Latin trap (also known as Spanish trap or trapeton) is a musical subgenre that originated in Puerto Rico and became popular in the 2010s. It takes influence from Puerto Rican reggaeton and American trap music. Vocals include rapping and singing, often in Spanish.
Latin trap takes heavy influence from Puerto Rican reggaeton and American trap music. Latin trap is typically in Spanish and contains a blend of singing and rapping, while still in the signature beat of reggaeton. The lyrics in Latin trap are similar to American trap and are often about the street life, poverty, violence, sex, and drugs.
Latin trap originated in Puerto Rico and gained popularity throughout Latin America. The exact date of origin is unknown and is widely debated. Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer Ozuna states that it was in 2007 with the song "El Pistolon" by Arcángel. De La Ghetto, on the other hand, states that he has been performing Latin trap since 2005. Reggaeton artists at this time wanted to introduce elements of American hip hop and R&B to a Spanish audience. During this time, Latin trap music was considered to be a form of reggaeton, rather than a subgenre of its own.
Latin trap slowly began to gain prominence around 2015, when the Dominican rapper Messiah redefined the genre, merging together Latin and American trap and when De La Ghetto releases "La Ocasión".
The popularity of Latin trap is contributed by many other reggaeton and Latin trap artists. Bad Bunny led an explosion to the popularity of Latin trap. Bad Bunny produced several songs that made it into Billboards Hot Latin Songs chart and has multiple collaborations with popular American artists such as Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, and Cardi B. He shortly became the face of Latin trap's sudden rise in popularity. Through collaborations with other artists, such as his appearance in Becky G's "Mayores", Bad Bunny was among the first Latin trap artists to ever rap on the radio. His appearance on the radio has led to an increased recognition of Latin trap in the United States.
Latin trap's inability of being played on the radio is mainly due to the profanity and suggestions of the lyrics. The song "Cuatro Babys" by Maluma has received much controversy over its lyrics as they arguably appear to suggest direct violence towards women. A petition was posted on Change.org demanding for the removal of the song from digital platforms. Despite this controversy, the popularity of "Cuatro Babys" has only risen with the song having gone 4× Platinum. Because of this, Latin trap has had a large but primarily underground following.
Arcángel & De La Ghetto, are the two artists that started this Latin trap genre with "El Pistolon" released in 2007. In 2016, "La Ocasión" was released and that song became famous across Latin America and even the United States. In early 2018, Arcángel & De La Ghetto both sung separately by Arcángel releasing "El Granjero" and De La Ghetto releasing "Se Que Quieres".
Ozuna sung "La Ocasión" with Arcángel & De La Ghetto and Anuel AA. He said that was the boom of the Latin trap genre.
Anuel AA is a popular Latin trap artist, known for his rough and explicit lyrics. Anuel AA has more than 20 million views on YouTube and features on tracks like De La Ghetto's "La Ocasion" has more than 200 million views. In 2016, the rapper was arrested in Puerto Rico after police found three guns and 152 rounds of ammunition in his car. Following his arrest, the #FreeAnuel movement became viral as he was releasing tracks from prison.
Bad Bunny has been moving at an great pace. Last November, he was singing with J Balvin at the Latin Grammy Awards, where the duo were nominated for their hit "Si Tu Novio Te Deja Sola" one of 15 Bad Bunny singles to chart on Billboards Hot Latin Songs tally in 2017. His rising fame led to a deal with a local label, Hear this Music, in 2016. He spent the next 18 months releasing many songs with great artists, including Wisin, Ozuna, Prince Royce and Daddy Yankee.
Noriel is a popular Latin trap artist, he is famous for the first official Latin trap album Trap Capos: Season 1 in 2016. He is known for singing with Maluma's "Cuatro Babys" and his sexually explicit lyrics towards woman.
Lary Over is a trap artist signed to Farruko's Carbon Fiber Music. He released his debut album "El Wason BB" in 2018. He his known for his hit song "Que Tengo Que Hacer" and his collaborations with Farruko, Anuel AA, and Sebastian Yatra.
Bryant Myers is a Puerto Rican reggaeton and trap artist. He is known for his really deep vocals. His most notable songs are "Pa Ti" and "Un Ratito Más" both with Bad Bunny. He was also featured on "Cuarto Babys" with Maluma, Noriel, and Juhn.