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This word appear in the comment of a video of Bach in YouTube:

A: Which minute is the drop?
B: When he and Mozart have the rap battle

Clearly this is a joke, but I don't understand the meaning of the drop. I have looked up in Oxford Dictionary, but all the meaning only point to the drop of liquid, or the action of dropping. I have also looked at the Urban Dictionary, but the meaning of the noun of drop is an expensive car, which doesn't make sense to me.

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    Side note: it's a joke, but it's not a pun. – Lightness Races in Orbit Oct 8 '15 at 18:07
  • As a tidbit, that person may be referring to this video when he mentions that "he" (which I assume is Skrillex, famous EDM / Dubstep artist) and Mozart have the aforementioned rap battle. In that particular song you can see and hear when "the drop" happens (at 1:06). – AeroCross Oct 12 '15 at 20:50
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"The drop" is a term specific to electronic music cultures such as dance or dubstep. It indicates a point in the song where the rhythm and pace change dramatically in order to enhance the energy of the song.

The question here is posed jokingly, as it is one that is often asked in the YouTube comments of relevant videos by those wanting to skip past the boring section and get to the exciting part.

Further reading (with some examples): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drop_%28music%29

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    Oh, I thought it meant that dubstep "music" was so awful that one was compelled to drop it in the bin. Perhaps I've turned into my parents and everything new is just noise nowadays lol. – Joe Dark Oct 8 '15 at 10:15
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    @Joe Dark It is indeed noise by design. Its intended to sound frenetic and chaotic- and very noisy. – Adam Starrh Oct 8 '15 at 10:28
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    @Ooker I believe the term is bliss – Gusdor Oct 8 '15 at 13:34
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    That video pokes fun of electronic dance music. In a typical electronic dance track, the song will have about a minute of buildup in which the music gradually gains energy. Most of that video is an exaggeratedly long buildup, making fun of many of the tropes used in dance music. This part of the video includes the DJ pretending to have a stroke. When he finally presses the "BASS" button, that's the drop. – Kevin Oct 8 '15 at 17:50
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"The drop" is an expression coined to describe the moment or moments in songs (chiefly in electronic music genres such as house/dubstep) where the music is focussed on the build-up to a crescendo of intense sound, usually featuring quite a lot of bass. It is normally the heaviest part of a track, and certainly the part where people on a dancefloor would dance/move the most in reaction to it. The phrase "the drop" led to "drop the bass" referring to musicians/DJs who include a "drop" in their tracks.

Here is an example of a build up to a drop (1:26) and the drop itself (1:43).

  • This reminds me to Contact by Daft Punk (I'm addicted to it). When the machine turn off, is it called the drop? – Ooker Oct 8 '15 at 11:45
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    @ooker it is not the gap, it is when the bass drops in after the gap – JamesRyan Oct 8 '15 at 15:18
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    For those less familiar with dubstep, "The bass" refers to the extra-noisy part :D – Adam Starrh Oct 8 '15 at 16:09
  • @JamesRyan can you tell me when is the gap, and when is the drop? – Ooker Oct 8 '15 at 16:40

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