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beat·​box·​ing ˈbēt-ˌbäk-siŋ How to pronounce beatboxing (audio)
: a musical style and technique based on the vocal imitation of percussion sounds
They were both rhyming, and I was more into break-dancing and beatboxing.Busta Rhymes
Vox Audio is an … unaccompanied performance ensemble that uses tonal color, imitation of instrumental sounds, harmonic textures and beatboxing.Ed Balint


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Other clips show beatboxing being turned into a drum loop, singing becoming an orchestral score, or chords from a MIDI keyboard creating a vocal choir. Jon Porter, The Verge, 16 Nov. 2023 Tamar-kali’s score — which draws on beatboxing, body percussion, Hebrew worship music, and African American spirituals along with its operatic influences — feels busy and referential but also frequently monotonous, too full of reverence to find much lift or drive. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 8 Nov. 2023 Hip-hop icon and beatboxing pioneer Doug E. Fresh has teamed up with the McCormick® brand to release an original song and music video, marking the brand’s first bottle redesign in almost four decades and celebrating the 50 years of hip-hop. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 22 Aug. 2023 And Deadeye is a sweet beatboxing sort struggling with her insecurities who desperately holds on to anything resembling friendship. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 6 July 2023 Dee, along with Darren Robinson (the Human Beatbox) and Damon Wimbley (Kool Rock Ski) were launched after winning a talent contest in 1983, and spent the better part of the next decade turning their beatboxing and good-natured lyrical antics into Platinum albums and other entertainment fare. David Z. Morris, Fortune, 19 Feb. 2021 The New York beatboxing pioneer is set to join the Motown Museum’s board of trustees. Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, 16 Mar. 2023 Sabrina Wu opened their Tonight Show stand-up set with some very fun impersonations and even some beatboxing. Vulture, 7 Oct. 2022 To English ears, Xhosa speech often comes across a bit like highly-skilled beatboxing, mixing recognizeable speech with what sounds like the clacking of objects striking each other. Julie Sedivy, Discover Magazine, 14 Feb. 2012 See More

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First Known Use


1985, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of beatboxing was in 1985

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“Beatboxing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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