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Lil Pump: Trapper of the Century

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There are many faces one associates with Hip-Hop. Pioneers of modern Hip-Hop that surfaced in the late 80s and early 90s such as NWA, Makaveli, The Notorious B.I.G., and Wu Tang Clan are globally recognized and can be credited with contriving modern Hip- Hop. Major players in the genre such as Jay Z, Eminem, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar are, to many, the first few that come to mind. These artists are considered mainstream by most enthusiasts as they are generally listened to by a wider array of demographics.

Arguably the most controversial Hip-Hop music is also the least listened to among a wide spread audience that spans the globe. Artists such as Lil Uzi Vert, Denzel Curry, XXXTentacion, and 21 Savage are examples of these new wave artists. Their beats are usually similar, very often relying on a Roland TR-808 rhythm creator to mold simple beats. These artists usually use a slow tempo and easily comprehended background instruments and ad libs by the artist to contrive a catchy instrumental tracks.

These instrumental tracks, known as samples, are usually created by a producer working alongside the artist. Often times however, these beats are sold to artists to put their own lyrics over them. These sample constructors are usually credited by the title of the song or phrases created by the producer thrown into the song at metronomical intervals known as a producer tag. In these situations, both parties win because the artists is given music for their songs, and producers are allowed to be creative, promote themselves, and are paid a decent amount of money for doing such.

Now that we understand modern day “under the radar” Hip-Hop, we can finally arrive at the feature presentation: Lil Pump. The self proclaimed “Trapper of the Century” Lil Pump is an underground artist whose songs are often marmite among enthusiasts. Some criticise the rapper for his simplistic lyrics and lack of lyrical variety. Others praise this style and commend his ability to create catchy music easily. Gazzy Garcia, the aforenamed Lil Pump, just recently turned seventeen.

On August 17, 2000 in Miami, FL, Garcia was born. In his grade school years, Garcia was the common troublemaker, breaking rules, fighting, and ultimately using illegal substances. As a Mexican American living in a migration hotspot, it was often hard for he and other Chicanos to stay out of the eye of the law. Like any major city, gang activity played a large role in youth behavior. According to FBI.gov, there were as many as four gang members to every police officer in Florida in 2011. Because of this, his upbringing was a violent one and eventually led to his expulsion from school in the ninth grade for fighting.

Like most other artists, Lil Pump’s upbringing and environment shaped the way his music was to be produced. His lyrics are largely populated with expensive brand references, vulgar language, and drug innuendos. Also like other rap artists, Lil Pump’s story is often directly mirrored his audience’s viewpoints. The idea of trapping, or selling drugs, is also interesting but out of easy reach to a variety of people from urban, often white areas.

It is surprising to many that such a young person could ever create such popular and, often times, controversial music. Some of his most popular songs include D Rose, Flex Like Ouu, Boss, and Elementary. Often times, these songs are accompanied by Garcia’s friend, Smokepurpp. A nineteen year old rapper out of Miami, Smokepurpp (named Omar Pineiro) has come up in a similar way to Garcia and in relatively the same area. While Pineiro has come out with his own popular songs, his collaborations are usually just appearances in music videos. On a few rare occasions however, Pineiro produces a sample for Garcia.

Lil Pump has been creating music since 2013, and he’s only becoming more popular. Pump’s song “D Rose” regards the notion that he is similar to Derrick Rose, a point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers. This connection to D-Rose spawn from the artist sporting an expensive watch upon his wrist. With a reported net worth of $70 million in 2015, it is no wonder that the accessory had him feeling like D-Rose.

Another on of Pump’s most popular songs is “Flex Like Ouu”. This piece is a testament to Pump’s newly and quickly earned riches. The line “Move that brick to the bando like ouu” describe his swiftness in delivering illegal substances to abandoned houses where they were to be sold. Another line, “Maison Margiela all over my shoe” refers to a French shoe company notorious for having extremely expensive shoes. For sale on Neiman Marcus’ website is a pair of Maison Margielas, suede and with a price tag of $1095.00.

Recently, Pump bought a used Porsche Carrera S for around $50,000. Just sixteen at the time of purchase, many criticized the rapper because of his frivolous spending. Perhaps these people were correct to do such, as the young trapper crashed the car on the day of purchase and continued to drive it.

Lil Pump has also stirred a lot of commotion with his lyrics that often advocate the use of profane substances. While a vast majority of his audience is accustomed to such a credence, some are unlikely to ignore the question, “where are this kid’s parents?”. While there is no known information on Pump’s parents, there is very little chance they are very involved in his life.

In total, Lil Pump has a reported net worth of $150,000. He has amassed 497.8 thousand followers on Soundcloud and over 126 million song plays. While some may find the title “Trapper of the Century” pretentious, there is no denying that Gazzy Garcia, known by his stage name as Lil Pump, is slowly becoming the next big name in the industry.

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Lil Pump: Trapper of the Century