FACT: EDM Would Have Never Existed Without Freestyle Music

Freestyle music birthed '80s and '90s Latino music stars like Lisa Lisa, TKA, and The Cover Girls. But, at a closer listen, it's easy to see the direct line between freestyle and modern day EDM. This video analyzes the similarities with its synthesized vocals and thumping beats. 

MORE: The 30 Greatest Freestyle Songs Ever!

Watch above and comment below. Plus, if you're in New York City on February 10th be sure to check out the Freestyle Extravaganza at Radio City Music Hall featuring legends Stevie B, Lisa Lisa, TKA, Judy Torres, Lisette Melendez and more!

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Jesus Trivino,

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jesús Triviño Alarcón began his professional journalism career at Vibe. At 25, he became editor-in-chief of Fuego, the first national English language Latino men’s magazine, and served as senior editor for Scratch, a magazine dedicated to hip-hop producers and DJs. Since then he has guided the editorial direction for MyNuvoTV.com, the online component of the Latino lifestyle cable network, and BET.com's music shows and specials including 106 & Park. Additionally, he has written and reported for the NY Daily News, SLAM, The Source, XXL, Inked, SOHH.com, People.com, Essence.com, and many more. In his 16-year career he’s interviewed countless celebrities including Bruno Mars, Carmelo Anthony, Demi Lovato, Marc Anthony, Rosario Dawson, Willie Colón, Jay-Z, Nas, Jessica Alba, John Leguizamo, 50 Cent, Kanye West, among others. Today, as Latina’s Entertainment Director he’s constantly thinking WWJD—What Would Juanes Do? Follow him on Instagram @JesusTalks and Twitter @JesusTalkz.

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