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My Year of Mixtapes Week 40: Juke

My Year of Mixtapes Week 40: Juke

My Year of Mixtapes Week 40: Juke


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Playing tracks by

Dj Rashad & Dj Gant-Man, Three 6 Mafia, R. Kelly, MAW feat India, DJ DIAMOND and more.

This week we have a mixtape of a genre very dear to my heart—Juke. It's a type of uptempo dance music from Chicago that grew out of Ghetto House, much like ghettotech from Detroit. The two scenes have a lot in common—same musical heritage, same big hit tunes, and a lot of the same dance styles (juke/jit, footwork, bob, percolator, spongebob, 40s), but actual juke & ghettotech are different in some key ways:

1. Juke is (usually) from Chicago, Ghettotech is (usually) from Detroit.
2. Juke uses a lot of tom tom drums, Ghettotech doesn't.
3. A lot of juke tracks use the bass drum as a melodic element as well as a rhythmic element, pitching it up and down to define the chord structure of the track. Ghettotech as a rule doesn't do this either.
4. Ghettotech tends to adhere either to a four-on-the-floor rhythm pattern or a Miami Bass / Booty Bass / Electro rhythm pattern. Juke is a lot more all-over-the-place.
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