By: Shirley Ju (@shirju)
No matter where hip-hop goes, no matter how crazy the sounds get, no matter how wild the artists one thing remains true: T.I. is the godfather of trap music.
If you appreciate trap music, a visit to the Trap Music Museum is an absolute must.
Sharing to his 9.4M followers on IG, T.I. posted a clip to his own page previewing the new space on September 30th of this year, coinciding the grand opening with the the15th anniversary of his second studio album Trap Musik.
This wasn't just music, this was a phenomenon. A whole culture dedicated to Atlanta played a role in birthing some of the GOATs of the rap game.
AllHipHop arrived in the early evening on December 2 to find a line out the door, quickly realizing this was the perfect Sunday outing. While this was rumored to be the last day, the pop-up was so successful, they decided to keep the business going.
Curated by Tip, the museum uses art to showcase Trap Music's most memorable moments and pays homage to the artists who helped push the subgenre to mainstream prominence.
Upon first walking in, you enter a room transformed into a dimly lit Atlanta Trap gas station, stocked with Rap Snacks. The only downside: the snacks were fake, leaving anyone with munchies in disappointment.
Your eyes suddenly gaze at a wall of framed baby pictures, featuring all the forefathers of Trap including T.I., Jeezy, Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, 2Chainz, Rick Ross, Future, and even Kodak Black.
While the Project Baby isn’t from ATL, it’s obvious the scope is extended to the living legends who not only fit the role of the genre but whose influence spreads to the masses.
The Trap Music timeline hails at the front, highlighting all the historical moments along the way, both good and bad. The attention to detail was remarkable, along with the interesting and surprising facts provided next to each milestone.
The collage wall of mugshots which read “we did it for the trap” was not to be missed, created by artist DL Warfield.
Without revealing too many spoilers, some standout pieces include T.I.’s authentic handwritten letters from jail and a framed piece of paper with the original “Shoulder Lean” lyrics, reminding folks of the legacy of Young Dro.
There was an entire room dedicated to T.I.’s outfits at awards shows, with his actual Grammy trophy sitting in a clear case in the middle.
One of my favorites was the reenactment of Gucci Mane’s Trap kitchen, with scales, bricks, and money both on the fridge and freezer. Hey, you gotta hide it somewhere.
There were closets turned into makeshift recording booths, reminding folks of the struggle and having to record with the resources you had (or didn’t have). There was a mixtape wall full of throwback CDs from all the legends, taking us back to the nostalgic pre-streaming era.
There was an installation dedicated to Rick Ross and his 2017 Rather You Than Me album, with props — maroon fur and a crown — to bring the cover art to life. Cue “Trap Trap Trap.”
Another favorite is the actual car from 2 Chainz’ Pink Trap House, which of course, originated in ATL. Tip may have been the originator, but it doesn’t get more loyal than Tity Boi naming his album Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.
As seen on its own Instagram page, the museum flexes its network of relationships with visits from Thugger, Gunna, Lil Baby, 2 Chainz, and his mama, and so many more.
Residing at 630 Travis St., the museum comes with the option of doing an “Escape the Trap” room, where guests are forced to use wit and intelligence to crack codes and follow clues to find their way out of the Trap house.