Sequal
The Best of Stevie B
Greatest Hits [Warlock]
TKA

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Often growing in tandem with contemporary styles like electro and house, Freestyle emerged in the twin Latin capitals of New York City and Miami during the early '80s. Freestyle classics like "I Wonder If I Take You Home" by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, "Let the Music Play" by Shannon, and "Party Your Body" by Stevie B relied on angular, synthesized beats similar to electro and early house, but also emphasized the romantic themes of classic R&B and disco. The fusion of mechanical and sensual proved ready for crossover during the period, and both Shannon and Lisa Lisa hit the Top 40 during 1984-85. Freestyle also dovetailed nicely with the rise of dance pop during the mid-'80s -- Madonna's early producer and remixer, John Benitez (aka Jellybean), was also active in the freestyle community. By the end of the decade, a number of artists -- Exposé, Brenda K. Starr, Trinere, the Cover Girls, India, and Stevie B -- followed them into the pop or R&B charts. Even after popular success waned in the late '80s, though, freestyle moved to the underground as a vital stream of modern dance music alongside house, techno, and bass music. Similar to mainstream house, freestyle artists are usually (though by no means exclusively) either female vocalists or male producers. Newer figures like Lil Suzy, George Lamond, Angelique, Johnny O, and others became big stars in the freestyle community.

Freestyle Artists Highlights

Sequal
Sequal
TKA
TKA
Judy Torres
Judy Torres
Bad Boys Blue
Bad Boys Blue
Exposé
Exposé
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

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Freestyle Album Highlights

The Best of Stevie B
Stevie B
The Best of Stevie B
Greatest Hits [Warlock]
The Cover Girls
Greatest Hits [Warlock]
Greatest Hits
Exposé
Greatest Hits
Freestyle: Then & Now
Stevie B
Freestyle: Then & Now
The Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
Stevie B
The Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
Greatest Hits
TKA
Greatest Hits

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Freestyle Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Because I Love You (The Postman Song) Steve B.
My Heart Skips a Beat The Cover Girls
Point of No Return Exposé
Because I Love You Stevie B
Tears May Fall TKA
Funk Boutique The Cover Girls
Because of You The Cover Girls
That Boy of Mine The Cover Girls
Hi de Ho K7
Bad of the Heart George Lamond

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