Miami bass (booty music or booty bass) is a subgenre of hip hop music that became popular in the 1980s and 1990s. Its roots are directly linked to the electro-funk sound of the early 1980s.

The use of the Roland TR-808 sustained kick drum, raised dance tempos, and frequently sexually explicit lyrical content differentiate it from other hip hop subgenres. Music author Richie Unterberger has characterized Miami bass as using rhythms with a “stop start flavor” and “hissy” cymbals with lyrics that “reflected the language of the streets, particularly Miami’s historically black neighborhoods such as Liberty City and Overtown”.

Miami bass has never found consistent mainstream acceptance, though it has had a profound impact on the development of Baltimore club, West Coast hip hop, funk carioca or baile funk, and other genres.

Today many artists are recycling this beat and mixing with electronic music. Also in 2010, not only in Brazil but in United Kingdom and United States as well the Miami Bass appears in the music universe as an alternative style of Hip Hop.

M.I.A is one of the international artists who contributed to the Miami Bass and Baile Funk popularity.

Baile Funk was originated from Miami Bass, however they are similar when we just listen the rhythm but different relatively to the lyrics and language, because Baile Funk is best know in Brazilian Portuguese.

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