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!