History and relationship with rap
Ego trip, money, gangster, saturation – what’s this all about? Well, personally I think these are the main elements that should be brought to the table in order to talk about trap in a general sense. But we will focus on the last word: why saturation?
A brief history of dancehall
This genre germinated in Jamaica during the 1970s, as a sign of the need to adapt the reggae genre to dance spaces, hence its name (literally meaning dance hall). Reggae itself was already primarily an adaptation of ska to slower rhythms, which is due to the influence of cannabis use and the Jah religion in Jamaica. Dancehall retains facets of the faith in Selassie I and the whole Rastafarian religion in the more original lyrics, but nowadays the themes of the more popular dancehall have shifted towards more trivial and lighthearted aspects, as I will discuss below.