as well for working with 808 Mafia. Rumor has it that he and Southside have been in talks to do some co-producing again soon. Luger first became known for a beat he did for Waka Flocka called Hard in da Paint. His blow up and most famous beat was a track he did for Rick Ross called B.M.F., or (Blowin Money Fast). Lex (like Drumma Boy), also has a signature riser effect he uses in his trap instrumentals. Many up and coming producers jack his effects and style too.
After his success with these two instrumentals he went on to work with Kanye West, Jay-Z, Ace Hood, Snoop Dog, Sean Garrett, Wale, Lil Wayne, Travis Scott, and others.
Mike Will Made It
Mike Will was born and raised in Georgia. He also comes from a family of talented musicians. Mike has been into hip hop and trap instrumentals since he was a teenager. He would replay popular melodies that he heard on the radio and his friends would freestyle to them. Mike Will got his industry start when he produced trap instrumentals for Gucci Mane. His first major hit came when he produced “Bands Will Make Her Dance” for Juicy J. He then went on to make “Tupac’s Back” for Rick Ross. Mike Will’s biggest billboard success has come from working with Future, Drake, and Ray Sremmurd. He not only produces trap instrumentals, but he has the cross over ability to create beats for other genres of music.
Mike Will Made It has production credits with Rick Ross, Future, Juicy J, Jeezy, Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Drake, Miley Cyrus, Ray Sremmurd, and many more.
Young Metro is arguably the hottest trap beat producer in the rap game. Metro came on the scene in 2010, and since his insertion into the game he hasn’t slowed down. Turn on the radio and you will hear a Metro hit within a few minutes. His trap instrumentals are sought out by every artist in the industry. Metro (like Lex Luger) makes his beats on software programs like Fl Studio and Pro Tools. There have been numerous trap drum kits created in the style of Metro Boomin. His popularity as a trap instrumental producer is so noticeable that thousands of you tube producers are trying to copy his style. Young Metro has worked with Lil Wayne, Future, Kanye West, Drake, 2 Chainz, The Weekend, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Migos, Kodak Black, and countless others. He has so many songs on the billboard charts you couldn’t name them all.
Final Thoughts on Trap Instrumentals
The Rap Industry assumed a few years ago that trap beats would fade away. The Music insiders were sadly mistaken. The Kings of Trap Instrumentals mentioned in this article have influenced the game in a major way. Not only have these guys started this wave, but they are continuing to develop the new sound of trap instrumentals coming out. Every producer that is trying to enter in to this genre of music needs to pay attention to these producers. Trap Instrumentals are not going away, and with the help of these Trap Beat Kings we have more hits to look forward to.