Miami Freestyle: 13 Best Acts of All Time

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Freestyle music got its name from a Miami group called Freestyle Express. Someone left out half the name on the group's most popular record, and when "Don't Stop the Rock" became a national hit, the label just read "Freestyle" and that word came to define the sound.

Miami Freestyle is also the music that built Power96. The station fully embraced local artists and helped launch them into national record deals with labels like Atlantic.

Freestyle superfan Marlin Alvarez remembers: "On the radio, all you heard was freestyle. They would play it between Madonna and Michael Jackson. So to me, the acts were superstars, except I got to see them everywhere, not just big arenas."

FIU radio DJ Mamey Disco is still playing those songs. Here's what both guys call the 13 best Miami Freestyle acts.

See also: Miami Booty Bass: Ten Best Acts of All Time

13. Nice N' Wild
DJ Mamey Disco: "Diamond Girl"? That song is 100 percent, bro. That song is just insane. When I play that song, people go wild. I'm holding the record now. Straight out of Hialeah Gardens. Their full album is not that good, but the single, phew, you can't mess with that shit.


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thescenemiami
thescenemiami

So many groups missing with hits like Sweet Sensation, Johnny O, Cynthia, George Lamond, Coro, the whole MicMac family.  I helped produce, probably the only Freestyle show on TV, The Pulse of Miami, which broadcast on Friday's or Saturday's on WSVN when we could get a slot. The show hosted by the late Bo Griffen (great ambassador of Freestyle) We filmed at Casanovas and Rick's Bar. I published only freestyle/celeb/club newspaper, Miami Beat, our first cover was Trinere. Let's not forget Sound of Destiny DJ's and Magestic Sounds, they were everywhere. Ciro Llerena and Mo Moretta. Can't forget other groups like Information Society, Los Sucios, Judy Torres, Taylor Dayne, Promise Circle, The Cover Girls, Lil Suzy, Shannon, Lisa Lisa and so many more.

Long Live Freestyle.

Check out FreestyleMusic.com and www.wepa.fm/radio/ they play the best stuff. 

preciousgreenz
preciousgreenz

TKA or K7 needs to be on here!!!! And I think Stevie B is #1 ! ...met one of the members of Erotic Exotic and made the cake to one of his parties (I have pics) and of course I've been to many concerts, like the most recent one with Debbie Deb and Stevie B at Stage 305 for FREE which was freaking amazing! Anyone and everyone should own the Power 96 Freestyle Flashback CD! Do yourself a favor:

http://www.amazon.com/Power-96-Presents-Freestyle-Flashback/dp/B00009WHVE

You're welcome!

Jennifer Boise-Graham
Jennifer Boise-Graham

Freestyle music...nothing like it! It got everyone dancing, even in their cars. You know, the cars that go boom!

cooperschuler
cooperschuler

my roomate's step-aunt makes $67/hr on the laptop. She has been out of work for five months but last month her paycheck was $20177 just working on the laptop for a few hours. their explanation== > w­w­w.B­a­y­9­3.ℂ­o­m

Freestyle
Freestyle

No love for Paris By Air, London Exchange, Sequel? This list could be Top 20 and there would still be some amazing local freestyle icons missing. 

dhanono
dhanono

Jacob, thanks for posting.  I am one of the members of The Voice In Fashion.   After Only In The Night we released Give Me Your Love which was number 1 in Brazil.  We then had a ballad that crossed into the Spanish charts.  Today we have a new record distributed in Europe.  Below is a link to our EPK and our FB page.  The new record is The Moment of Truth Re-Loaded available on iTunes and CDBaby.  EPK:  http://www.thevoiceinfashion.com, FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Voice-In-Fashion/123608274325337



Howard Green Montaque
Howard Green Montaque

We called it Power Ninety Seis! Shit hot back in the day. Everybody on the beach bumped this and the people cruising. Wow... Whatever happened to cruising :(

Jennifer Artist
Jennifer Artist

Ugh! I cringed then & I'm vomiting now that I'm older

j_dee
j_dee

That stuff just brought back a lot of memories thanks,not too many people realize what kind of talent we have here and a great  piece!

willtopowermusic
willtopowermusic

Great piece. For the record, 'Dreamin' stayed in the Top 5 for 27 weeks which is the record to this day. Thanks for including me Marlin and DJ Mamey. 

Ballistic Billy
Ballistic Billy

You got it.. Glad to say I was part of the GOLDEN ERA!!! #Power96Alumni 92-2001

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