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An Assessment of Dubstep

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Approximately one decade ago, amid London’s bustling hip-hop scene, someone saw fit to inject a fresh wave of music into the new millennium. Or rather, someone thought it would be a good idea to pluck bass rhythm from its customary background layer and give it a psychedelic wobble.

That’s one bare-bones interpretation of dubstep: a mild hip-hop beat corrupted by bass fluctuations gone haywire. It’s unconventional to say the least, and abrasive to some people, but it still seduces youthful ears. England is currently drenched in it, and here in the United States, it’s a burgeoning sensation.

Artists like Britney Spears, Rihanna, Kanye West and Jay-Z are all keen on dubstep infusion. Traces of the sound can be found in a few of their latest records, and this trend seems to be gaining traction with other prominent musicians. So could it be a matter of time before dubstep becomes a full-blown mainstream brand of music? Or is it already there?

But the real question is: How does dubstep reflect this generation?

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October 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm