In the late 1970s and early 1980s, hip hop turntablists, such as DJ Kool Herc, began using several funk breaks in a row, using irregular drum patterns from songs such as James Brown’s “Funky Drummer” and The Winstons’ “Amen Brother”, to form the rhythmic base for hip hop songs. DJ Kool Herc’s breakbeat style involved playing the same record on two turntables and playing the break repeatedly, alternating between the two records. This style was copied and improved upon by early hip hop DJs Afrika Bambaataa and Grand Wizard Theodore.[dubious – discuss] This style was extremely popular in clubs and dancehalls because the extended breakbeat provided breakers with more opportunities to showcase their skills.
Breakbeats were used in the 1920s by jazz and swing bands.A popular breakbeat song of the 1920s was the “Charleston”.
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