Photo by Jacob Katel Carol City's Big Ben and Garfield Baker at a Optimist Football Game.
Carol City, Miami, Florida, is the home of freestyle music. And a group called Freestyle originated the name, the sound, and was the first musical act from the area to make national and international hit records.
You may not recognize the name Garfield Baker, but he's the pen behind such hits as "Don't Stop the Rock," "It's Automatic," "Lookout Weekend," "When I Hear Music," and "I'll Be All You Ever Need" by Freestyle, Debbie Deb, and Trinere.
He remembers a time when money was so plentiful that "we had pitbull contests, where two girls would 69 each other by the pool, and the first one to make the other one nut got $1,000." Here's what he has to say about how he got started in the music business.More »