Back in the ’80s, I became aware of a kind of music called “Latin hip- hop,” even though it wasn’t hip-hop.
It was electronic dance music with melodramatic singing... in the style of “I.O.U.” and “Let the Music Play.”
I bought a few of the 12-inches, including two by Judy Torres. Soon, I wasn’t hearing about Latin hip-hop anymore.
Recently I discovered that this music is now called “freestyle” (or “Latin freestyle”) and it still has fans. Artists such as Ms. Torres (the “Queen of Freestyle”) are out there singing their old hits.
The Latinos seem to dig it. So I’m spinning this one for Hispanic Heritage Month.