- 7 years ago
Playing tracks by
Wish feat. Fonda Rae, Break Machine, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam , The Flirts, Denise Lopez and more.
I cannot believe how long it took me to get around to this one. I guess the timing is a little weird now (in light of a recent bit of Twitter drama wherein some clueless kids apparently hated on Diplo because "only Latinos and gay people are allowed to play Freestyle").
Anyway, Freestyle was a genre of dance music that evolved out of the Latino communities in New York and Miami in the 1980s. But first, some backstory:
Part of the reason why disco did so well in New York was that it appealed to African-Americans, Italian-Americans, and Latinos. This meant that during the heyday of disco, a radio station could lock down all three of these huge demographics--something that you'd be hard-pressed to do today. Anyway, after the "death" of disco, stations had to pick which of these audiences they wanted to retain. A lot of New York stations...
(full article at http://yearofmixtapes.blogspot.com)