“I didn’t play magic cards or anything like that. I wasn’t all that into sports. I’ve been only interested in music for my entire life.” That's no platitude: The 19-year-old Madison, Wis. native doesn’t go to parties & economizes in conversation. Trapo quite literally lives in the studio; he started recording and mixing his own self-assured experiments from his bedroom in the fifth grade. Trap released his debut mixtape, The Black Beverly Hills, in the fourth quarter of 2015, garnering ‘best new artist’ designations from Pigeons & Planes and BBC Radio 1. He followed the self-described “short project about Black prosperity” with SHE, a nine-track EP with nine different narratives about impulsive romance and unrequited love. SHE spawned the single “Chicago,” which rose to No. 2 on Spotify’s Global Viral Tracks chart in April 2016. Trapo released his studio album, Shade Trees, in November 2016, with a headlining tour & his own line of merchandise. The ambitious study in escapism received praise from NPR & XXL, the latter of which predicted a breakout 2017 for the bubbling phenom. Trapo is a 100-percent independent artist who releases music through his own LLC. His next project, Ford 4 Door, is on its way.