Change the phrase ‘let’s rock and roll’ to ‘let’s dub and step’

Change the phrase ‘let’s rock and roll’ to ‘let’s dub and step’

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The phrase ‘let’s rock and roll’ is outdated, turgid and marred by a legacy of musical colonisation and cultural erasure. I propose we change every instance of the insidious phrase in our day to day lives to ‘let’s dub and step

Pros:

  • Inclusive: dubstep is a genre that can be enjoyed by all. Dubstep artists are a diverse bunch, ranging from sweaty white men (loefah, the bug) to sad lonelybois (burial) and people of colour (benga, mala kromestar). This places it as a far more inclusive scene than rock n’ roll, which is dominated by aging white boomers who haven’t the common decency to die. The genre’s roots in Jamaican soundsystem culture are further venerated with the prominence of MCs like Flowdan, Killa P, Warrior Queen and Charlie P, a stark contrast to rock n’ roll which is marked by its thorough and systematic erasure of the genre’s Black pioneers (Robert Johnson, Bo Diddley, BB King, Chuck Berry) by charlatans like Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, Buddy Holly and that absolute wettie from Back to the Future
  • Positive connotations: rock is boring, obnoxious, atonal and contains zero dutty drops or filthy basslines. It is also enjoyed almost exclusively by boomers and tories. Dubstep, on the other hand, slaps, bangs and yeets the listener with more gully drops and massive basslines than you can shake a stick at. The scene is also populated by a far more diverse array of people across the world. The genre is known for its deep, intricate basslines (and association with soundsystem culture), intricate soundscapes and a minimal, aesthetically pleasing musical atmosphere, rather than racism, colonialism and white people who can’t sing or maintain rhythm over the course of a single two minute cover of a blues staple that was probably uncredited in the album credits.
  • Cultural Reclamation: dubstep’s international recognition has been wrought asunder by the american bastardisation of the genre thanks to war criminals like skrillex and deadmau5. By inserting ‘lets dub and step’ into our day to day lexicon it allows speakers a segue to further extrapolate on the genre’s history and merits to those uninitiated in the big wub and uk bass culture in general.

Let’s dub and step towards the future, comrades.

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