Home      Discussion      Topics      Dictionary      Almanac
Signup       Login
Ghetto house

Ghetto house

Ask a question about 'Ghetto house'
Start a new discussion about 'Ghetto house'
Answer questions from other users
Full Discussion Forum
Ghetto house, or booty house, is a type of Chicago House
Chicago house
Chicago house is a style of house music, a genre of electronic dance music which emerged in Chicago in the mid-1980s. Stylistically, Chicago house has no widely accepted definition, but generally includes the first house music productions by Chicago-based artists throughout the 1980s, and any later...

 which started being recognised in its own right from around 1992
1992 in music
This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1992.-January–February:*January 11**Nirvana's Nevermind album goes to #1 in the US Billboard 200 chart, establishing the widespread popularity of the Grunge movement of the 1990s....

 onwards. It features minimal 808
Roland TR-808
The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer was one of the first programmable drum machines . Introduced by the Roland Corporation in early 1980, it was originally manufactured for use as a tool for studio musicians to create demos. Like earlier Roland drum machines, it does not sound very much like a real...

 and 909
Roland TR-909
The Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer is a partially analog, partially sample-based drum machine built by the Japanese Roland Corporation in 1983. The brainchild of Tadao Kikumoto, the engineer behind the Roland TB-303, it features a 16-step step sequencer and a drum kit that aimed for realism and...

 drum machine
Drum machine
A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums or other percussion instruments. They are used in a variety of musical genres, not just purely electronic music...

-driven tracks, and sometimes sexually explicit lyrics
Lyrics are a set of words that make up a song. The writer of lyrics is a lyricist or lyrist. The meaning of lyrics can either be explicit or implicit. Some lyrics are abstract, almost unintelligible, and, in such cases, their explication emphasizes form, articulation, meter, and symmetry of...


Using the template of classic Chicago House music
House music
House music is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in Chicago, Illinois, United States in the early 1980s. It was initially popularized in mid-1980s discothèques catering to the African-American, Latino American, and gay communities; first in Chicago circa 1984, then in other...

 (primarily, Percolator by Cajmere), and adding the sexual lyrics perceived by casual fans of Miami Bass
Miami bass
Miami bass , is a type of hip hop music, that became popular in the 1980s and 1990s. Its roots are directly linked to the Electro-funk sound of the early 1980s, pioneered by Afrika Bambataa & The Soulsonic Force and later on by UK-based musician Paul Hardcastle...

, it has usually been made on very minimal equipment
Electronic musical instrument
An electronic musical instrument is a musical instrument that produces its sounds using electronics. Such an instrument sounds by outputting an electrical audio signal that ultimately drives a loudspeaker....

 with little or no effect
Sound effect
For the album by The Jam, see Sound Affects.Sound effects or audio effects are artificially created or enhanced sounds, or sound processes used to emphasize artistic or other content of films, television shows, live performance, animation, video games, music, or other media...

s. It usually features a "4-to-the-floor
Four to the floor
Four-on-the-floor is a rhythm pattern used in disco and electronic dance music. It is a steady, uniformly accented beat in 4/4 time in which the bass drum is hit on every beat in common time...

" kick drum (full sounding, but not too long or distorted) along with Roland
Roland Corporation
is a Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, electronic equipment and software. It was founded by Ikutaro Kakehashi in Osaka on April 18, 1972, with ¥33 million in capital. In 2005 Roland's headquarters relocated to Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture. Today it has factories in Japan,...

 808 and 909
Roland TR-909
The Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer is a partially analog, partially sample-based drum machine built by the Japanese Roland Corporation in 1983. The brainchild of Tadao Kikumoto, the engineer behind the Roland TB-303, it features a 16-step step sequencer and a drum kit that aimed for realism and...

A synthesizer is an electronic instrument capable of producing sounds by generating electrical signals of different frequencies. These electrical signals are played through a loudspeaker or set of headphones...

Tom-tom drum
A tom-tom drum is a cylindrical drum with no snare.Although "tom-tom" is the British term for a child's toy drum, the name came originally from the Anglo-Indian and Sinhala; the tom-tom itself comes from Asian or Native American cultures...

Sound is a mechanical wave that is an oscillation of pressure transmitted through a solid, liquid, or gas, composed of frequencies within the range of hearing and of a level sufficiently strong to be heard, or the sensation stimulated in organs of hearing by such vibrations.-Propagation of...

s, minimal use of analogue synths
Analog synthesizer
An analog or analogue synthesizer is a synthesizer that uses analog circuits and analog computer techniques to generate sound electronically. The earliest analog synthesizers in the 1920s and 1930s such as the Trautonium were built with a variety of vacuum-tube and electro-mechanical technologies...

, and short, slightly dirty sounding (both sonically and lyrically) vocals
Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, and augments regular speech by the use of both tonality and rhythm. One who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music known as songs that can be sung either with or without accompaniment by musical instruments...

Sampling (music)
In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a different sound recording of a song or piece. Sampling was originally developed by experimental musicians working with musique concrète and electroacoustic music, who physically...

s, often repeated in various ways. Also common are 808 and 909 clap sounds, and full "rapped
Rapping refers to "spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics". The art form can be broken down into different components, as in the book How to Rap where it is separated into “content”, “flow” , and “delivery”...

" verses and chorus
A refrain is the line or lines that are repeated in music or in verse; the "chorus" of a song...


Chicago Juke

The 2000's have also seen a rise in Chicago Juke, a faster variant of Ghetto House. Chicago Juke is defined as around 150-160 BPMs with bass drums usually in a One-And-Two A-And-Four style pattern and a lo-fi production style like Baile Funk
Funk carioca
Funk carioca , favela funk and, elsewhere in the world, baile funk, is a type of dance music from Rio de Janeiro, derived from Miami bass....

. Chicago Juke is accompanied by Footwork
Footwork (Chicago)
Footwork is a style of related music and street dance that originated in the American city of Chicago. The dance involves fast movement of the feet with accompanying twists and turns, and usually takes place as part of a "battle". The music style has evolved from an earlier musical style, juke, a...

, born in the disparate ghettos and back alley nightspots of Chicago and living hand in hand with juke music, footwork is one of the last untapped (and resultantly, unfiltered) hood dance music styles in the world. Footwork is a controlled and complex moving of the feet at high speeds, a modern form of Breakdancing. Chicago Juke artists like Dude 'n Nem and Starfoxxx (Chicago remix trio) have helped bring Chicago Juke into the mainstream of Club dance music.

Juke and Europe

Juke/Footwork has been popular in the clubs of Europe particularly in Paris and Brussels for a number of years with the Booty Call club nights and artist such as Kill Frenzy and DJ Hilti putting out releases via the Juke Trax label. It has however only recently begun to flourish in UK clubs, thanks to the "Bangs and Works Volume 1" compilation on the Planet Mu
Planet Mu
Planet Mu is an electronic music record label run by Mike Paradinas . It was based in Worcester until March 2007, then moved to London and has recently relocated to Broadstairs, Kent...

 label from London, the label is owned by Mike Paradinas
Mike Paradinas
Michael Paradinas , who works primarily under the name μ-Ziq in addition to a large number of aliases, is a British musician in the field of electronic music.-History:...

 (also known as µ-Ziq). Though earlier releases by DJ Slugo can be found on UK label WIDE, Planet Mu were the first to grab any media attention.

Various artists evolving around what is often labeled by various subcultural medias as the deeper or rather avant-garde sub-sonorities of dubstep music, have started to integrate juke elements to their works in the last few years, perhaps subsequently to the recent bloom of juke music in Europe. Labels such as Swamp81 and artists such as Addison Groove and Ramadanman ( the latter two who can both be quoted as producers known for their work throughout the dubstep genre ) have have started to incorporate idiosyncratic elements of juke and ghetto house to their recent productions.

External links