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1) A drum part, usually sampled from old funk records used in hip hop tracks. Breakbeats are also sliced and manipulated in drum n bass and other froms of electronic music.
2) A variant of electronic that is characterized by the lack of the typical "four on the floor" (thump thump thump thump) bassline and loud rolling basslines. It differs from drum n bass in that it's the same tempo as most house music (around 130 BPM) instead of the faster tempo of drum n bass.
I got tired of the boring bass drum stomping in house, so I turned to breakbeat.
by statusquo August 20, 2003

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Breakbeat is real music for people who have over-dosed on the hyperactive and unnatural tempo of DnB, had enough of being bummed by mullet-sporting disco gays at Electroclash parties, can't stand the generic dross that is House music, who's ears have stopped bleeding from all the badly produced Rock n Roll and those diabetics in need of an insulin injection after gobbling too many sweets at the candybar called Trance Music.
You're informed, articulate, un-cliched, fashionable and street-smart. You like breakbeat
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1. a rhythm that is broken, syncopated, or abstract. used in funk, jazz, hip-hop, drum 'n' bass, etc
2. a style of music that uses breakbeats. common artists include but are not limited to the chemical brothers, the crystal method, fatboy slim, etc.
8th notes on the hi-hat is assumed here.
o= opened hi-hat
c= closed hi hat
s= snare drum
b= bass drum.
each dash is one 16th rest.

not a break beat:
bco-sco-bco-sco- :|

breakbeats:

b-c-s-csbbs-csb- :|

b-cbs-bscsbbsbo- :|
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the most beautiful sound in music. Goes well with a deep bass.
I may not be religious, but the Amen breakbeat is my sacrament.
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BreakBeat (sometimes BreakBeats or breaks) is a term used to describe a collection of sub-genres of electronic music, usually characterized by the use of a non-straightened 4/4 drum pattern (as opposed to the steady beat of house or trance). These rhythms may be characterized by their intensive use of syncopation and poly-rhythms, which are prominent in all music of African origin, including African American music although the actual instruments used in BreakBeat music makes it more closely related to Techno and other forms of electronic music than African or African-American genres.

AT TIMES CAN BE COMPARED TO OLD SCHOOL HIP HOP BECAUSE OF TWO STEP BEAT.
I like to Break Dance to BreakBeat Music
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Breakbeats are used in many hip hop, rap, jungle, and hardcore songs, and can also be heard in other music, from popular music to background music in car and jean commercials on the radio or TV. One of the largest Breaks nights north of London is Milton Keynes lead Beatcheck, set up in 2006.
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Breakbeat are the revolution of electronic music...
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A drum beat containing more than one unique time interval between kick drum hits in a measure.
A breakbeat is any drum beat that does not have kick drum hits at every half, quarter, third, eighth etc. measure.
by Capt. Obvious June 27, 2007

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