Growing Up On Freestyle Music

Freestyle or Latin Freestyle, also called Latin Hip Hop in its early years, is a form of electronic dance music that emerged in the early 1980s. Mostly popular during the mid-to-late 80's, its following declined as it was displaced by house music. It continues to be produced today and enjoys some degree of popularity, especially in urban Hispanic and Italian communities, as it did when it first came on to the scene.[1] Another popular modern dance music genre, Florida breaks, evolved from this sound


The music first developed primarily in the Latino communities of New York City in the early 1980s. Initially, it was a fusion of synthetic instrumentation and syncopated percussion of 1980s electro, as favored by fans of breakdancing. It was also influenced by sampling, as found in hip hop music. Key influences include Soul Sonic Force's "Planet Rock" (1982) and Shannon's "Let the Music Play", which was a Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit in early 1984.[2] Several Freestyle songs were in the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1987, including "Come Go with Me" by Expos