There are several stories about exactly how Freestyle got its name but you’re going to instantly know this sound when you hear it. Electronic drums (TR-808 drum machine to be exact), a robotic yet funky bass line, and some the most questionable singing in pop music make up the very best of the genre.
Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” sparked this underground genre that grew in the Latino communities of New York City in the early 80s. From there, an artist named Shannon got with producer Chris Barbosa and cut a record called “Let the Music Play” in ’83. And the rest is history.
Accepted Eclectic’s DJ Amerriica brings you a special podcast dedicated to the lost art of Latin Freestyle. Whether you were clubbing in the 80′s, or grew up in Miami, New York, the Bay Area (like me), but especially if you are Latino or Filipino, you will appreciate this musical trip down memory lane.