Tag Archives: freestyle

NEW YORK CITY: Hip-Hop Pioneer Afrika Bambaataa Accused Of Molesting Several Young Boys

For several days New York City’s music sites have been consumed with explosive allegations of child molestation against hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa, whose 1982 global smash Planet Rock virtually created the electro and freestyle genres that dominated airwaves in the 80s and continues to influence much of current dance music. From today’s New York Daily News: Afrika Bambaataa was not ...

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#1 Twenty-Five Years Ago Today

When I saw them perform this at Uncle Charlie’s in Miami, the bartenders all wore white wigs too. At least, that’s how I remember it.

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Gloria Estefan – Miss Little Havana

After an eight year dry spell, Gloria Estefan returns with the below Neptunes-produced flashback to 80s freestyle, complete with the genre’s famously corny lyrics. Last week Estefan took some heat from activists after signing an exclusive deal with Target. Calling gay fans her “core audience,” Estefan praised Target’s efforts to right itself with the LGBT community. “I know that they ...

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80’s Flashback

Pet Shop Boys, Domino Dancing, 1988. Last night at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom, Pet Shop Boys wove this, their lone foray into freestyle, into a fantastic medley capped by a surprisingly wonderful cover of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida. (Please PSB, put that out commercially.) Domino Dancing was produced by the then-red hot Miami freestyle king Lewis Martinee, who gave us Expose’ ...

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