When artists like T.I. and Young Jeezy introduced the term “trap music” into the American pop lexicon in the early aughts, it stood less for a genre than a place: In Atlanta slang, trap referred to drug houses, and trap music referred to the type of rap that referred to or was played in such spots. Gentrification moves quickly, though, and 2012 saw a new generation of MacBook-equipped dance producers using the term to signify their own techo-synths-plus-rap-snares beats, a movement that reaches its only possible conclusion tonight with the event that has been dubbed Gramercy’s First Trap Party. Fortunately for you, tonight’s DJs—New Jersey rising star DJ Sliink and Mad Decent veteran Dirty South Joe—both rise above the hype.
Sat., Jan. 12, 11:30 p.m., 2013