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Ultimate Breaks and Beats

In popular music a break is an instrumental or percussion section or interlude during a song derived from or related to stop-time – being a "break" from the main parts of the song or piece.

In DJ parlance, a break is where all elements of a song (e.g., pads, basslines, vocals), except for percussion, disappear for a time. In hip hop and electronica, a short break is also known as "the drop", and is sometimes accented by cutting off everything, even the percussion. This is distinguished from a breakdown, a section where the composition is deliberately deconstructed to minimal elements (usually the percussion or rhythm section with the vocal re-introduced over the minimal backing), all other parts having been gradually or suddenly cut out. (Brewster and Broughton 2003, p.79)

List of breaks

Mostly based on Rap Attack: African Jive to New York Hip Hop

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