Footwork (genre)

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Footwork is a genre of music and street dance that originated in Chicago during in the late-1990s.[2]

The dance involves fast movement of the feet with accompanying twists and turns, and usually takes place as part of a "battle".[3] The style was popularized outside Chicago by inclusion in the music video for Dude 'n Nem's 2007 single "Watch My Feet".[4]

The music style has evolved from the earlier, rapid rhythms of juke and ghetto house, a change pioneered by R.P. Boo.[3] It may draw from styles such as drum and bass, utilizing double-time clave triplets, syncopated toms and prominent sub-bass.[5] Tracks also frequently feature heavily syncopated samples from rap, pop and other sources, and are often around 160 bpm.[6] Footwork also incorporates the club culture cultivated in disco, house and techno.

Radio station Afropop Worldwide remarked on the genre and its developments in 2011, saying that:

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  1. ^ "The 14 drum machines that shaped modern music". September 22, 2016. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  2. ^ Sheffield, Hazel (2010-05-27). "Footwork takes competitive dancing to the Chicago streets". The Guardian. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  3. ^ a b SAMI YENIGUN and WILLS GLASSPIEGEL (December 6, 2010). "Chicago's Footwork Music And Dance Get A Transatlantic Lift". National Public Radio. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  4. ^ Raymer, Miles (April 1, 2010). "Music for Feet:The Chicago dance style footwork already has MTV's attention. But footwork music may be too weird for mainstream ears". Chicago Reader. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  5. ^ Arnold, Jacob. "Fancy footwork: how Chicago's juke scene found its feet again". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  6. ^ Cush, Andy. "Jlin's Rust Belt Modernism". Spin. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Midwest Electric: The Story of Chicago House and Detroit Techno". Afropop Worldwide. 2011-06-16. Event occurs at 7:30. Public Radio International. Retrieved June 17, 2011.