DJ Snake has faced a lot of criticism followed by his latest release titled “Magenta Riddim“. The track which fancies DJ Snake‘s favorite style of music has already reached over 2 Million plays worldwide since it was released 8 days ago. The melody seems inspired by Middle-Eastern or Indian music.
What caught our attention to the track was actually the backlash with its title, especially from bass music fans. The word “riddim” looks like a clickbait when you listen to the whole track and find the track softer than a sponge. Fans did not miss trolling Snake on Twitter regarding his choice of track names.
0/10 not the type of riddim I was expecting.
— Ben Aussem (@ben_aussem) February 23, 2018
We tried to gulp down the track with that title and started researching the actual reason for the name Magenta Riddim. And guess what? The track is actually a riddim track.
Yes! It is not the riddim we think it is. Riddim is actually a very broad term in terms of music. All the reggae you are familiar with is based on classic riddims, shit even the James Bond theme is based on a riddim. Riddims are the instrumental backgrounds of reggae, lovers rock, dub, ragga, dancehall, soca, bouyon and also grime compositions. It’s almost mean to put “riddim” in a song title these days (especially in dance music) and not have it translate to that murky dubstep that has pervaded clubs and festivals for the past two years. And yet, we know that culturally, the word has a much older and more significant meaning: in reggae, dancehall, calypso, soca, and reggaeton parlance it refers to the instrumental accompaniment to a song.
End of the story?
Magenta Riddim is riddim. Thanks to DJ Snake for schooling the bassheads.
Listen to this riddim but not dubstep track here: