Listen: The 30 Greatest Freestyle Songs Ever!

Oh, freestyle music, you’re like the telenovelas of music—overdramatic and full of hopeless romantics. Did we mention overdramatic? Freestyle music was born out of New York City Latinos’ frustration from being excluded, by the mainstream media, as the co-creators of hip-hop. So they created their own style of Latin music: freestyle. It was the first genre of English language music to produce multiple U.S. born Latino stars—Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, TKA, The Cover Girls, and George Lamond, just to name a few. Now, either if your big sisters bought freestyle vinyl records in the 1980s or if you discovered freestyle on iHeartRadio—here’s the perfect playlist for you. Cue the big hair, somber looks, and pursed lips!

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Jesus Trivino,

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jesús Triviño Alarcón began his professional journalism career at Vibe. At 25, he became editor-in-chief of Fuego, the first national English language Latino men’s magazine, and served as senior editor for Scratch, a magazine dedicated to hip-hop producers and DJs. Since then he has guided the editorial direction for, the online component of the Latino lifestyle cable network, and's music shows and specials including 106 & Park. Additionally, he has written and reported for the NY Daily News, SLAM, The Source, XXL, Inked,,,, and many more. In his 16-year career he’s interviewed countless celebrities including Bruno Mars, Carmelo Anthony, Demi Lovato, Marc Anthony, Rosario Dawson, Willie Colón, Jay-Z, Nas, Jessica Alba, John Leguizamo, 50 Cent, Kanye West, among others. Today, as Latina’s Entertainment Director he’s constantly thinking WWJD—What Would Juanes Do? Follow him on Instagram @JesusTalks and Twitter @JesusTalkz.

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