Zoë Blade's notebook


A breakbeat is a drum solo, usually from an early 1970s funk record.

As it made for good DJing and then sampling, it became a staple of hip hop, house, breakbeat hardcore, jungle, drum'n'bass, and big beat music, largely through the use of uncleared samples, often sourced via DJ battle tools or sample CDs.

Notable examples

Hip hop culture: Breakbeat | DJ battle tool

Sampling: A cappella | Breakbeat | DJ battle tool | Personal sample library | Pingpong loop | Sample CD