Mi gente — Latin trap music sets a new vibe

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Photo Credit: Raquel Higine | Daily Texan Staff

Artists such as Ozuna, Bad Bunny and J Balvin set new vibes in the music sphere with a loud bass and steady pace.

Latin trap music appeals to many audiences outside the languages spoken by Latin American nations, and according to Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, it pushed Latin rappers to rank among America’s top hits. Latin trap has become a source of pride for some Latinx, such as history and government junior Richard Madrigal.

Madrigal said Latin trap is easy to get into, especially at parties. 

“It’s cool because it’s a less traditional sound,” Madrigal said. “You get different kinds of sound, like Caribbean sounds.” 

Finance sophomore Irving Perez said Latin trap music is trendy in social spaces.

“A lot of the times when I listen to Latin trap, it’s in a casual setting, bar, party or hanging out with friends,” Perez said. “It sets a really good vibe.”

Perez said Latin trap is creating a global presence. 

“Some of the Spanish trap is really popular in Italy,” Perez added. “It’s very trendy in Texas, Mexico and Latin American countries.”

Perez’s perspective on Latin trap reaches beyond being a trendy genre. He said it is a perfect method for people to mingle, especially in Texas, because it shines a positive light on the Latinx community.

“It’s a great way to expose (Spanish) to people who may have negative connotations with hearing or listening to it,” Perez said.

Perez said some of these Latin trap artists gained global recognition by partnering with other trending artists such as Cardi B. She featured two Latin trap artists — J Balvin and Bad Bunny — in her song “I Like It.” 

“I like that other artists in their same (genre) have been able to appreciate their music,” Perez said. “That’s been able to set a spark and draw more people in.” 

Theater and dance sophomore Erick Mendoza grew up listening to two genres — regional Mexican and reggaetón. Mendoza said Latin trap vibes are far more impactful than the two genres he grew up listening to. 

“Latino trap is crossing borders,” Mendoza said. “I can hear flows from gangster rap artists from the ‘90s through Latin trap. You don’t even have to be Latino or speak Spanish to bump it.”

Mendoza said Latin trap artists are doing a lot for the Latinx community. 

“Latin trap is a lot bigger than what regular rap is doing right now,” Mendoza added. “These artists are doing a lot more for their people.”

Perez said Latin trap has a powerful influence because it reflects the culture’s history. 

“It’s a beautiful genre with a lot of stories and culture,” Perez said. “I can’t wait to see where it goes.”