verb; the act of playing drums or drumming, either drum set or hand drums such as bongos or congas particularly loudly as in a drumline; originally used in jazz circles in the 1930s, but revived when street drummers began playing plastic five-gallon pails and trash cans for tips.
"Damn, man! Brio's really thumpin' the tubs tonight!"
playing congas, bongos, djembe, or other hand drums; to play them loud enough to hear them over the other band members, a hand drummer often slaps the drum heads, particularly near the edge of the drums.
"What're you doin' tonight, bro'?"
"Got a gig slappin' the skins at the Latin Music Festival."