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Freestyle or Latin Freestyle, also called Latin Hip Hop in its early years, is a form of electronic music that is heavily influenced by Hispanic culture. Performers such as, Safire, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, TKA, George Lamond, and Expose are direct products of this movement. Freestyle was originated as a dance in the urban scene of New York by the late 70's. It continues to be produced today and enjoys some degree of popularity, especially in urban Latino and Italian American population centers. Another popular modern genre, Florida breaks, evolved from this sound.

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 break dancing. 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. Freestyle music based on house rather than electro is sometimes referred to as Freestyle-House.