Freestyle: 80s Beats From NYC and Miami

Much of 80s club music falls into the freestyle genre, with artists such as Lisa Lisa, Debbie Deb, and Expose topping the charts. The following piece describes the genre thusly: “Written, produced and vocalled largely by second-generation Latinos, freestyle captured the imagination of young clubgoers who could finally see and hear themselves reflected in the music.” Let the music play.

Freestyle: An Oral History, 9.21.15