FREESTYLE MUSIC History and Chart.
Freestyle music developed primarily in the Latino communities of New York City in the early 1980s. It initially was a fusion of synthetic instrumentation and syncopated percussion of 1980s electro, as favored by fans of breakdancing. Sampling, as found in hip hop music, was later incorporated. Key influences include Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force’s “Planet Rock” (1982) and Shannon’s “Let the Music Play”, the latter of which was a Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit as early as 1984.
By 1987, freestyle began getting more airplay on US pop radio stations. Songs such as “Come Go with Me” by Exposé, “Show Me” by the Cover Girls, Company B’s “Fascinated”, and “Silent Morning” by Noel brought freestyle into the mainstream. House music, based partly on disco rhythms, was by 1992 challenging the relatively upbeat, syncopated freestyle sound. In the early 1990s and into the 2000s, the electro and Latin hip hop influences of freestyle were supplanted by house music.
Freestyle or Latin freestyle is a form of dance-pop or electronic dance music that emerged in the United States in the mid-1980s. It experienced its greatest popularity from the late-1980s until the early 1990s. It continues to be produced today and enjoys some degree of popularity, especially in the urban communities where Latinos and Italian Americans are found.
Notable performers in the freestyle genre include Stevie B, Timmy T, George Lamond, TKA, Noel, Company B, Exposé, the Cover Girls, Information Society, Sa-Fire, Sweet Sensation, Shannon, Nancy Martinez, Johnny O, Coro, Lisette Melendez, Judy Torres, Rockell, and many others.