For the Hip Hop style, see Miami Bass or read further down below.
For the Electronic style: Bass Music is an umbrella term that refers to various styles of music including drum and bass, bassline, dubstep and UK garage among others. The phrase began to be used in response to the blending of sounds between these genres. The key characteristic shared among these genres are an emphasis on basslines, groove and rhythm.
Hip Hop Bass Music (sometimes referred to as Miami Bass) is a musical style that originated in the U.S. State of Florida in the mid-eighties. It is directly linked with electro-funk music from the early eighties and is known for its use of the Roland TR-808 kickdrums, sped up tempo and frequently sexually explicit lyrical content.
The style originated in Miami's historically black neighborhoods such as Liberty City and Overtown, but also had shared influence from nearby Ft. Lauderdale, as well as Tampa Bay and Orlando. Maggotron a.k.a DXJ, Maggozulu 2, Planet Detroit and Bass Master Khan are considered pioneers of the sound, while it was popularized by acts such as the 2 Live Crew, Jam Pony Express, Gucci Crew II and DJ Magic Mike. Other well-known artists of the genre include the 69 Boyz, Truck Stop Boyz and the Quad City DJ's
In the mid-eighties pirate radio was popular in Miami, where DJ's would hijack radio airwaves and broadcast provocative and sexually explicit bass music from the safety of nearby boats off of the coast. This helped the style to gain further recognition, while adding to its controversial appeal. The style eventually spread to neighboring States, such as Georgia (mainly Atlanta) and the Carolinas as well as other nearby States.