Ghettotech music is also known as Detroit Club or Chicago Club music. It was coined by Disco D in 1998 and is electronic music that combines Chicago’s Ghetto House with Electro of Detroit and Miami Bass, cut and pasted together with DJ techniques.
DJ Godfather, neé Brian Jeffries, started DJing in his teens. He played Miami Bass because it was hot but, as a lover of techno, he layered the vocals with electronic beats. After dropping Miami Bass for simpler hip hop influenced vocals, repeated to sound mechanical or tweaked as though filled with helium, Ghettotech was born. DJ Godfather brought Ghettotech back in 2011. Other innovators of the genre include DJ Assault, Disco D and DJ Funk.
Ghettotech is usually faster than most other genres, hovering around 145 – 170 beats per minute (b.p.m.), about twice the speed of rap, and the lyrics tend to be pornographic or raunchy. Ghettotech DJs may take cuts that are meant to be played at 33 revolutions per minute (r.p.m.) and play them at 45 r.p.m.
Ghettotech has been around for years in Detroit and has gained popularity both nationally and internationally, playing at raves across the US. This electronic dance music’s popularity has a lot to do with its inclusions of hip-hop and the DJ’s approach to turntable based music.
Ghettotech style of dancing in Detroit is called the jit. It is an improvisational dance that centres on fast movement of the dancer’s feet. In Chicago, Ghettotech dance style is called Juke and the footwork dates back to the late 1980s.
DJ Godfather has, over the years, helped transform the Ghettotech genre of music into a globally acknowledged and popular phenomenon.