Late Capitalism in the Trap

Photograph by Olivia Bee

I just fucked your bitch in some Gucci Flip Flops

I can think of no better thesis statement for trap music than this. It contains most of the major themes you need to understand over a decade of lyrical tradition. Commodity fetishism, instrumentalization of women, celebration of domination and hierarchies based on wealth all wrapped up in a neat little package. It’s really a bizarre…