Jersey Club
Get Jersey Club essential facts below. View Videos or join the Jersey Club discussion. Add Jersey Club to your topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
Jersey Club

Jersey club, also known as Brick City club, is a genre of electronic club music originating in Newark, New Jersey during the late 1990s with an emphasis on dance. With roots in Baltimore club, bounce, and Newark's earlier house scene, Jersey club is a staccato, bass-heavy style of dance music featuring breakbeats, rapid tempos around 130-140bpm, and heavily chopped samples often from hip-hop or pop music.[1] Since its development, the Jersey club sound has received international attention.[2]

Origins of the Jersey Sound

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.[3][4] The club scene also gave rise to the ball culture scene in Newark hotels and nightclubs.[5] "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.[6][7][8]

DJ Kerri Chandler, another Zanzibar DJ, was another pioneer of the predecessor "Jersey sound" variety of house music.

Some have said that "when New York went to rap [during this period], Jersey stayed with club. Because of Zanzibar."[9]


In 1992, Union County's Aly-Us released their deep-house hit "Follow Me."[10][11]

Jersey club music developed more robustly during the 90s, specifically in the city of Newark (affectionately nicknamed "Brick City").[12] It was pioneered throughout the early to mid-1990s to the 2000s by artists like 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 80s.[13][14][15][16]

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.[]

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.[17][18][19][20]

Dance element

Strong emphasis on dance accompaniment is a major element in Jersey club culture, as evidenced by performances at Jersey club-centric events, including Essex County's Highlights Festival held annually in the summer. [21]

The 2016 Running Man Challenge, a viral meme in which participants filmed and shared short clips of themselves performing a dance resembling running to the 1996 song "My Boo," was based on well-known Jersey club moves. The original videos were posted on Vine by high school students in Newark-adjacent Hillside, New Jersey.[22]

Artists and producers who work in the style

Popular DJs include Kevin "DJ Lilman" Brown,[23][24] DJ Sliink, Uniiqu3, DJ Frosty, DJ Jayhood, and DJ Taj (including his sister Lil' E).

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

Artists and producers DJ Joker, DJ Jayhood and Dizzy Rambunctious have all produced noted Jersey club remixes that have gained attention in the music and pop culture press.[25]

DJ Sliink and DJ Jayhood garnered press attention in 2018 for their Jersey club remix to Drake's In My Feelings.[26]

Ciara's 2018 hit Level Up was heavily influenced by the Jersey club genre.[27][28]

See also


  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 .
  2. ^ "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 .
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^ "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
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^ "FiftyOne:FiftyOne: Whats Up With Brick City Club?". November 10, 2006. Archived from the original on March 11, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "DJ Uniique and The Rise of Jersey Club". Thump. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "What Is Jersey Club Music? | Run The Trap". Trap Music Blog - Run The Trap: The Best Hip Hop, EDM & Club. 2013-10-13. Retrieved .
  15. ^ Stephens, Alexis (2014-01-27). "Please Explain: Jersey Club". Mtv Iggy. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "FiftyOne:FiftyOne: Whats Up With Brick City Club?". 2006-11-10. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "Metronome: R3LL". Insomniac. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "DJ 4B Talks Wu-Tang, Jersey Nightlife and not categorising his music". Stony Roads - The quintessential stop for everything Dance Music. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "Jersey Club in New Zealand? VICE and BOSE are investigating why with their Seeds and Stems series". Retrieved .
  20. ^ The 41 Best Jersey Club Songs Ever via @billboard
  21. ^
  22. ^ Laird, Sam. "The originators of 'The Running Man Challenge' are two awesome high school kids". Retrieved 2016.
  23. ^
  24. ^
  25. ^
  26. ^
  27. ^
  28. ^

  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.



Music Scenes