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What Is Baltimore Club Music? (aka BMORE CLUB)

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    Baltimore club is one of my favorite sub-genres of music, I am trying to start booking some baltimore club producers to dj here in Columbus. The first gig I have lined up is Tittsworth and Dave Nada at Skullys Saturday March 3. Both of these producers are also awesome dj’s and this will be there first combined ohio appearance. I think people up here on CU would dig Baltimore club music if they knew what it was as it tend’s to be very catchy dance oriented music in the 125-135 bpm range. Recently there has been a new movement of bmore club led by Dj Technics, Tittsworth, Dave Nada, Diplo and Low-bee in which popular songs from the 80’s and 50’s are remixed into club tracks. All of these are markedly similar in that they utilize well known sing along type tracks to make a new entity that is both catchy and dancey.

    Anyways, learn some more about Bmore club by reading on. Also listen to / download a mix by Tittsworth to hear his skills as a dj. (see link at bottom)

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    Baltimore club, also called Baltimore breaks, Baltimore house, knucklehead, thump and Dew Doo beat, is a genre of house and dance music. A blend of hip-hop and electronica, it was created in Baltimore, Maryland in the early 1990s by Scottie B., Frank Ski, Miss Tony aka Big Tony and DJ Spen and has since been performed by artists such as DJ BOOMAN, Rod Lee, KW Griff, Rod Braxton, Karizma, D.J. Technics, D.J. Phinesse, Diamond K, DJ Patrick, and DJ Kenny B. Female DJ K Swift is currently one of the most popular DJ’s in Baltimore, with her radio shows on 92.3 WERQ.

    Baltimore club is exemplified by its 8/4 beat structure and tempos at or near 130 beats per minute. It combines repetitive, looped vocal snippets similar to ghetto house with humorous vocal samples from television shows like Sanford and Son and Sponge Bob SquarePants, and also includes heavy breakbeats and call and response stanzas similar to those found in the go-go music of Washington, D.C.. More often than not, the breakbeats are pulled from two records; “Sing Sing” by Gaz, and “Think” by Lyn Collins and James Brown. Much like the rave-era sub-genre of techno music known as breakbeat hardcore, Baltimore Club sounds as if the music was purposely produced in a hurried manner as the each song is made with a limited palette of sounds and is based on a similar templates.

    [edit] Development

    Some say Baltimore Breaks grew out of Miami Bass, largely due to Frank Ski working with Luke Skyywalker Records in the early 1990s, remixing songs such as Disco Rick’s “Wiggle Wiggle” in 1992. Frank’s production of the 1991 track “Doo Doo Brown” by 2 Hype Brothers and a Dog samples heavily from the 1989 “Doo Doo Brown edit” of “C’mon Babe” by the X-rated Miami bass group known as 2 Live Crew. This most likely explains the genre’s nickname of “Dew Doo Beat.” Despite its roots nearer to Miami bass, the sound of the music itself more closely resembles ghetto house and ghettotech. Indeed, “Doo Doo Brown” achieved popularity on airwaves and in clubs as far north as Detroit, eventually becoming a staple in the crates of ghettotech DJ’s.

    Ski helped to pioneer the sound with his nightly radio show on now defunct V103, playing many breakbeat hardcore songs such as “Acid Party”, “Too much Energy” and others, alongside his newly released Doo Doo Brown track. The influence of the UK’s breakbeat hardcore was critical in the development of the genre. Soon after the release of “Doo Doo Brown”, Frank Ski teamed with Miss Tony and Scottie B. on the release of “What’s up What’s up” and “Pull Ya Guns Out”, two of the earliest examples to feature the signature Baltimore Club sound. No discussion of Baltimore Club music would be complete without mentioning the late, “Tapp”. Tapp (aka King David, the Tap Dance Kid) passed away in 1998. He helped put this genre on the map with such hits as, “Shake That Ass Girl” and other tracks he recorded at producer Don Corrieri’s Techtrax studios.this fact is wrong!he only recorded the original version of its ya b-day at don’s studio.shake that ass girl was done at chico’s!

    Baltimore club has long been popular in Baltimore, largely in African-American venues where DJs spin exclusively Baltimore Club. DJ K-Swift, initially popular for her sets at various clubs, now hosts a nightly radio show on 92Q that plays exclusively club music. Recently, club music spread beyond the city’s borders to Philadelphia and New York City and inspired offshoots in New Jersey (D.J.Tamiel /Brick City club), and Alabama (D.J. Taj/Bamabounce ]. This expansion is due largely to the success and influence of the DJ duo Hollertronix, who present Baltimore Club in conjunction with hip-hop, rock, and other dance music.

    Spank rock is a popular American musical group influenced by Baltimore club. These natives of Charm City began their ascent to popularity in 2003 and continue the international spread of the Baltimore dance craze.

    The warehouse club The Paradox, along with smaller clubs such as Club Choices, 32nd Street Plaza, Odell’s and “Louie Louie” night at the club HammerJacks, have all been popular hotspots to hear Baltimore club the way it was meant to be heard: On a very large, very loud and bass heavy sound system. Club Paradox also hosted one of the most poplular rave-themed club nights on the east coast, “Fever”, and helped to spread the popularity of Baltimore club with a wider audience.

    Club Mo’s, located in Kingsville, Maryland, was host to the most scandalous Baltimore Club parties between 1996 and 2001. Although the genre truly inspired primal dance forms, eventually the club was shut down by the local authorities due to improprieties involving young women and club employees.

    Recently the genre has gained popularity in Baltimore’s rock underground thanks to Baltimore Club nights at the Talking Head Club and others. There was also a feature on Baltimore Club in Spin Magazine in January 2006.

    What many don’t know, is that in the late 90s, Baltimore club music also grew a cult following in the Northern New Jersey club scene, mostly from the spread of mix tapes and traveling Baltimore deejays. There were also a number of Boston area radio mixshows in the mid-nineties that also played Baltimore Club Music including Acidburn and Beyond the QE2 on WZBC 90.3

    [edit] The Making of new Hip Hop Genre

    In recent years Baltimore Club has moved away from the dancehouses like the Paradox and into the studio with Rap artists. This combination of Club Muzik and Rap has created hope for a new sub-genre in hip hop music to rival Crunk in ATL and Hyphy in Oakland. This can be traced back to the Bossman’s “OH (Bmore anthem)” song, but it reallly heated up with the song “Ryda Girl” by D.O.G. This song became the number 1 requested song on 92 Q for a couple of weeks, beating out huge mainstream songs. It has also spawned a clothing line and has launched D.O.G. to a major deal with Universal. The recent songs of this genre have been:

    * “Slide” by Tae Eazy,Blaqstarr

    * “Handz up” by A-MAZ-ON

    * “Hands up, Thumbs Down” by Deuce Tre Deuce

    * “Crush ’em all” by Prince

    * “Rockstarz” by Blaqstarr

    B-more club is a hybrid of house, dance, and hip-hop created in the early 90s by pioneers such as Scottie B, Frank Ski, Miss Tony and DJ Spen, with the tradition continued by the likes Rod Lee, KW Griff, Rod Braxton, Karizma.

    Notable artists include: Dj Technics, Tittsworth, Debonaire Samir, Dj Lil’ Jay, Storm & D’Vo, Johnny Blaze, Spank Rock, Dave Nada, DJ Low Budget, Aaron LaCrate, Amanda Blank,Blaqstarr & Rod Lee. Diplo has made a number of noteworthy Baltimore-flavored remixes.

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    listen to a free mix made by DJ tittsworth for discobelle

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    listen to some free streaming audio from dj technics



    NICE!!!!! Looking forward to that hopefully I can get off work. That is an excellent mix too!!! 2007 is really looking good :lol:



    this is a hell of a good mix. good job on the song selections!!! 8)



    now this is how you dance to bmore club




    here’s another one that is ill, go in like 30 seconds to see dude’s feet disappear.

    music sucks in this one though so turn it off


    Good stuff. The late James Brown would be proud. Hell, DJ James Brown probably would be too.


    Anyone know of any download sites that carry this genre?




    is run by dj technics, they sell dl’s

    soulseek would probably have most stuff, just search some of the above artists.

    also i’m about to put out some demo cd’s for the show and they’ll have a nice selection of bmore tracks. i’ll post up on here a bit too. more details soon…


    interesting stuff…gig in march sounds hip…

    I miss booty-house…does anyone use that term anymore…



    showgirlXXX wrote

    I miss booty-house…does anyone use that term anymore…


    In fact, Dj Danky Dave, (who took second place in this years electronic DJ competition) is going to be spinning an all Booty House set to open up the show on the 3rd.

    Also we are going to have free PBR beer for about two hours early in the night to get everyone in the mood to shake they booties.

    stay tuned….



    Also, this Friday at the High Five, Lefty is spinning an all Bmore, Bamabounce, and Booty set after midnight to close. Get a real nice sneak preview, and listen to some Tittsworth and Nada tracks that will probably be in the show on March 3rd. Should definitely be fun. Not to mention, $100 to whomever can Wutang Slide the best. Dancing that is featured in that video featured on page 1.

    For those of you that don’t know Lefty… he’s a very good dj and cool guy. He’s been working on this set for a few weeks now.




    titts on tv



    Lol…I grew up in MD so reading through that with all the names of DJ’s, radio stations and clubs was rather nestalgic(sp?) to me. Big up Carma…I like your direction with this. Could possibly blow up big here in CBus.

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