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Fighting Weight: From the Trap to the Treadmill—DJ Scream's Workout Playlist

With all due respect to "Call Me Maybe," blasting bubblegum pop at the gym won't get you going. Know what will? The angry, driving Southern hip-hop sub-genre known as trap music. We asked Atlanta's DJ Scream to put together a trap music mix that'll take your workouts to another level

October 8, 2012

The secret your trainer doesn't want you to know: Weak-as-hell music is the leading cause of weak-as-hell muscles. In other words, you're only as strong as your pump-up jams—which is why you need to start listening to trap music, like, now. For those who don't know, this hip-hop sub-genre is built on skittering hi-hats, throbbing bass, ominous melodies, and rhymes about money, power, women, and above all, dealing drugs. "When people in hip-hop talk about 'trap,' they're talking about people hustling in the streets," says Atlanta's DJ Scream. "Because no matter how much money you make or how good you're doing, at some point something bad's gonna happen—you're gonna get arrested or robbed." You know, in case you needed another reason to get jacked.

But first, a history lesson. Trap music's been a staple in the South for ages, but it broke into the mainstream in 2005 with Young Jeezy's major label debut, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101. Since then, the genre's evolved and reemerged as the sound of hip-hop in 2012, from viral teen sensation Chief Keef to the Billboard 100's leading trap music swagger-jacker, Kanye West. But DJ Scream—a host on Atlanta's Hot 107.9's Hoodrich Radio and a member of Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group—has been there since the beginning. So we asked him to produce the ultimate trap playlist for your next workout. Note: You don't have to be a thug for it to motivate you.

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