From the early 1980s to the early 1990s, long before Kanye showed mofos how to be heartbroken and heroic at the same time with his classic 2008 album 808s and Heartbreak
, freestyle music brought slick love sickness to the masses. Super popular in urban areas across the country, San Anto absolutely included, freestyle tracks were saccharine electronic joints with knockin’ percussion and swelling synths.
Of course, despite having fallen from mainstream popularity rather quickly, the style still exists and there’s new freestyle music being made, but it’s the genre’s originators that still enjoy cult followings. Are you among those freestyle devotees in 2018?
Whether you answer that question in the affirmative or the above descriptions have made you curious, this weekend’s Freestyle Explosion is the place to be. While there are 10 artists on this stacked bill, we are most looking forward to Stevie B, a genuine and longtime star of the freestyle world who enjoys a sizable local following, Lisa Lisa, who rose to popularity through the New York freestyle scene with her group Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, and Taylor Dayne (pictured), whose 1988 album Tell It to My Heart
is one of the seminal statements of freestyle music.
$39.50-$62.50, Sat Jun 2, 7:30pm, Alamodome, Illusions Theater, 100 Montana St., (210) 207-3663, ticketmaster.com.
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