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Collection: Bass (Sound), Hip Hop Genres, Music of Chicago, Illinois, Music of Detroit, Michigan
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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 (also known as Detroit club music or Chicago club music) is a genre of electronic music originating from Detroit and Chicago. It combines elements of Chicago's ghetto house with electro, techno and UK garage. It features four-on-the-floor rhythms and 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 jungle, ghetto house, hip hop, R&B, electro and Detroit techno. The general BPM of the music's mixing style increases over time.

A Detroit ghettotech style of dancing is called the jit. Detroit jit is an improvisational dance that mainly centers on 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]

Ghettotech is an integral part of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, an annual event.


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

Other Articles

  • "Ghettotech, The Bluffer's Guide" article at Stylus Magazine.
  • "Ghettotech" article at Global Darkness.

External links

  • [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
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