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