DECONSTRUCTED: Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen”

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trap queen bannerIt’s easy to hear the song “Trap Queen” as any other radio hip hop melody with ubiquitous lyrics about cars, money, and exotic dancers when you hear it for the first time.  Don’t get me wrong, those topics are definitely present, but upon listening to it a second, third, or even fourth time, you’d discover the 2014 hit is more so a ballad about love and equality in a relationship.  

The song starts with a bridge wherein Wap is speaking to a woman he’s interested in.  He says hello to her and notes her beauty, going even further to say he’d like to hang out with her, and that he’s got cannabis to share if she’s interested.  This is a sort of allusion to future aspects of their relationship and a possible way to woo her.  The song continues with Wap speaking to the audience, saying he’s very business-oriented and that he showed this woman his workspace: the stove.  At this point he’s decided to show her how he turns the gears of his business, sharing his knowledge and opening up a partnership both romantically and financially.  In the song, she begins working with Wap in an abandoned building making and selling drugs.  From this they profit quite a bit together, and even count their money together.  It seems Wap aspires to simply do and share everything with his partner without making her feel like a literal and figurative passenger as they discuss getting matching Lamborghinis.

This trap love ballad being sung from Fetty Wap’s perspective strongly focuses on his respect for this person he’s so clearly enamoured with.  Leading us to the catchy chorus with a repetition of things he does with his ever-wonderful Trap Queen; they get high together, they glow up together, and they continue to maintain their lucrative business together, further explaining how effective they are as a team.

It’d be a surprise to no one if the term “Trap Queen” became more than just a successful title.  As more and more music emerges in the same vein as Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen,” the title could be understood as a term of endearment, and rightfully so.  With the exception to its relation to illegal activity, the term implies high regard for whoever holds the title and elicits a foundation of respect while also citing the speaker’s adoration.

Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen"
Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen”

Though this song is filled with obligatory boastful filler, I’d go so far to say that the catchy hook and upbeat backing music really holds the song together.  The construction of this piece certainly could — and almost definitely does — inspire many to fulfill similar goals in their financial or romantic lives.  


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