West Coast Electro-Trap
That's right, I just made up a new genre: Electro-Trap, which I'm using to describe the warm, fast street sound of "Cut Da Lights Off" by rappers/producers Yung Starz from Los Angeles. The track has a solid, clean vibe, using multi-panned, syncopated funky synths and 808 drums to create a rich underlying bass beat for the Starz' raps. The lyrics are about as good as you can ever expect from trap music...which is to say, not extremely innovative, and mostly centered around cruising, clubs, girls, and street aggression. But of course, trap has never been about lyrical content. It's about how the beat makes you feel, which is like a motherf*cking gangster. So in this sense, "Cut Da Lights Off" succeeds at what it sets out to do, and it's use of quick funky synth samples is ultimately pretty cool.