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Baltimore Club (sometimes referred to as "club music") is a hip-hop inspired/influenced breakbeat sub-genre that draws some styles from house music as well. One of the more unique features of club music is the use of staccato. Staccato is typically indicated by a small dot above or below the written note. This type of musical articulation calls for a sudden stop between each note, depending on which ones have this attribute. This can also be compared to a "chopped up" sound.
Being a big influence on this genre, hip-hop qualities are quite apparent. The music will generally have rapping vocals and hip-hop style percussion. The syncopated rhythm style is obvious, like with all breakbeat genres. Its relatively average when it comes to tempo, being around 120-140 generally, and will have a somewhat unusual time signature of 8/4.
Another defining characteristic of club music is the use of "call and response" patterns. Where a "call," or section of music (typically vocals), will be played, followed by the "response," another section of music that may be either instrumental or another musician's vocals, communicating back. These "call and response" patterns may feature vocals or voices from television shows as well, to use in the music.
This style of music first appeared in, you guessed it, Baltimore. More specifically, Baltimore, Maryland, a state in the United States. It emerged in the late 1980s and found a little mainstream popularity at that time, only in its place of origin however. During the 1990s, its popularity grew in its birth place and a few other locations. By the 2000s, however, it would gain popularity in many parts of the United States and even some worldwide fame.
There are groups of people dedicated to this genre of music, primarily in New Jersey. As of recent times, this genre has gained more popularity, and in the mid-2000s, a popular magazine featured club music, further developing and increasing its audience range. It continues to thrive in the record stores and at nightclubs alike, where it was first made public.
Average Beats Per Minute: 120-140
Where It Originated: Baltimore, Maryland
Stylistically Similar To: Hip-Hop, Breakbeat, House
Year Developed: Late 1980s
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