Freestyle was the first Latin music genre to emerge from the United States, and it was primarily driven by women.
Latin Freestyle, sometimes just called Freestyle, is a music genre that originated in New York City in the early 1980’s. It eventually found pockets of talent in major U.S. cities with large Latino/Hispanic communities outside of New York, including Los Angeles and most notably, Miami.
Freestyle was a blending of Hip-Hop, electronic dance music and pop. The sound was eventually embraced by many Black and White artists as well, but all of the original and biggest stars in the scene were all of Hispanic origin. Oddly, as the sound’s popularity started to wane on the charts by the end of the decade, many Freestyle artists switched gears and released ballads, resulting in the biggest hits of their careers.
Freestyle was a producer-driven format, not uncommon for dance records in any genre or in any decade. Most of the genre’s biggest stars are not just still alive, but still performing, and Freestyle package shows have proven to be solid money-makers for promoters, particularly in the states that spawned the initial scene.
Though there were a number of male acts associated with the Freestyle craze, the majority of these performers were women, either as solo acts or revitalizing the “Girl Group” sound for a new generation of music fans. With rare exception, all of the songs revolved around love and heartbreak, with many of the women promoting cautionary tales of shady men and asking them to step up their game beyond one night stands.
All of these tracks are presented in their original club mixes from thirty some odd years ago, which prompted the title of this particular program.
The tracks this program: Title, Year, Artist
- They’re Playing Our Song, 1987, Trinere
- Show Me, 1987, The Cover Girls
- Let Me Be The One, 1988, Sa-Fire
- Temptation, 1991, Corina
- Together Forever, 1991, Lisette Melendez
- Never Let You Go, recorded 1987/single release 1988, Sweet Sensation
- Come Go With Me (1985 original version), 1985, Expose
- I Wonder If I Take You Home, 1985, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force
- When I Hear Music, 1984, Debbie Deb
Love to you all.
Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., owner
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