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Hitmakerchinx (Rafael Anthony Martin) is an American dancer, DJ, and record producer from New York City. After first emerging in Brooklyn’s Caribbean neighborhoods, Flex Dance Music (FDM), the all-in-one dance and music movement championed by Nicki Minaj, Madonna, and Omarion, is poised to have its biggest year yet. One of FDM’s breakout stars is 26-year-old LA-via-BK producer/dancer HitmakerChinx, who can count everyone from Rihanna (who had him on her Anti World Tour) to renowned interdisciplinary artist Rashaad Newsome, who collaborated with him on the score for his critically acclaimed film STOP PLAYING IN MY FACE! FDM was originally produced to soundtrack Brooklyn flexing dance battles, with its bone breaking, gliding, and contorted movements, indebted to Jamaican bruk-up, it is not only visually breathtaking, but also sonically infectious, thanks to beats grounded in ’90s reggae and dancehall. Considered by many to be the dark, pulsing cousin of the reggae lite that’s become the Top 40 sound du jour, above all it’s a larger movement that’s finally bringing real Brooklyn-bred culture into the spotlight.