Freestyle

Freestyle

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This group co-wrote and recorded some of the Biggest Hits on the Music Specialist label working along side of Producer/Engineer Pretty Tony Butler. The songs "Don't Stop The Rock" and "It's Automatic" written by Garfield Baker and Byron Smith of Freestyle are the most notable World Renown Classics. These songs have been widely rerecorded, remixed and sampled.
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Freestyle Discography

Albums

Freestyle Freestyle (Album) Pandisc Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Freestyle Don't Stop The Rock (Comp) Jam Packed, Hot Productions US 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Freestyle Freestyle Express Music Specialists US 1983 Sell This Version
LP-101 Free Style* Summer Delight(12") Music Specialists LP-101 US 1983 Sell This Version
Freestyle Are You Lost? Music Specialists US 1984 Sell This Version
Freestyle The Party Has Begun Music Specialists US 1984 Sell This Version
MSI 105 Freestyle Fly Freestyle(12") Music Specialists MSI 105 US 1984 Sell This Version
Freestyle Don't Stop The Rock (Maxi, Single) Music Specialists US 1985 Sell This Version
JBXD 015 Freestyle Party Has Begun / It's Automatic(12") Blackout, Jam Packed JBXD 015 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
Freestyle It's Automatic Music Specialists US 1986 Sell This Version
Freestyle In Your Face (Single, Maxi) Pandisc US 1989 Sell This Version
12INTX004 Freestyle This Is Love(12", Promo) Intown Records 12INTX004 UK 1991 Sell This Version
Freestyle It's Automatic / Don't Stop The Rock Jam Packed, Hot Classics US 1997 Sell This Version
Freestyle 2000* Don't Stop The Rock: The Millennium Mixes Pandisc US 1998 Sell This Version
TT-103 Kyper / Freestyle Kyper / Freestyle - Let Me See You Dance / Don't Stop The Rock (Remix)(12") X-Beat Records, Inc. TT-103 US 2004 Sell This Version
none Freestyle It's Automatic (Code Rising Manual Override Remix)(File, MP3, Single, 320) Not On Label (Freestyle) none US 2012
Freestyle Invade The Party (The Invasion EP) (EP) Debonaire Records US 2009

Compilations

PD 8928-2 Freestyle 2000* Don't Stop The Rock: The Millennium Mixes(CD, Comp) Pandisc PD 8928-2 US 1999 Sell This Version

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mjb

mjb

December 4, 2013
edited over 2 years ago
The group's name notwithstanding, I don't think Freestyle should be called a freestyle band. Strictly speaking, it's an electro-funk and proto-Miami Bass project. It does have a strong connection to the freestyle genre, though, in that its principal member, Pretty Tony Butler, used very similar backing tracks when producing some of the freestyle genre's biggest hits. "Don't Stop the Rock" even features a Latin-style lead melody and stabs.

The freestyle genre, though, consistently uses those kinds of strong melodies throughout the songs, and it has Latino singers dishing out romantic melodramas in the semi-operatic pop style of the day. Freestyle the group is much closer to pure electro-funk); it has a much more serious sound, and adheres strictly to dance-party lyrical themes. The vocals are delivered in a rap or chant style, often with heavy use of vocoders.

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