Freestyle

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This group co-wrote and recorded "Don't Stop The Rock" and "It's Automatic" for the Music Specialists label working alongside producer/engineer "Pretty" Tony Butler.
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GLX 20178-2, CD 20178-2 Freestyle — Freestyle Freestyle Freestyle (Album) Pandisc GLX 20178-2, CD 20178-2 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

MSI 102-A Freestyle Express — Freestyle Freestyle Freestyle Express Music Specialists MSI 102-A US 1983 Sell This Version
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LP-101 Summer Delight — Freestyle Free Style* Summer Delight(12") Music Specialists LP-101 US 1983 Sell This Version
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MSI 107 Are You Lost? — Freestyle Freestyle Are You Lost? Music Specialists MSI 107 US 1984 Sell This Version
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MSI-108 The Party Has Begun — Freestyle Freestyle The Party Has Begun (Single) Music Specialists MSI-108 US 1984 Sell This Version
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MSI 105 Fly Freestyle — Freestyle Freestyle Fly Freestyle(12") Music Specialists Incorporated MSI 105 US 1984 Sell This Version
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MSI-111 Don't Stop The Rock — Freestyle Freestyle Don't Stop The Rock (Maxi) Music Specialists MSI-111 US 1985 Sell This Version
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MSI 114-7 It's Automatic — Freestyle Freestyle It's Automatic Music Specialists MSI 114-7 US 1986 Sell This Version
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JBXD 015 Party Has Begun / It's Automatic — Freestyle Freestyle Party Has Begun / It's Automatic(12") Blackout, Jam Packed JBXD 015 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
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PD-050 In Your Face — Freestyle Freestyle In Your Face (Single, Maxi) Pandisc PD-050 US 1989 Sell This Version
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12INTX004 This Is Love — Freestyle Freestyle This Is Love(12", Promo) Intown Records 12INTX004 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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HAL2299 It's Automatic / Don't Stop The Rock — Freestyle Freestyle It's Automatic / Don't Stop The Rock Jam Packed, Hot Classics HAL2299 US 1997 Sell This Version
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PD 186-1 Don't Stop The Rock: The Millennium Mixes — Freestyle Freestyle 2000* Don't Stop The Rock: The Millennium Mixes Pandisc PD 186-1 US 1998 Sell This Version
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PD 188 Don't Stop The Rock: The Millennium Mixes — Freestyle Freestyle 2000* Don't Stop The Rock: The Millennium Mixes Pandisc PD 188 US 2000 Sell This Version
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none The Realist G — Freestyle Freestyle The Realist G(CD, Single) Not on label none US 2001 Sell This Version
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TT-103 Let Me See You Dance / Don't Stop The Rock (Remix) — Freestyle 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
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none It's Automatic (Code Rising Manual Override Remix) — Freestyle Freestyle It's Automatic (Code Rising Manual Override Remix)(File, MP3, Single, 320) Not On Label (Freestyle Self-released) none US 2012
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none Invade The Party (The Invasion EP) — Freestyle Freestyle Invade The Party (The Invasion EP) (EP) Debonaire Records none US 2009 Sell This Version
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Compilations

HTCD 66149-2 Don't Stop The Rock — Freestyle Freestyle Don't Stop The Rock (Comp) Jam Packed, Hot Productions HTCD 66149-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
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PD 8928-2 Don't Stop The Rock: The Millennium Mixes — Freestyle Freestyle 2000* Don't Stop The Rock: The Millennium Mixes (Comp) Pandisc PD 8928-2 US 1999 Sell This Version

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mjb

mjb

December 4, 2013
edited over 8 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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