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Drum sequences usually taken from pop, or rock music where a certain drum will make a very quick, and loopable sound. This is usually used in old-school hip-hop a bit slowed down, to make phat beats. Recently jungle has sped the drums up dramatically, to create lightning fast urban underground tribal beats. Breakbeats are usually during a drum solo.

Breakbeats were historically made from the "breaks" in drum lines from older songs... these breaks would typically last only about a measure, and were used by drummers to add a more energetic, syncopated transition between patterns or themes in a song, often just before or after the bridge or chorus. Somebody discovered that looping these breaks, instead of regular drum patterns, made for a more energetic, syncopated beat... but nowadays the style breakbeat refers to any beat which sounds like those first breaks, and can be made from scratch.

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