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freestyle music

I've been listening to this style of music more and more over the past year. This is a style that was underground in the mid 80's, then started going mainstream in the late 80's and early 90's. I used to listen to it a lot on the radio around 89-92 but I never really knew the names of any of the artists that produce the music. Now I'm getting back into it and I'm starting to learn some of the history behind it and who the big names are. I still have a lot to learn... but I saw one site that said Freestyle may be making a comeback, so I'm really hoping that's true. I don't know why it didn't last longer. A friend of mine in college got pretty into "Florida breaks" for a while after college (we both grew up in Florida) and I found out recently that Florida breaks grew out of Freestyle according to one website I read. I like Florida breaks as well, but not as much as Freestyle. Apparently, Freestyle started in New York and Miami simultaneously, so perhaps that's why it was so popular in Florida while I was growing up.


One of the things I never realized at the time is that it was originally rooted in the Latin American community. Although I should have guessed, as I did sort of notice there seemed to be a good fraction of Latino vocalists in the tracks. My favorite freestyle song is Debbie Deb's When I Hear Music:

When I Hear Music (her myspace page... click here and if it doesn't start automatically playing, click the green button)

Her "total plays" meter says 502950 right now. I guarantee at least 100 of them have been due to me over the past year :)

Another of my favorites is Lil Suzy's "Take Me In Your Arms":

Lil Suzy - Take Me In Your Arms

Another Lil Suzy song with a whole bunch of freestyle album covers featured in the video:

A mix of a bunch of stuff (this is what the radio stations loved to do, make "freestyle mixes" that mix all of them together, but usually with more time between transitions):

Other favorites of mine are lots of stuff by the Cover Girls and Shannon. There are still several songs that I have in my head and I've been trying to find, but I don't know who they're by. One of them I've been looking for for almost a year goes "They're bringing us on, don't you hear the news? They're bringing us on..." If anyone happens to know who that's by, I'd appreciate it. Lyric searches haven't turned anything up so it's possible I'm hearing it wrong.


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Jan. 21st, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Freestyle Never Really left

I am the primary booking agent still specializing in Freestyle. You are right, it is making a huge come back to mainstream, but it never really left. Check out sites like FreestyleBlast.com, FreestyleBlogs.com, La-Entertainment.com and of course the very popular LaRadioLive.com "Freestyle's #1 i-Radio Station" Thanks so much for acknowledging this amazing form of music... By the way, I am the manager, for Lil' Suzy, Angel "The Original CoverGirl" and S.A.L. feat Lisette Melendez.

Take care

Latif Mercado
Jan. 21st, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Freestyle Never Really left
Wow, thanks for responding. (This is why I <3 the internet!)

Lil' Suzy, Angel, and Lisette Melendez are all totally awesome!! I will definitely check out those sites, and go to any shows if I hear about someone touring here.

Long live freestyle!

Edited at 2008-01-21 08:20 pm (UTC)
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