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Stylistic origins Ghetto house, electro, glitch, hip hop, techno, Miami bass, drum and bass
Cultural origins Late 1990s,
Typical instruments Sequencer, turntables, sampler, drum machine, synthesiser, keyboard, personal computer
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Ghetto house
A heavy hitter of the genre, DJ Assault (to the right) with a big player in Chicago's related ghetto house scene, DJ Funk, (to the left).

Ghettotech or Detroit club music is a form of electronic music originating from Detroit. It combines elements of Chicago's ghetto house with electro, glitch, hip hop and techno. It is usually faster than most other dance music genres, at roughly 145 to 170 bpm, and sometimes features pornographic lyrics. As DJ Godfather puts it, "the beats are really gritty, really raw, nothing polished."[1]

Ghettotech was born as a DJing style, inspired by the eclecticism of The Electrifying Mojo and the fast-paced mixing and turntablism of The Wizard, with DJs mixing genres including Miami bass, ghetto house, electro, glitch, hip hop and Detroit techno. The general BPM of the music's mixing style increased over time. Moving into 2011, ghettotech is finding a strong resurgence, tech house being an influence.

Ghettotech is an integral part of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, an annual event. A Detroit ghettotech style of dancing is called the jit. It is an improvisational dance that mainly centers around the fast movement of the feet. Chicago's equivalent dance style is Juke, where the focus is on the footwork dating back to the late 1980s.[2]


  1. ^ XLR8R TV Episode 13: Detroit Ghettotech. 14 Aug. 2007. <>.
  2. ^ XLR8R TV Episode 13: Detroit Ghettotech. 14 Aug. 2007. <>.

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  • [From Jack to Juke: 25 Years of Ghetto House.]
  • 4 Player Records: Pan-European label Started in February 2004 by a DJ / Producer collective with members in Germany, Scotland, The Netherlands, Italy, and Sweden. Focused on releasing Detroit and Chicago influenced ghettotech, electro, ghetto house, and electro-bass club tracks.
  • Belgian Promotion website for Booty, Ghettotech, LA Booteehop and Miami Bass. News section with latest related news. Events page and Music download section with mixes from Belgian artists and DJ's.
  • Ghettotech at DMOZ