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A break beat is a rhythmic musical loop, born from the “breakdown” sections of funk, soul, disco, jazz, and rock records.  In the analog 70’s, some crafty south Bronx DJs isolated the breakdown sections of popular records.  Employing a second turntable and this new-fangled doo-hickey called a cross fader, they live-looped the breakdowns that moved dancers to tear up the floor.  A break beat is that driving rhythm to which b-boys pop lock and wind-will, to which MCs rhyme, call, and await response.   It is a dynamic crossroads of limbs and language.  It is the foundation of hip ...

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