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

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In the minute-long video, Kaepernick is seen working out using free weights and exercise machines as a dubstep-style track plays. Tre'vaughn Howard, CBS News, "Colin Kaepernick sends message to NFL with workout video saying he's been "denied work for 889 days"," 9 Aug. 2019 Electronic dance music, otherwise known as EDM, serves as an umbrella term for several genres including house, techno, trance, dancehall and dubstep. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "The EDM industry tends to be male-centric. Here’s how Baltimore’s female DJs are trying to combat that.," 7 Aug. 2019 Barker strapped in and jammed out to trap-dubstep cacophony for four minutes. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, "Nobody on stage seemed to be having fun at Lil Wayne and Blink-182’s nostalgia show," 12 July 2019 The big man threw down a bass-heavy dubstep set, and made liberal use of Mémoire’s laser light system, 450-inch LED wall, and overhead fog cannons. Kevin Slane, BostonGlobe.com, "Shaq put on a larger-than-life show at Encore Boston Harbor," 28 June 2019 The nasty outfit takes elements of bloghouse electro and smashes those glitches between heavy American dubstep-style wubs. Kat Bein, Billboard, "WAVEDASH & QUEST Summon 'Devil Music' For Mad Zoo EP: Exclusive," 31 May 2018 Slander plays with dubstep halftime and future womps to give Malone's heartbreak anthem some serious swagger. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Here Are the 10 Best Post Malone Remixes," 30 Apr. 2018 Frantic rhythm game Lilt Line started on iOS, meanwhile, but also works better with Wii Remote tilt controls and its heavy dubstep soundtrack blasted out through bigger speakers. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Nintendo’s WiiWare dies this weekend, so download these games while you can," 23 Mar. 2018 Friday-Saturday Excision The Canadian artist born Jeff Abel emerged as more aggressive dubstep sounds broke big at the turn of the decade. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Big Gigs: Babyface, Marillion, Charlie Wilson, more," 15 Feb. 2018

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2002, in the meaning defined above

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