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DJ Funk (left) with DJ Assault (right).

Ghettotech (also known as Detroit club) is a genre of electronic music originating from Detroit. It combines elements of Chicago's ghetto house with electro, Detroit techno, Miami bass.[1]


Former Detroit music journalist for the Detroit Metro Times, Hobey Echlin describes ghettotech as a genre that combines "techno's fast beats with rap's call-and-response."[2] It features four-on-the-floor rhythms and is usually faster than most other dance music genres, at roughly 145 to 160 BPM. Vocals are often repetitive, crude, and pornographic. As DJ Godfather puts it, "the beats are really gritty, really raw, nothing polished."[3]

Ghettotech was born as a DJing style in the late 1980s, inspired by the eclecticism of The Electrifying Mojo and the fast-paced mixing and turntablism of Jeff "The Wizard" Mills. DJs would mix multiple genres including jungle, ghetto house, hip hop, R&B, electro and Detroit techno.[4][3] The music of 2 Live Crew is also cited as influential to the genre.[4]

A Detroit ghettotech style of dancing is called the jit. This dance style relies heavily on fast footwork combinations, drops, spins and improvisations. The roots of jit date back to Detroit jitterbugs in the 1970s.[5] Chicago's equivalent dance style is Juke, where the focus is on footwork dating back to the late 1980s.[3][6]

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

Key record labels[edit]

  • Twilight 76
  • Databass
  • Electrofunk
  • Jefferson Ave
  • Motor City Electro Company
  • Intuit-Solar
  • 666aline


  1. ^ Mueller, Gavin (2014). "Ghettotech and ghetto house | Grove Music". www.oxfordmusiconline.com. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.A2256635. ISBN 978-1-56159-263-0. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  2. ^ Echlin, Hobey (2016). "Inner-City Blues: The Story of Detroit Techno". In Liebler, M.L. (ed.). Heaven was Detroit. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. p. 368. ISBN 9780814341223.
  3. ^ a b c XLR8R TV Episode 13: Detroit Ghettotech. 14 Aug. 2007. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGFpF6vCV18>.
  4. ^ a b "Ghettotech: An Oral History". daily.redbullmusicacademy.com. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  5. ^ "2 Jit 2 Quit: In Search of Detroit's Street Dance Culture Past and Present | NOISEY". NOISEY. 2014-05-28. Retrieved 2016-02-25.
  6. ^ Mueller, Gavin C. (2007). "Straight Up Detroit Shit": Genre, Authenticity, and Appropriation in Detroit Ghettotech (Thesis). Bowling Green State University.

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