Lady Gaga “Leaks” Rap Song, Trap Music Jumps The Shark?

Lady Gaga “Leaks” Rap Song, Trap Music Jumps The Shark?

Well, folks, you can officially call it a wrap for “trap” music. As you might have heard, attention whore Lady Gaga “leaked” a rap song to the world that is basically her own take on the ever-increasingly popular trap sound. We’re talking big 808s, plenty of snappy snares, and all sorts of hi-hats.

The thing is, the beat I just described and even her raps are basically exactly what you would expect from your average “trap” joint that hits the web every 1.5 seconds or so. She “rhymes” about trick bitches, all the money she makes, and every other stereotypical thug-errific boast we’re so accustomed to these days.

Now to be fair to “trap music,” any hip-hop head with an ounce of knowledge will tell you that this sound has been around for years and years. It’s nothing new, per se, but like EDM, for example, it has broken into the mainstream and become commonplace. You know, like every other goddamn fad out there.

But now that Gaga’s taken on trap—in an obviously ironic and eye roll-inducing manner—is it time that we declare the sub-genre to be dead? Or is it simply going to retreat to the grimy underground it belongs and instead of in the forefront? Plenty of folks have argued that racism is at the heart of trap music becoming so popular, partially because it’s been utilized by folks who have never stepped in or near a trap house. Is this just like when Paula Abdul got MC Skat Kat to rap on her “Opposites Attract” single back in the late ’80s? Or will people just forget about this in a week because, you know, the Internet?

I know I’m asking a lot of questions here, but that’s mostly because I don’t have the answers. I also don’t know how to react to all of this. I kind of want to simply take it in stride and believe that all the elements of good-ass trap production can remain a staple in some circles. I also want to believe that there’s nothing racist about this because, honestly, that’s an entirely different discussion.

So all I can ask you to do is listen to the two versions of Gaga’s “Cake Like Gaga”—one is the original and the other is pitch-shifted to show that it is indeed her rapping—and answer as many of my questions as you can.


  1. thatdude
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 17:59:00

    …youre dumb, dude. how many posts have you ever seen on potholes trying to get traffic. do you even know what traffic means bruh??

  2. Machiventa
    Sep 21, 2012 @ 20:12:00

    Maybe you should be more specific which 80’s electro you’re referring to.

  3. mtume
    Sep 21, 2012 @ 14:05:00

    i’m not saying every trap music fan is racist obviously…but if u notice mad white kids will say shit like “i love gucci…hes such a n***a” n shit like that…mad people like trap music cuz it features black people acting how white people want/expect them to lol
    and no obviously not…u cant just flip white and black peoples places like that because they have completely different histories lol

  4. Andrew Martin
    Sep 21, 2012 @ 13:44:00

    Ha, wow. I wrote this shit after becoming frustrated when I heard the song. Not a traffic bite at all but an honest assessment of this nonsense. Thanks for reading.

  5. realTalk
    Sep 21, 2012 @ 13:33:00

    yall lost all street cred with this post
    yall would do anything for some traffic

  6. Oz/Futura
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 22:24:00

    It’s just another case of people fantasizing about a culture they’re lucky they haven’t been born into. I feel sorry for dudes who’re making an attempt to show mainstream America the horrors of the “trap” and how it’s truly a “trap” only to climbed over by Lady Gaga. Fuck this life.

  7. Đ℞ΞV/
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 19:24:00


    Chief keef and young chop are drill music. it is birthed from trap but it is different drum set. also it is faster tempo. it is more like trap music of chicago.

  8. LOL
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 19:21:00

    Also note, Chief keef and young chop both got signed to major labels

  9. Đ℞ΞV/
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 19:18:00

    to me its mainstream when i see white teenage girls singing it. lol

  10. Đ℞ΞV/
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 19:16:00

    i have not heard that LIfted say that. but i don’t feel like it came out like a trap song or a trap beat. idk

    you make a good piont about BMF. I stand corrected. I just feel like it is not mainstream in the way that its top 10 on itunes type of shit . Rozay is not performing at the grammys. but you are kind of right that trap is probably mainstream, more than i thought

  11. LOL
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 19:14:00

    “It’s fresh, it’s new, it’s something you haven’t heard before. It’s elements of trap, but it’s just some fresh” hit-boy on the lifted produced beat

  12. LOL
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 19:10:00

    the producer of mercy himself has said it was originally a trap beat that got added to.
    i wrote rick ross’s album had trap beats on it, not all obviously. his rise to stardom has come from lex luger beats

  13. realist
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 19:05:00

    French electro* which is what u must be referreing to. not that gay ass 80’s electro.

  14. realist
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 19:03:00

    umm??? dubstep, electro is credited to white people.
    These black artists are signed to white people.
    White people actually buy records.
    Thanks for the trap houses though!

  15. Đ℞ΞV/
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 18:54:00

    i don’t think Mercy is a trap beat. It lacks high hats… It isn’t a trap beat. Low voice is just a purple thing, it isn’t trap.

    not many Ross’s beats were trap. the songs that had trap beats were hold me back, so sophisticated, 911. All the other ones were not trap beats. 3 kings was not a trap joint. Neither was diced pineapples. Most of the album was really J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and their beats are not trap.

    but rozay’s album did not have stand out hits outside urban radio.

  16. LOL
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 18:50:00

    what are u on about? non-hood kids like its cause its raw, gangster and fun. gangster rap is popular again.

    lol at this racist bullshit. is a hood kid racist if he likes the beatles??

  17. LOL
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 18:45:00

    its not like trap was innocative to begin with, gets made fun of for being so basic and with weak lyrics.
    i think gaga was having a joke. its not she’s putting the track on itunes.

  18. LOL
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 18:43:00

    but trap is overstaturated in the undergound as well. everything popular in the underground is going to seep over to the mainstream eventually

  19. LOL
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 18:42:00

    Mercy is a trap beat, that was a hit single on the charts? rick ross’s album went to number 1, that had trap beats on it? so i think its already gone mainstream. kanye west, rick ross, are mainstream hip hop artists.
    trap has even spawned a EDM sub genre which is basically the new brostep.

  20. LOL
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 18:36:00

    LOL thats not actually my picture, keeps coming up when i post for some reason??? i dont even know who that is?!

  21. Large Hadron Collider
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 18:16:00

    It’s depressing that you conceive of ‘white folks’ as a unified mass.

  22. A Human.
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 18:14:00

    It’s depressing you see ‘white folks’ as some kind of unified whole.

  23. Large Hadron Collider
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 18:08:00

    By the way my post is nothing to do with Lady Gaga or her music which I don’t listen to.

  24. Large Hadron Collider
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 18:07:00

    If I listen to Beethoven is that more appropriate for my demographic?, I’ve got lots in common with a dead aristocrat. Music is made for people to listen to, claims of authenticity on behalf of the audience are ridiculous. It’s racist only if your a racist. Otherwise it’s what’s called music appreciation.

  25. Đ℞ΞV/
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 17:44:00

    I like trap beats. I mean M|O|D is great. but i don’t see Trap going mainstream. mainly because you can’t sing on it. alll pop chart songs have singing on it. 98% of the hip hop hits in 2012 has singing in it. If david guetta made a trap beat song we would be in trouble

  26. David Reyneke
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 17:33:00

    No one is saying any genre of music is dead. And no one is saying only people in the trap can make trap music. Can you read what we are saying before you jump to make another argument?

    There comes a point in many music genres where innovation turns into commercial bullshit. That is exactly what is happening with trap, just as it has with dubstep, etc. Gaga didn’t make this song to progress music, she made it to turn heads and seem ironic.

    Yes, thank you, Andrew.

  27. ragibson
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 17:17:00

    I wouldn’t say trap has jumped the shark just yet. I haven’t heard it in terrible action movie trailers or promoting some sort of new liquor.

  28. Reggiez
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 17:13:00

    Just another example of our music being exploited for a few “lulz” by white folks. guess they got bored with dubstep/electro?

  29. mtume
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 16:55:00

    i think mafuckin TEK dropping a trap song is worse than gaga actually this is struggle at its finest smh


    also obviously trap music popularity is due in part to racism…white people love being able to favorably compare themselves to ignant ass rappers

  30. Andrew Martin
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 16:46:00

    I think Dave’s point is that the “mainstream”—I hate that term—loves to over-saturate our eardrums with the same sound over and over. And typically it’s one that more savvy listeners are used to, like EDM or “trap.”

  31. YUNG βA$ED FOβ
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 16:42:00

    It’s not the same because it was interpreted differently. They’re not from the hood where Trap came from, they’re from suburbia so there is obviously going to be a different sound to it. So trap should only be made by people who’ve only been in the trap?

  32. David Reyneke
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 16:40:00

    I like his picture, though.

  33. David Reyneke
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 16:36:00

    Who said it was dead? We are saying it went mainstream and has lost all the original soul that it had on the come up. Take a look at dubstep. Underground dance seen was killing it, then clowns start using it on Internet Explorer commercials.

  34. Andrew Martin
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 16:31:00

    I never personally said it was racist, man, come on.

  35. Andrew Martin
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 16:31:00

    If it was presented like this? Yeah.

  36. Andrew Martin
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 16:30:00

    Right exactly.

  37. Andrew Martin
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 16:30:00

    I’m not saying it’s racist, just presenting all points.

  38. LOL
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 16:26:00

    “Plenty of folks have argued that racism is at the heart of trap music becoming so popular” – these people are retarded, semi-retartded or fvck their cousins.

  39. marc heilbrunn
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 16:26:00

    that trap sound is a popular form of escapism for musicians and fans alike who have never trapped or been to a trap house

    the biggest flocka & gucci fans have 4.0’s and degrees on their walls. they probably play Halo too

  40. YUNG βA$ED FOβ
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 16:24:00

    So it’s dead because the sound has reached a larger audience? If boom bap beats where used by pop artists, would we call boom bap dead?

  41. LOL
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 16:21:00

    LOL i think u need to stop having a panic attack A.M. and just find it amusing. dont get how any1 could view that as racist, what was that line about?? is riff raff or kreyshawn racist? was vanillla ice racist?

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