dub·​step | \ ˈdəb-ˌstep How to pronounce dubstep (audio) \

Definition of dubstep

: a type of electronic dance music having prominent bass lines and syncopated drum patterns

Examples of dubstep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time, the genre was largely subsumed in festival culture and artists like Skrillex and Avicii, who ushered dubstep and big-tent EDM into mainstream pop. Steven J. Horowitz, EW.com, "Disclosure are back and full of energy," 5 Aug. 2020 Usama then proceeded to make dubstep noises with his mouth while spewing some rather offensive remarks. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Heidi Klum Revealed How She Really Felt About 'AGT' Finalist Usama Siddiquee's Controversial Performance," 27 Aug. 2020 But on the flip side there’s junglist hip-hop from Ming & FS that helped pave the way for new breakbeat/dubstep artists today. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Label Spotlight: 25 Years In, Om Records Is Still Aiming For That Goosebumps Feeling," 25 Aug. 2020 Come for the tropical house beat, be surprised by the multiple dubstep dance breaks, and leave ready to cut your own fancam of vocalist Nayeon going into a flawless vocal riff at the end of the bridge. Alex Suskind, EW.com, "Friday Five: Meek Mill showcases the other side of America, YG says 'FTP,' and more," 5 June 2020 Viewers submitted donations alongside the soundbites of gunshots, door-knocking and dubstep renditions of bagpipe music. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Twitch Streamers Make Thousands Literally by Just Sleeping," 6 Mar. 2020 Both songs were stunning, seamless marriages of genres: country, pop, rock, even elements of dubstep. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Is the Artist of the Decade—Whether You Like It or Not," 24 Dec. 2019 In 2018, Shaq traded in basketballs for bass drops and reemerged as DJ Diesel -- a bone-crushing dubstep producer with friends in high places. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The Top 100 Moments of the EDM Decade," 17 Dec. 2019 The group turned to pop producers like the Matrix and heavy dubstep acts like Skrillex and Noisia to refresh their sound for the EDM era. Los Angeles Times, "With new fans aboard, Korn shows how to metal in middle age," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of dubstep

2002, in the meaning defined above

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13 Sep 2020

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“Dubstep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dubstep. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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