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    I actually own the Trinere and friends C.D. It has Debbie Deb and Freestyle as her "Friends" It's a great C.D. for old school fans.

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    Thanks for explaining what the term "freestyle" meant. I just always refered to that music as dance music.

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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Iluv80s:
    Thanks for explaining what the term "freestyle" meant. I just always refered to that music as dance music.</font>
    Yeah, me, too! There was a club I went to that played Freestyle every Friday night! Great to move to!



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    Ya'll forgot to mention Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam & India. They were some of the early pioneers of NY Freestyle. The "freestyle" of today (what exists of it) is NOT a good example. In fact, around 90-91 is when things started to change. Freestyle's greatest moments were from 85-90. Check out Tommy Boy's "Greatest Beats" collection. Some good stuff on there.

    By the way, anyone know what's up with Lisa Lisa? I know she's on some Nickelodeon show, but is she still recording?

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    Welcome aboard, Rogue588! I see I have another Freestyle lover to talk to! Great! There aren't many here. I know what you mean about the early 90s being the last of real Freestyle. I can never consider all the Tazmania and Metropolitan 'real' Freestyle. It seems so fake an unemotional - although there are a few good songs on them. The last of the good times were songs like Together Forever (Lizette Melendez), Temptation (Corina? I forget), If You Want Me (Suave), Dance With Me (Tony Moran), The Question (Noel) - you know... That last stage...

    I miss that music and those times so much. Freaking Hot 97 changed everything in New York. to Crap!

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    Hey Sal.

    What you said about Tazmania is true. But, believe it or not that stuff used to SELL. Ugh. Lisette, Corina & Noel were the bomb. Most definitely. And RIP WQHT 103.5. I remember living in Ansonia, CT trying to get their signal one night. I had 7 milk crates, 2 cardboard boxes, and a TON of my grandmothers aluminum foil all piled up in the middle of the room trying to get the station in one night. <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> (the radio was on TOP lol)


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    Oh yeah...Angie Martinez might me kinda cute, but that whole "GHETTO" speech thing she has going on when she's DJing has GOT to go. It seems the MORE unintelligent you talk, the more "ghetto/street" you are. UGH. See? Now you got me started on the lovely HOT97. <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
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    Wow! It is great to see freestyle music enthusiasts on this site. Freestyle although no longer prominent in the US is huge in Canada and Europe (mostly in Germany). It has many new subgenres with artists that have achieved major radio play. The style is back and alive!

    The Basic Freestyle formula is: bass back beats, melodic synths, violin riffs, repetitive samples and love lyrics all around.

    OLD SCHOOL: Mimicks the sound of the 80's even though they are fresh new releases. Hot Artists with current pressings include Rockell, Cynthia, George Lamond, Elissa, Joee, Free System, The Officer & Elios, Five Of Ten,Adam Marano, The Underdog Project, Stevie B. (new stuff!),Collage, more...

    Breakbeat: Same basic freestyle formula, although modernized without emphasis on love lyrics. This style uses computer sounding vocoders in many elements of its tracks. They would also use New artists with such sound include Robin Fox, Pandera, Sonique (who had worlwide airplay with freestyle hits "It Feels so good" and "Sky", etc.

    Drum'n'Bass: While keeping the basic old school formula, this sub-genre of freestyle adds planet rock elements (afrika bambataa, breakdancing samples and rap. Emphasis on drums and bass with a rapid electronica pitched back beat. Artists that have distiguished themselves in this sound include Flying Steps (currently Top 10 in Europe with their hit "breakin' it down" ), Dune, Music Instructor and Boomfunk MC's, whose recent hit "Freestyler (Rock da microphone)" is a major club anthem of the year 2000 in Canada.

    Electro: Mostly mainstream in Europe, Germans have used the basic freestyle formula of the 80's and added synth sounds normally used in high energy club sounds. At times, they uses the same bass back beat cue which is redudant and annoying to an untrained ear, but then again this is no different for all freestyle songs as they all have the same basic formula.

    2 step/ UK Garage: An intake on the freestyle genre although removing the old school elements of the violin riffs and heavy bass back beat. They are replaced by a lighter hip hop beat (where the 2 step name came from) and ambient style electronica. Lyrics do not focus on love or dancing and a lot of the tracks are instrumental or combine vocals and DJ sampling.

    Most new freestyle singles have different mixes to appeal to all its sub-genre fans. You will often find electro, break beat, old skool, 2 step mixes on most of them. Although there are many freestyle cds released on compilation by major labels nowadays, a great one with all these subgenre is pressed in Canada and called "freestyle heaven vol. 3" on SPG/Universal Canada.

    As you can see, freestyle is well alive and kicking with it snew 21st century sounds. What started out as latin hip hop in the 80's and went undeground is now a huge rising musical movement. Even Stevie B. (dubbed the king of freestyle with 80's hits like "spring love" is enjoying a flourishing carrer in germany these days. In case you are out there shopping for music, here are the latest freestyle sounds that are hot in Canada. As you can see from the list, a lot of the artists are branded with major label pressings.

    CURRENT FREESTYLE PLAYLIST FOR JUNE 2001:

    01 Fragma- Everytime You Need Me (DJ Drop Freestyle Remix)
    02 Alice Deejay - House is For Real (12")
    03 Free System - This Love is not right 4 u
    04 Barcode Brothers - Heartbeat
    05 Wyclef Jean - Perfect Gentleman (socca and freestyle beats merge!)
    06 Flying Steps- Breakin' it Down (remember breakdancing?"
    07 Pandera - Night & Day (Freestyle Project Remix) "electro at its best!"
    08 Science - Masquerade
    09 Sharyn Maceren- One and One
    10 Adam Marano Feat. Alicia - Love Me Now
    11 The Underdog Project - I Can't Handle It (This Canadian act sold 2 million copies of their debut album in Germany with mega hits "Summer Jam" and "Tonite")
    12 Freda - Dreaming Of Tonight (From the Hit new canadian cd "freestyle heaven vol.3").


    And there are a ton more, enjoy 21st century "new" freestyle in all its forms.

    Cheers!

    Gino Baggio

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    Don't forget Stevie B..with songs like Spring Love and Party Your Body from '87. Very cool music, I love freestyle!
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    ha always sid that Stevie B is one of the most underated artists. His music is great and what a voice!

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