Top Artist Joey Trap’s New Album, Professional
With undeniable East Coast-bred braggadocio and fascinatingly animated vocalizations over heavy 808 bass, NYC born and San Diego based rapper-producer Joey Trap, an acronym for Take Risks And Prosper, first caught attention in 2016 with a string of undeniably captivating songs showcasing his unique vocal tone and talent for wordplay.
One of the hardest working and overachieving artists in the rap game, releasing over 10 albums between 2017 and 2021, Joey Trap has drawn comparisons to many of the top names in hip hop. With dropping four albums in 2022 alone, Joey Trap has accumulated hundreds of millions of streams as his reputation continues to rise.
In this brief interview, Joey Trap breaks down his introduction into hip hop, what separates him from other rappers, an East Coast vs West Coast influence, what motivates and inspires him as an artist, and most importantly his latest album, Professional.
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Joey Trap Interview
Kulture Vulturez: What or who introduced you into rap music?
Joey Trap: I’ve always been passionate about music, when I was 8 years old I taught myself how to play piano by ear and that’s the same ear I’ve developed to producing most of my beats now
Kulture Vulturez: With some many people rapping what’s your solution to standout and separate yourself from the crowd?
Joey Trap: I don’t need to try and stand out I just do my own thing and be myself 100% and I’m so different than these other people trying so hard to be something they’re not.
– Joey Trap – ZAZI
Kulture Vulturez: You’ve released a lot of music, where do you feel your drive and work ethic comes from?
Joey Trap: It’s passion, it’s a true gift from god being able to consistently make music and never run out of songs. I can’t tell you more than when I sit down in the studio and hear a beat play I’m ready always. Doesn’t matter what emotion or mood or circumstances, I will use those things to my advantage and put those energies into my writing and recording.
Kulture Vulturez: What do you feel has a bigger influence on you as an artist the East Coast or the West coast?
Joey Trap: East coast definitely as far as my character goes I grew up in public schools in New York it’s a lot different than Cali for sure but both influence me and I’m not limited to influence from one coast or the other. It’s the combination of influence and experienced that makes me unique.
– Joey Trap – HOVA
Kulture Vulturez: Your new album Professional what’s the concept behind it and what can listeners expect?
Joey Trap: The concept for PROFESSIONAL is that I am a PROFESSIONAL HIT MAN. Killing records every day, killing beats every day, killing cyborgs every day. It’s regular.
Kulture Vulturez: What are your favorite songs on the project?
Joey Trap: Every song on there is worth a listen I couldn’t tell you to listen to only one that’s why I put so many songs on there it’s a complete feeling, story, and roller coaster ride. I begin the album with PROFESSIONAL “I lost my new rollie in the wraith” & I end the album with BRAIN FROZE: OUTRO “ Hop in a Rolls Royce, n**** I got a new Rolex” so it’s a story & experience you know, I go through things with the listener here.
– Joey Trap – PROFESSIONAL
Kulture Vulturez: What separates this album from your previous releases?
Joey Trap: This in my opinion is my first of many UP TO PAR mainstream professional albums hence the title and also it’s ONLY auto tune which is a first for me being most of my releases in the past only contained one or 2 auto tune songs. This has 26.
Kulture Vulturez: Finally, for somebody listening to you for the first time any previous projects or songs they should check out to get them caught up?
Joey Trap: Yeah I mean I put out so much work its discouraging for new fans to jump right in bc they’re so many options. But my favorite I have out right now are songs off my most recent project LOYALTY, TACKLE, LICKED, LIGHTS, and when u get into that there’s plenty more albums before that lead up to the development of that character. It’s been a gradual progression for me with the quality of my music and I’m finally on a professional level.