Published on December 19th, 2016 | by David Morales0
Trap Beckham Releases New Video ‘Going Down’
Trap Beckham is a new Trap artist from Jacksonville, Florida who values the meaning of team work. As one of the newest additions to the Def Jam family, he recently dropped a new video titled “Going Down”. Beckham has proven to be an effective player in the game. Taking the time to address his recent success, he tells The Hype magazine a bit about his journey and what it’s like being a part of the Def Jam team.
“The record has just been taking off. I’ve been doing music for years, so to see it grow is amazing! It’s a dream come true being with Def Jam.” – Trap Beckham
Beckham is a dope artist that has that southern bass sound and 808 Trap down to a science. He writes party music for the ladies which is best illustrated with his latest video “Going Down.”, streaming from Def Jam Presents: Direct Deposit Vol. 1. Now after hitting the road this summer, Beckham is back in the studio recording another mix tape following the success of his current single which is also available on iTunes, Spotify and Tidal. Hosted by Dj Pretty Ricky, 7.14.16 is one of the hottest mix tapes of 2016.
So you put out a mix tape every year on your birthday?
Yeah! Every year I drop a mix tape on my birthday July 14. So this year, I released my first one with Def Jam. I was kind of underground when it started, but the world will see the eighth one soon. Def Jam was all good with it! They like my legacy. They were like – do you, don’t change you — so they let me do the mix tape and it was all good!
I try to bring that bass back! There is like no body with the bass now. I understand that everybody likes different types of music but like, there are no bass artists. I just want to bring a different aspect to the game. Outside from that, I just want to lighten up the vibe! It’s just that there are not enough happy people out there, so I want to get the vibe going and give people what they want!
Tell me a bit about how you developed your sound coming up in the game!
Well I came up in the game down in north Florida when I did a song called “Top of the Line” with a local artist. That was basically my first single and was the first one that everybody took to. It was the first song that DJ’s picked up and downloaded for no reason. It was just crazy! From that point on, I knew that the easiest way was to cater to the ladies and to cater to the party. So that played a big part in developing the type of music I make. I just perfected it! In the song “Birthday Chick”, I cater to the party and the ladies.
Do you have any tour dates set?
No, I actually don’t, but we are on the road on promo. Like right now, we are in New York! Then following up in the cities with actual material. It’s all good! We are growing organically. I’m a fan of organic growth. I wanted to make sure it was coming from the ground up.
When did you first start rapping?
I first starting rapping when I was 7 or 8 years old. I started writing music for a while and then my mom bought a tape recorder for my 12th birthday. With that tape recorder, I recorded my first song and I performed it at a talent show with a pencil, beating on a desk. Then when I was about 14, my mom bought me an old computer and a magic music maker. That is when I first learned how to structure my recordings and when I first learned how to dub my vocals. When I turned 17, I recorded a song that became very poplar around Jacksonville. Ever since then my name has been known around the city.
Now you are signed to Def Jam. What is that like?
It is a dream come true! Everyday I’m meeting someone new. It just hits me! Like today, I’m supposed to be running into Desiigner and it’s like – dang, we are on the same label! Just coming from where I come from without being a major artist. It is a major accomplishment for my city and everybody is behind me because they know I stay in my lane.
If you could do something different with “Birthday Chick” like do a remix, what would you do?
It would ride out! It would drop and the beat would flip. It would either be an all-girl remix or an all singer remix. I wouldn’t just like get gangster get on it and just do whatever. But yeah, I’d like an all-girls or an all singers. Because you got to cater to the ladies! It’s a ladies’ song. You know what I’m saying?
What can you tell me about your team Dj Pretty Ricky and Grand Prix?
My team is like the three headed monster! It is me, Iam the voice, Grand Prix, he is the brain and Dj Ricky is the one who is going to make sure we get it right! Grand Prix is the one who is going to engage in conversation in any environment and express how much we appreciate the support! You know as men; we don’t really express our feelings like that. Grand Prix will be like – listen whats your emails, and contacts? He makes sure we get it all! That is a major part in my career, because it helps me focus on other things. You definitely need a strong team. If you don’t have at least one or two people with while you are doing your music. It is definitely going to stretch you out as an artist.
Is there anything else out there you want your fans to know?
We coming and we have been cooking up music! Ive been out in L.A and the beats have been getting crazier. The parties are getting crazier. The features are going to get crazier! I’m just telling people to buckle up! Trap Beckham will be here for the long hall.