beat·​box | \ ˈbēt-ˌbäks How to pronounce beatbox (audio) \

Definition of beatbox

: an electronic device that adds a backbeat, manipulates sounds, and mimics musical instruments

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The designs depict black men playing basketball, a couple dancing to a beatbox wearing traditional colonial garb, black women braiding each others’ hair, and girls playing double dutch. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "The History Behind The Star Print of Dior's Latest Swimsuit Collection, Toile de Jouy," 12 June 2019 The pair traded beatbox recordings, notes, mood boards and sticky notes between day jobs and other commitments. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Houston duo Bling St. finds inspiration in the '80s," 25 Oct. 2017 During Yuri Basho Lane's beatbox musical short Make Peace, a toddler adjacent to me stomped to the rhythm, her light-up sneaker soles pulsating flashes to the beat. Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader, "Collaboraction’s Peacebook performance festival tackles an ‘epidemic of inequity’," 30 Aug. 2017 To emphasize that last point, Doug E. Fresh will appear Oct. 5 in probably the IMA's first old-school beatbox concert. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "10 new things Indy arts and pop culture geeks should check out this fall," 28 Aug. 2017 This beatbox show includes audience participation and improvisation, and covers topics of hip-hop culture, language, math and music. Washington Post, "D.C. community events, July 13-19, 2017," 12 July 2017 Rhythmic Circus is a high-energy ensemble of four tap dancers, a seven-piece funk/jazz band, and one beatbox artist. Tony Lacy-thompson, The Mercury News, "Rhythmic Circus brings the beats to Palo Alto," 17 Feb. 2017 Today, beatbox is everywhere, of course, underpinning hip-hop and rap, and thriving on the street, the subway, in parks, in clubs, on the airwaves. Meg Medina, New York Times, "An Aspiring Bluesman Faces the Loss of his Grandfather," 12 May 2017

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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