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Freestyle
Stylistic origins: Form of dance music combining elements of electro, disco, hip hop, and various forms of Latin music.
Cultural origins: Early 1980s, New York City and Miami, Florida, United States
Typical instruments: Syncopated beats and bass lines - use of the Roland TR-808 drum machine - Usage of synthesized horns and strings
Mainstream popularity: Mainly popular in New York and Miami, with several national hits in the 1980s and early 1990s. Popularity declined around 1992, mostly underground now.
Derivative forms: Florida breaks
Regional scenes
New York, Miami, Florida, Orlando, Florida, New Jersey, Los Angeles, California

Freestyle or Latin Freestyle, also called Latin Hip Hop in its early years, is a form of electronic music that is heavily influenced by Latin American culture. Performers such as Safire,Information Society, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, TKA, George Lamond, and Expose are notable performers of this genre. Freestyle originated in New York in the early 80's. It continues to be produced today and enjoys some degree of popularity, especially in urban Latino and Italian American communities. Another popular modern dance music genre, Florida breaks, evolved from this sound. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rap redirects here. ... Freestyle rap is an improvisational form of rapping, performed with few or no previously composed lyrics, which is said to reflect a direct mapping of the mental state and performing situation of the artist. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Electro, short for electro funk (also known as robot hip hop and Electro hop) is an electronic style of hip hop directly influenced by Kraftwerk and funk records (unlike earlier rap records which were closer to disco). ... This article is about the music genre. ... Hip hop is a cultural movement that began amongst urban African American youth in New York and has since spread around the world. ... Latin American music, or the music of Latin America, is sometimes called Latin music. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Miami redirects here. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music, syncopation is when a stressing of a normally unstressed beat in a bar or failure to sound a tone on an accented beat occurs. ... The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer was one of the first programmable drum machines (TR serving as an acronym for Transistor Rhythm). Introduced by the Roland Corporation in late 1980, it was originally manufactured for use as a tool for studio musicians to create demos. ... A Boss DR-202 Drum Machine A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums and/or other percussion instruments. ... For other uses, see Synthesizer (disambiguation). ... Florida breaks, also referred to as Florida breakbeat and Funky Breaks, is a genre of breakbeat music which, as the name suggests, is most popular in the areas around the US state of Florida. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Miami redirects here. ... Nickname: Location in Orange County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State Counties Orange Government  - Mayor Buddy Dyer (D) Area  - City 101 sq mi (261. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... For other uses, see Electronic music (disambiguation). ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... While, Safire did not have massive pop chart success, she was still a very important part of the success of Freestyle music. ... For other uses, see Information society (disambiguation). ... Lisa Lisa (born Lisa Velez on January 15, 1967) and her band Cult Jam were one of the original American latin freestyle groups of the 1980s. ... TKA is a Freestyle/Dance-pop trio prominent in the 1980s and early 1990s, mainly in Freestyle hotbeds such as New York City and Miami, Florida. ... Bad of the Heart album George Lamond (born George Garcia on February 25, 1967 in Washington, DC), is an American Freestyle music singer of Puerto Rican descent. ... Exposé is a Latin freestyle pop-dance trio of the 1980s. ... Florida breaks, also referred to as Florida breakbeat and Funky Breaks, is a genre of breakbeat music which, as the name suggests, is most popular in the areas around the US state of Florida. ...


The music first developed primarily in New York City and Miami in the mid-1980s. It eventually spread to many other cities with Hispanic populations. Initially, it was a fusion of the vocal styles found in 1970s disco music with the syncopated, synthetic instrumentation of 1980s electro, as favored by fans of breakdancing. It was also influenced by sampling, as found in hip hop music. In the 1990s, the electro and hip hop influences were supplanted by house music. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... This article is about the music genre. ... Electro, short for electro funk (also known as robot hip hop and Electro hop) is an electronic style of hip hop directly influenced by Kraftwerk and funk records (unlike earlier rap records which were closer to disco). ... A breakdancer performing a one-handed freeze (also known as a pike) in the streets of Paris. ... This article is about reusing existing sound recordings in creating new works. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... House music is a style of electronic dance music that was developed by dance club DJs in Chicago in the early to mid-1980s. ...

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Term usage

Why Freestyle is actually called freestyle is subject to speculation.


Some feel the term freestyle may refer to the difference between the mixing techniques used by DJs spinning this form of music (at least in its pre-house incarnations) and those who were spinning disco, the only other widely played dance music that incorporated sung vocals. Disco, with its relatively predictable beat structure, could be mixed with smooth, slow, and consistent techniques, but freestyle's syncopated beat structures demanded that DJs get creative, incorporating aspects of both disco and hip-hop techniques; they often had to (or had more freedom to) mix more quickly and more responsively to the individual pieces of music. Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ...


Others believe it refers to the vocal technique: singing melodic pop vocals over the kind of beats that were previously used only with rap and semi-chanted electro-funk vocal styles was a form of freestyling —getting creative by mixing up the styles— somewhat akin to the use of the term in reference to competitive freestyle rap. Freestyle rap is an improvisational form of rapping, performed with few or no previously composed lyrics, which is said to reflect a direct mapping of the mental state and performing situation of the artist. ...


Another explanation is that the dancing associated with this music allows for a great degree of freedom of expression than the other music that was prevalent at the time. Each individual dancer is free to create his or her own style.


In Miami, the freestyle name evolved after confusion between Tony Butler's track Freestyle Express by Freestyle and Debbie Deb's When I Hear Music, a slightly older but more popular track that was produced by Butler. The sound became synonymous with Butler's production, and the name of the group he was in, Freestyle, became the genre's name.


The Sound

It is a genre with rather clear features: a dance tempo with stress on beats 2 & 4; syncopation on a bassline, lead synth, or percussion, with optional stabs (provided as synthesized brass or orchestral samples); 16th beat high-hat; a chord progression which lasts 8, 16, or 32 beats and is usually in a minor key; relatively complex, upbeat melodies with singing, verses, and a chorus, with themes about love or dancing. Freestyle music in general is heavily influenced by Latin music, especially with respect to rhythms and brass/horn and keyboard parts. The Latin "clave" rhythm can be felt in many songs (such as in the defining Clave Rocks by Amoretto). The tempo of Freestyle music is almost always between 110 and 130 beats per minute (BPM), typically around 118 BPM. The keyboard parts are often elegant and clever, with many short melodies and countermelodies, again a strong influence from Latin music. It also features complicated drum machine patterns that a human drummer would have extreme difficulty playing. In popular music a bassline, also bass line, is an instrumental part, or line, which is in the bass or lowest range and thus lower than the other parts and part of the rhythm section. ... Percussion redirects here. ... In music, a stab is a single staccato chord that adds dramatic impact to a composition. ... This article is about reusing existing sound recordings in creating new works. ... A chord progression (also chord sequence and harmonic progression or sequence), as its name implies, is a series of chords played in order. ... For other uses, see Love (disambiguation). ... A contemporary dancer rehearsing in a dance studio Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. ... The term clave may refer to Clave, a rhythmic pattern Claves, a percussion instrument This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Beats per minute (bpm) is a unit typically used as either a measure of tempo in music, or a measure of ones heart rate. ... A Boss DR-202 Drum Machine A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums and/or other percussion instruments. ...


Freestyle in New York

Many people list Let the Music Play by Shannon as the first Freestyle track. Indeed, Let the Music Play became freestyle's biggest record, still getting heavy airplay through radio and other venues. The song was produced by Chris Barbosa, a Latino from New York City. Barbosa changed and refined the electro funk sound, adding Latin American rhythms and a totally syncopated drum sound. Chris Barbosa is a producer from New York who redefined electro funk as Latin freestyle in the early 1980s with Shannons Let the Music Play. // In 1981 the Bronx-born Barbosa was a reporting DJ to New Yorks WKTU a process which involved the radio station calling up... For the Brazilian pop singer, see Latino (singer). ... In music, syncopation is the stressing of a normally unstressed beat in a bar or the failure to sound a tone on an accented beat. ... Bass drum made from wood, rope, and cowskin A drum is a musical instrument in the percussion group that can be large, technically classified as a membranophone. ...


This new, exciting sound rejuvenated the funk, soul and hip hop club scenes in New York City. While most of the neighborhood clubs were closing their doors for good, some Manhattan clubs were suddenly thriving. Places like the Roxy, the Funhouse, Broadway 96, Gothams West, and Roseland that played this were packed. Records like "Play At Your Own Risk" by Planet Patrol, "One More Shot" by C Bank, "Al-Naafiyish (The Soul)" by Hashim, and "I.O.U." by Freeez became huge hits. More established European artists like Kraftwerk ("Numbers") and New Order ("Confusion," "State of the Nation") both inspired the original Freestyle sound and then responded to it by incorporating certain Freestyle elements into their own productions. For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ... Roxy NYC (sometimes The Roxy) is a popular nightclub located at 515 West 18th Street in New York City. ... Lost City - a large travelling funhouse that unpacks from two articulated trailers. ... Roseland may refer to: Roseland, Cornwall, United Kingdom In the United States: Roseland, California Roseland, Florida Roseland, Indiana Roseland, Kansas Roseland, Louisiana Roseland, Nebraska Roseland, New Jersey This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Space Patrol was a puppet TV series from the United Kingdom, made in 1962, written and produced by Roberta Leigh in association with the Associated British Corporation It featured the vocal talents of Dick Vosburgh, Ronnie Stevens, Libby Morris, Murray Kash and Ysanne Churchman, and comprised 39 half-hour episodes. ... Hashim (died ca. ... Freeez is a dance music group from London England who had two Top 10 hits on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1983. ... Kraftwerk (pronounced [], German for power station) is a German musical group from Düsseldorf that has made immense contributions to the development of improvisational rock and electronic music, most notably within the latter categorys sub-genres which later became known as synthpop, electro, techno, house and IDM. Early musical... This article is about the alternative rock/electronic band New Order. ...


Other producers from around the world soon began to replicate the sound in more radio-friendly productions. Records like "Let Me Be the One" by Safire, "I Remember What You Like" by Jenny Burton, "Running" by soon-to-be pop stars Information Society, and "Give Me Tonight" by Shannon were all over New York radio. While, Safire did not have massive pop chart success, she was still a very important part of the success of Freestyle music. ... Jenny Burton, born November 18, 1957 in New York, is a female R&B singer who had several hits on the dance chart. ... This biographical article does not cite any references or sources. ... Shannon (born May 12, 1958 as Brenda Shannon Greene in Washington D.C.), is well known for her 1983 smash dance/freestyle record, Let The Music Play. The record redefined the electro funk sound that Arthur Baker and John Rocca (who produced I.O.U by Freeez and One More... This article is about the state. ...


Many of the original freestyle artists – and the DJs who played the music, such as Jellybean, Tony Torres, Raul Soto and Roman Ricardo – were of Latino or Italian ancestry. This was one reason why the style came to be very popular among Hispanic Americans as well as Italian Americans, especially in the New York City area. This marks a notable merging of underground Hispanic and African-American urban cultures, hence, the names Latin Hip Hop or Latin Freestyle. Now, the more neutral term Freestyle is generally preferred. Of course, performers and producers associated with the style came from around the world. For example, Information Society's notable hit "Running", was written by Murat Konar, who is of Turkish descent, and produced by the band, who are of Scandinavian descent. Two other popular freestyle artists, Freeez and Samantha Fox, were both of British descent. Latin freestyle also touch the Asian community with the release of "Youngboys" by a Asian artist by the name of Leonard (aka Leon Youngboy), with a remix by Eddie Davis ( "Hungry For Your Love" by Hanson and Davis) and became the famous "SYB War Mix". Freestyle became more than a Latin thing, it became an instrument to bring together and unite the dance music lovers of all nationalities. John Benitez a. ... Hispanics in the United States, or Hispanic Americans, are American citizens or residents of Hispanic ethnicity who identify themselves as having Hispanic Cultural heritage. ... An Italian-American is an American of Italian descent. ... Freeez is a dance music group from London England who had two Top 10 hits on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1983. ... This article is about the English model and singer; for the American erotic actress, see Samantha Fox (porn star). ...


Freestyle radio in New York was exemplified by the production team of Tony Moran and Albert Cabrera, known as the Latin Rascals. Their original music on WKTU included Freestyle classics like 1984's Arabian Nights, and later more hip-hop oriented projects, such as the Cover Girls Show Me (1986). Tony Moran later went on to form his own project, Cover of One, and the duo continued to produce big name Freestyle artists into the early 1990's.(Shapiro, 2000:104-105) Tony Moran is DJ known for remixing popular songs. ... 103. ... The Cover Girls were a New York City-based Latin freestyle pop trio, the brainchild of music promoter Sal Abbatiello. ...


Freestyle around the USA

KPWR (Power 106) in Los Angeles, WQHT-FM (Hot 97) in New York, and XHRM-FM (Hot 92.5) in San Diego began playing hits by artists like TKA, Sweet Sensation, and Exposé, Safire on the same playlists as Pop superstars like Michael Jackson and Madonna. Tracks like TKA's One Way Love, Safire's "Don't break my Heart"and Sweet Sensation's Hooked On You received new life and the success of these tracks as well as the just-released Show Me by the Cover Girls helped get them added to stations around the country. "(You Are My) All and All." by Joyce Sims became the first Freestyle record to cross over into the R&B market. It was also one of the first Freestyle records to crack the European market. Although still in its early stages, Freestyle was now getting national attention, and was fast becoming dance music for the 80s. KPWR is a radio station licensed to Los Angeles, California, that currently programs a Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio musical format. ... WQHT-FM (Hot 97) is a radio station devoted to contemporary hiphop music broadcasting in New York. ... XHRM-FM or Magic 92. ... TKA is a Freestyle/Dance-pop trio prominent in the 1980s and early 1990s, mainly in Freestyle hotbeds such as New York City and Miami, Florida. ... Sweet Sensation is the name of a female dance music trio from the Bronx New York who specialized in freestyle. ... Exposé is an American girl group of the 1980s formed by record producer and songwriter Lewis A. Martineé. // Exposé was initially formed in 1984 when Martineé and his Pantera Productions talent scouts hired Sandra Casanas (Sandeé), Alejandra Lorenzo (Alé), and Laurie Miller as the groups lineup. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... This article is about the American entertainer. ... The Cover Girls were a New York City-based Latin freestyle pop trio, the brainchild of music promoter Sal Abbatiello. ... Joyce Sims (born August 6, 1959 in Rochester, New York) is an American singer, composer and pianist. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ...


"Pretty Tony" Butler produced several huge freestyle hits on Jam-Packed records out of miami, Fl. most notable for Debbie Deb- "When i hear music" and "Lookout Weekend" and the queen diva of freestyle Trinere- "I'll be all you ever need". Debbie Deb is an American dance-pop singer, best known for 1980s freestyle dance classics such as Lookout Weekend, and When I Hear Music. Debbie was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in North Miami Beach, Florida. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline for Music. ...


Company B, Stevie B, Paris By Air, Linear, Will to Power, and Exposé's later hits defined Miami Freestyle. One of the most important pioneers and influential players within the Miami freestyle scene is the entrepreneur, music executive and music producer Tolga Katas. He is accredited as being one of the first persons to create a hit record entirely on a computer. His top notch productions influenced many copy cat producers that tried (and failed) to copy the sound he created for hits such as “Party Your Body”, “In my Eyes” and “Dreaming of Love”, all performed by Stevie B. His record label Futura Records became an incubator for great, high quality Freestyle music. The group Linear, who got its start there, was eventually picked up by Atlantic Records which resulted in the group achieving international success.Many labels confused New York Freestyle and Miami Freestyle, thinking they had the same audience. They thought their promotional strategy would work for both genres, which resulted in skipping the all too important step of cultivating a record at the street and club level before going to radio. This often led to poor results for the New York-based Freestyle. New York Freestyle, even in its most polished forms, retained a raw edge and underground sound, using minor chords that made the tracks darker and more moody. The lyrics also tended to be about unrequited love or other more somber themes, dealing with the reality of what inner city teens were experiencing emotionally. 1987s self-titled album on Atlantic Records Company B was a dance-pop trio formed in 1986 by Cuban-American producer Ish Ledesma, featuring members Lori L., Lezlee Livrano and Susan Johnson. ... Stevie B had several dance hits in the late 80s that helped him rise to fame. ... Will to Power is the brain child of music producer,remixer, and DJ Bob Rosenberg. ...


Miami records on the other hand, tended to be more optimistic, using major chords similar to those used in early disco giving them a more upbeat sound. This is probably why the Miami records fared better at mainstream Pop radio than New York Freestyle. Some Miami artists like Stevie B, after doing their first shows in the New York market, saw the difference and began using the Miami sound combined with New York Freestyle, often with successful results. Stevie B had several dance hits in the late 80s that helped him rise to fame. ...


California Freestyle

Although Freestyle's main territory was Miami and New York, it did have a recognizable following in California, particularly on the Bay Area PartyStation wild 94.9 and on Los Angeles radio station Power 106. Given California's large Latino community (predominantly Mexican), they greatly enjoyed the sounds of the Latin club scene in the East Coast, and although California Freestyle wasn't as prevalent New York or Miami Freestyle, there were a number of successful California Freestyle artists that also gained popularity from Freestyle fans in the East Coast. California Freestyle leans more toward a high-tempo dance beat, referred to as Hi-NRG, but still retains the sound of freestyle. Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Power 106 is a large Hip-Hop radio station serving parts of the Los Angeles, California metropolitan area. ... Hi-NRG (High Energy) is a type of electronic dance music which emerged and then became popular in nightclubs in the early 1980s. ...


Timmy T, Jocelyn Enriquez, S-Factor, Angelina, Buffy, Daize, Rockell, One Voice, M:G and Spanish Fly were very notable Freestyle artists from California. Timmy Ts second LP, All For Love Timmy T (born Timothy Torres in Fresno, California on September 21, 1967) is a Freestyle pop singer and musician popular in the late 80s and early 90s. ... Jocelyn Enríquez is a dance singer from San Francisco (born December 28, 1974). ... Angelina is a song written by Bob Dylan, originally recorded in 1981 for the album Shot of Love. ... Buffy may mean any of the following: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, TV series that ran from 1997-2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (film), the 1992 movie that led to the series Buffy Summers, title character in that series See also Buffy the Vampire Slayer (disambiguation) The Buffy EP, 1999 EP... Rockell (born Rachel Alexandra Mercaldo on March 4, 1977 in Long Island, New York) is a Freestyle music, Pop and Hi-NRG/Dance artist. ... One Voice was the eighth studio album by singer and songwriter Barry Manilow. ... Binomial name Lytta vesicatoria Linnaeus, 1758 The Spanish fly is an emerald-green beetle Lytta vesicatoria, (from Greek lytta = rage and Latin vesica = blister) in the family Meloidae. ...


Freestyle as a pop-crossover genre

By 1989, Freestyle was at its peak as an underground genre. Around this time, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, one of the first Latino freestyle acts to get behind the microphone, began to make it big on the freestyle scene. Their records were produced by Full Force, who also made UTFO's music and even once worked together with James Brown. The music of Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam was less electro and more pop, and that was also probably the reason why groups such as Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam,Safire, TKA, Sweet Sensation and especially the Cover Girls were able to crossover into the pop market at the end of the 1980s. Lisa Lisa (born Lisa Velez on January 15, 1967) and her band Cult Jam were one of the original American latin freestyle groups of the 1980s. ... Full Force is a group of R&B and hip hop performers and producers from Brooklyn, New York, calling themselves the original hip hop vocal band. // B-Fine (Brian George) - drums and drum programming Shy Shy (Junior Clark) - bass guitar Paul Anthony (Paul Anthony George) - vocals Bowlegged Lou (Lucien George... UTFO (which stands for Untouchable Force Organization) was a rap group from the 80s. ... James Brown, known variously as: Soul Brother Number One, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. ... Lisa Lisa (born Lisa Velez on January 15, 1967) and her band Cult Jam were one of the original American latin freestyle groups of the 1980s. ... Lisa Lisa (born Lisa Velez on January 15, 1967) and her band Cult Jam were one of the original American latin freestyle groups of the 1980s. ... TKA is a Freestyle/Dance-pop trio prominent in the 1980s and early 1990s, mainly in Freestyle hotbeds such as New York City and Miami, Florida. ... Sweet Sensation is the name of a female dance music trio from the Bronx New York who specialized in freestyle. ... The Cover Girls were a New York City-based Latin freestyle pop trio, the brainchild of music promoter Sal Abbatiello. ...


Soon thereafter, however, freestyle was seemingly swallowed up by the mainstream pop industry: MC Hammer, Paula Abdul, Bobby Brown, New Kids on the Block and Milli Vanilli had definite freestyle influences, with their hip hop beats and electro samples, but were undoubtedly a new pop-mainstream form of the underground dance music of the 1980s, repackaged with catchier tunes, slicker production and MTV-friendly videos. An exception to this was Linear with their cross over hit “Sending all My Love”. The reason to this exception is that Tolga Katas, inspired by Milli Vanilli commercial success, incorporated their sound with his own which resulted in a top ten hit that definitely benefited from the groups MTV – friendly video. Along with this pop appropriation of the genre and the success of these artists, not only on crossover stations but R&B stations as well, freestyle ceased to be as important as an underground genre, giving way to newer genres, such as Gangsta rap and new forms of Dance music coming from Europe, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Detroit, such as various styles of House, Trance and Rave, which seemed younger, fresher and newer than their freestyle influences. MC Hammer (born Stanley Kirk Burrell on March 30, 1962) is an American MC who was popular during the late 1980s and early 1990s, known for his dramatic rise to and fall from fame and fortune, his trademark Hammer pants, and for leaving a lasting influence on hip hop culture... Paula Julie Abdul (born June 19, 1962) is an American multi-platinum selling Grammy Award-winning singer, dancer, television personality, jewelry designer, and Emmy Award-winning choreographer. ... This article is about the R&B singer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Milli Vanilli (milli is a word meaning national in Turkish, picked up by the artists while visiting Turkey on one of its national days) was a duo, Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus, formed in Germany in the mid-1980s. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... For the Ice T album, see Gangsta Rap (album). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... This article is about the state. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City 234. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... House music is a style of electronic dance music that was developed by dance club DJs in Chicago in the early to mid-1980s. ... Trance is a style of electronic music that developed in the 1990s. ... For other uses, see Rave (disambiguation). ...


The Freestyle Comeback

Freestyle, staying largely an underground genre with still a sizeable following in New York, has seen a recognizable comeback in the cities the music once dominated. In Miami, a Latin radio station shoved aside their Reggaeton music blocks to make room for Freestyle playlists. A summer 2006 Madison Square Garden concert showcasing Freestyle's greatest performers went very well-received, and new Freestyle being released appears to be well-taken by longtime Freestyle enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Black Eyed Peas often use Freestyle lyrics, and Miami rapper Pitbull collaborated with Miami Freestyle artist Stevie B to create an updated version of Stevie B's 1988 hit "Spring Love." Reggaeton (also spelled Reggaetón, and known as Reguetón and Reggaetón in Spanish) is a form of urban music which became popular with Latin American (or Latino) youth during the early 1990s and spread over the course of 10 years to North American, European, Asian, and Australian audiences. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... This article is about the American hip hop group. ... Armando Christian Pérez (born 14 January 1981, in Miami, Florida) better known by his stage name Pitbull, or his other nicknames, Lil Chico or Mr. ... Stevie B had several dance hits in the late 80s that helped him rise to fame. ...


Additional influences

Although it's not been mentioned, glam rock was a big influence on Miami Freestyle. For example, Exposé's extended club mix of "Let Me Be The One" had their original song extended by adding the instrumental intro to Gary Glitter's "Baby, Please Don't Go." It appears to have been merely added, not copied.It was an extended intro, so they didn't even have to lengthen it. The sort of glammy-funk that got called "disco" in the early days such as Hello's "New York Groove", and had proceeded from the original glam, was also an influence. That had a basic four on the floor thump plus a basic son clavé "shave and a haircut" going through the entire song. The drum-based hits of the late Cozy Powell such as "Dance With The Devil" and "NaNaNa" also were somewhat influential. Paul Francis Gadd aka Gary Glitter (born May 8, 1944) is a platinum selling English rock and pop singer and songwriter who had a string of chart successes with a collection of 1970s glam rock hits including Rock and Roll parts 1 & 2, I Love You Love Me Love, I... For other uses, see Son (disambiguation). ...


References

  • The History of Freestyle on Joey Gardner's Homepage (respected authority on Freestyle House)
  • 100 Greatest Freestyle Songs
  • Peter Shapiro, ed. Modulations: A History of Electronic Music. Caipirinha Productions: 2000.
  • [1] a professional look at freestyle music history

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