Let Dubstep Die in Peace
In the spirit of healthy Noisey debate, I've got to respond to How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Dubstep, even if it risks me sounding like a war veteran gargling "You weren't THERE in the beginning, you don't know what it was like!"
Firstly, hip-hop and dubstep have not been growing together. Hip-hop is a facet of music that encompasses more differing styles and geographical nuances that I could dare try to sum up in one sentence. In comparison, dubstep is a genre that was born in south London ten years ago (at most), is defined by its structure (Y'KNOW, THE DUB AND THE 2-STEP) and, like a lot of hybrids of bass music, had a fleeting popularity.
So, I find this maddening habit of playing devil's advocate by way of "oh, you're too quotation-marks-cool for 'dubstep'" infuriating. Nah, I'm not too "cool", it's just that dubstep was dead already when people (America) still kept trying to shoehorn anything with a slight bit of reverb into its stiff corpse. The Weeknd? Not dubstep! Skrillex aping Burial? Not dubstep! The bastardised, paint-by-numbers "wait for the drop aaaand WUB WUB WUUUB WUB" noise pollution? Not dubstep! A$AP's "Wild For The Night"? Nope.
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