Jersey Club

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Jersey Club, also known as Brick City club, is a breakbeat genre of music. Created in Newark, New Jersey with roots in Baltimore club, Jersey Club is a staccato, bass heavy style of hip-hop featuring tempos around 130-140bpm and heavily spliced samples.[1]

Origins of the Jersey Sound[edit]

Club Zanzibar in Newark, New Jersey, where DJ Tony Humphries began his residency in 1982, helped "spawn the sometimes raw but always soulful, gospel-infused subgenre" of deep house music known as the Jersey Sound.[2][3] The club scene also gave rise to the ball culture scene in Newark hotels and nightclubs.[4] "Queen of House" Crystal Waters and other house luminaries performed on the Newark scene.

Abigail Adams's house-music record label and store, Movin’ Records in Newark's neighbor East Orange, was another contributor to the Jersey Sound.[5][6][7]


In 1992, Union County's Aly-Us released their deep-house hit "Follow Me."[8][9]

Jersey club music developed more fulsomely during the 90s, specifically in the city of Newark (affectionately nicknamed “Brick City”[10]). It was pioneered by DJ Tameil, DJ Tim Dolla, Mike V and DJ Black Mic of the “Brick Bandits Crew” who were largely influenced by the Baltimore club scene of the 80’s.[11][12]

Brick City Club[13]) was popularized by DJ Tameil (formerly Anthrax), Mike V, DJ Tim Dolla, and DJ Black Mic (Brick Bandits Crew); in the early to mid-1990s to the 2000s.[14] It was then abandoned by DJ Tameil after many new producers began making music "without his permission", as Tameil has said numerous times, thus "ruining the genre".[This quote needs a citation] Each track usually consists of a kick used by many other producers and DJs in the same tracks, along with the terms Movie and Building Shaker thrown into the song. DJ Lilman is the most known DJ making Brick City Club hits. His music videos on YouTube have received more than 100,000 views.[citation needed] Other popular DJs are DJ Frosty, DJ Jayhood, and DJ Taj(including his siter 'Lil E).

The basic musical structure is similar to Baltimore Club, but it differs in the use of the same beats and mixing. Brick City or Jersey club is popular in Jersey, Philly, and Florida. Some songs have been featured on the reality show Love and Hip-hop.[citation needed]


Now, the style and its direct derivatives are becoming known on the internet due to music sharing websites and social media such as SoundCloud, Vine and YouTube, becoming popular across the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.[15][16][17] [18]

In 2017, DJ Sliink, Wale and Skrillex released the Jersey Club track Saint Laurent.

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  1. ^ "Over the past 15 years, Jersey Club has become a widespread cultural phenomenon in its home state. But recently, the sound's booming kick drums have gone global. Mike Steyels tells its story". RA: Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-09-01. 
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  6. ^ "The New Jersey music scene was always a gospel-based thing. When you were a kid you had to go to church." Interview with Kerri Chandler via @attackmag1
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  10. ^ "FiftyOne:FiftyOne: Whats Up With Brick City Club?". November 10, 2006. Archived from the original on March 11, 2016. Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  11. ^ "DJ Uniique and The Rise of Jersey Club". Thump. Retrieved 2016-09-01. 
  12. ^ "What Is Jersey Club Music? | Run The Trap". Trap Music Blog - Run The Trap: The Best Hip Hop, EDM & Club. 2013-10-13. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  13. ^ Stephens, Alexis (2014-01-27). "Please Explain: Jersey Club". Mtv Iggy. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  14. ^ "FiftyOne:FiftyOne: Whats Up With Brick City Club?". 2006-11-10. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  15. ^ "Metronome: R3LL". Insomniac. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  16. ^ "DJ 4B Talks Wu-Tang, Jersey Nightlife and not categorising his music". Stony Roads - The quintessential stop for everything Dance Music. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  17. ^ "Jersey Club in New Zealand? VICE and BOSE are investigating why with their Seeds and Stems series". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  18. ^ The 41 Best Jersey Club Songs Ever via @billboard