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Breakdance; B-boying; Breakdancer; B-boying or Breaking, also called Breakdancing, is a style of street dance that originated among African-American and Puerto Rican youths in the Bronx, New York City during the early 1970s. The dance spread worldwide due to popularity in the media, especially in regions such as South Korea, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and Japan. While diverse in the amount of variation available in the dance, b-boying consists of four kinds of movement: toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes. B-boying is typically danced to hip-hop and especially breakbeats, although modern trends allow for much wider varieties of music along certain ranges of tempo and beat patterns. A practitioner of this dance is called a b-boy, b-girl, or breaker. Although the term “breakdance” is frequently used to refer to the dance, “b-boying” and “breaking” are the original terms. These terms are preferred by the majority of the pioneers and most notable practitioners

B-Girl Bonita of the Rock Steady Crew

 

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Paulskeee sits down w/ B-girl Bonita Rock Steady Crew as she kicks some insight on her career as a professional dancer comin outta Phoenix, Arizona.

facebook: Bonita Lovett
twitter: BgirlBonita
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Arizona Celebrates Its 3rd Annual Hip-Hop Festival

November 14, 2016, Respect The Underground showed their contribution to the hip-hop culture by hosting their 3rd Annual Arizona Hip-Hop festival at the  Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.  When I got to the downtown Phoenix area, I was not sure if I was in the right place.

Being a New york native that recently covered the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festivals and the Rock Steady Crew Anniversary, I was used to being backed up in traffic for 5 blocks before reaching the venues.

I found parking about a block away and the moment I turned off the car engine, I heard the music’s Base. The sound of hip-hop was in the air from a couple of blocks away and I was excited to be there. It’s amazing how you can walk a radius of 3 blocks in some communities and the entire culture can change.

Behind the ticket gate was a live stage performance right outside with hundreds of Hiphoppas everywhere. Young and old, artists and fans mixing up at what seemed to be the hip-hop heartbeat of Phoenix Arizona.

The Lineup for the 2016 AZ Hip Hop Festival was estimated to present 245  local artists.

Walking in the venues, there were music artists signing autographs, with 50  vendors from clothing designer, tattoo artist,  creating designs, food trucks, and another stage with another set of local artists moving the crowd.

There was a deejays and producers section at the event were Arizona’s premier and upcoming music makers played new music and original beats. All that was just in the lobby of the Comerica Theatre.

Entering the arena, on the balcony right above the stage lined a collection of 25 local graffiti artists, visual artists, and painters.

The Stage… What a show. Every show, every stage, every artist represented to the fulliest… The emcees had Delivery, Flow and Stage Presence, each artist gave an energy filled show.

Shout out to the Hiphoppas who showed up and supported the event, the artists and the culture.

To learn more about “Respect The Underground – visit them here ->
www.respecttheunderground.com

Check out these artists

Beats – @WIFyeBeats

Digital Art – www.tkart.co

Engineering – Facebook.com/CharlieBlaze

Tattoo Artist – Facebook.com/hanaleikialoa

Radio – EylRadio.com

Artist / Designer / Painter – Art By Porgia

Headphones – www.exeoent.com

Photography – www.ZirePhotography.com

 

 

 

 

Bboy NEGUIN – the New Generation of Breakin’

NEGUIN

Bboy Neguin is the freshest export from Brazil and one of the most elite talents in Bboy history. He is recognized for his unique fusion of Capoeira acrobatics and breathtaking Bboy stunts. He has won countless awards and competitions and in 2010 won the most coveted Championships in the world UBC and Redbull BC One, making him officially the number one Bboy in the world. A feared competitor and versatile performer Bboy Neguin has toured with artists such as Madonna, Xzibit, Marcelo D2, Charlie Brown Jr. and 2009 stared and choreographed for the world tour of “Blaze”. In addition to Bboying Neguin is also a master of other dance styles such as Hip Hop, House and Tumbling and has been featured in numerous commercials.

Learn more about Neguin and his crew here: http://www.vertenteunica.com/

Best Dance Moments | Breaking Forever 2015

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Featured images from the Breakin at the Bk Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition and Whodini and UTFO share the Stage at RSC38 galleries.

Video by ProDance TV

[FATHER/HOOD] Hip-Hop Parenting

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Ron & Tachelle | The Proud Poppas Photo Project | Proud Poppas United | photo by photographer, Tyrone Z. McCants

I’m powerfully aware that the entire notion of hip-hop being a frame for parenting can come across as corny. But all parents borrow from their cultural influences to make this journey more manageable and interesting.

Graf writing: This was how I introduced her to the visual arts. Her mother is much better versed than I am, so she took my introduction and amplified it to museum attendance and artistic production. It was a trip to see aimless scribbles turn into things that I could actually identify.

Deejaying: Music has power, I tell her. It can amp you up before dealing with a challenge, or it can be a friend to you when you’re feeing sad. It can move crowds to ecstasy, or it can signal war. It can be a biography of your life. I gave her a copy of her birth playlist (the list of songs I wanted my daughter to be born to, the first music I wanted her to hear). We’ve had long conversations about why I chose the songs I did.

B-boying/girling: I emphasize to her that her body is her body, and it can do amazing things. You can defy gravity for seconds at a time, or you can root yourself to the ground. She dances every single day, and her favorite movie is The Freshest Kids.

Emceeing: Language is powerful. We are teaching her that her word is bond, and if she gives her word, she should follow through with it. We also teach her not to privilege words all the time. Sometimes the story is in the silences.

As I review these words, I’m powerfully aware that the entire notion of hip-hop being a frame for parenting can come across as corny, or reaching, or “doin’ too much.” But all parents borrow from their cultural influences to make this journey more manageable and interesting. Hip-hop is as much a part of who I am as my tattoos. Its influence is permanent.

Recently talking to my homeboy (whom I look up to as a veteran parent), he admitted to watching all eight seasons of The Cosby Show, taking notes, and emulating the Cos while raising his twins.
We do what we gotta do. Word.

Author: Shawn Taylor @RealLovePunk

Source: Ebony Life

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North America’s Finest Breakers on Sway in the Morning

Sway Calloway and Heather B interviews the bboy breakers of the Redbull BC 1 North America’s Finals.

Published on Aug 27, 2015

Old school B boy Battle between New York City Breakers and Dynamic Rockers

Old school B boy Battle between New York City Breakers and Dynamic Rockers. Legendary old school popper from New York City, (Julio “Klown”Santiago original Bronx B-boy, Skill Methodz crew)Shout out to all the people who inspired me, Mr. Wiggles, Pop Master Fable, Electric Boogaloos, Popping pete, Boogaloo Sam, RIP Skeeter Rabbit, Popping Taco, Don Cambpellock and the lockers, The New Generation Poppers and lockers, Salah, P lock and the Go Go Brothers.

Breakin at the Bk Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition

BkHipHopFest15 – BK Juice Hip-Hop-Exhibition – Dance Off – LiteFeet

My best moment in this momentous event was experiencing the ‘Dance Off.’  at Littlefield in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

This dance style for hip hop began in Harlem and was formed in 2005 -2006 in a range of 10 years; various dancers have created and shaped it. Litefeet consists of various dance trends which combine together like the Harlem shake, chicken noodle soup, the bad one and tone wop; however, it is made up of dance moves numbering 20 and more.

The two crews that presented the LiteFeet Dance off were CHRYBABY COZIE & LITE FEET NATION and WAFFLE NYC. Participating DJs were KERIM THE DJ, DJ MIDNITEDJ E DOUBLE and 1200 SQUAD. In the middle of the performance, Pop Master Fabel of the Rock Steady Crew jumped in and did his thing.

Photography by Tyrone Z. McCants of ZirePhotography.com / @ZirePhotos

I left this hip-hop event more assured and appreciative about the evolution of the Hip-Hop culture, that the knowledge and legacy of this culture is in good hands with the new generation of hip-hop heads. The movement of love and vibration is only growing and gaining back its power and will continue expanding and evolving!

Rock Steady Crew Celebrate 38 Years of BBoy Prosperity!

One of the main highlights of this memorable event was the marking of 38 successful years of boyism and breakin by the Rock Steady Crew. This group was first set up in New York City in the Bronx by Jimmy Dee and Jimmy Lee. Crazy Legs and numerous members of the RSC carry on the traditions of the culture.

They are renowned for their innovative break-dancing moves which leave one gasping in wonder! In this event, they provided us with a taste of their great moves which left each of us in breathtaking awe!

Big congratulations to them on their great achievement!

RSC38 was the Best Live Hip-Hop Concert of the Year

I was excited to attend the widely anticipated Annual Rock Steady concert at Summer Stage Central Park, on July 26th.  The best part about this wonderful event was that entry was free, like the block parties back in the days! Some of the greatest names in Hip-Hop came out to celebrate the elements of Hip-Hop.

There was a Whole Lot of Stars Who Blessed the Stage Sunday Night!

Hip-Hop Legends Whodini and UTFO give a Live Performance at the Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City
Hip-Hop Legends Whodini and UTFO give a Live Performance at the Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City

Whodini, the world renowned hip-hop brick layers, brought their veteran stage show to the annual hip-hop event. The group consisting of Jalil Hutchings and John Fletcher “Ecstasy” and Grandmaster Dee really lived up to their fame of being great hip-hop & rap legends.

Originally from Brooklyn, the R & B Rap group put on a polished and masterful performance while giving tribute to the late great DJ Mister Magic. They even shared the stage with hip-hop’s first back-up dancers known as the Keystone dancers, later known as U.T.F.O. They had the crowd dancing energetically to their hip-hop classics.

The great Big Daddy Kane also headlined the show. The smooth operator emcee, whose rich baritone ensures you pay attention to his unique rap lyrics, nearly caused a stampede when he brought out his fellow pioneers and artists Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Craig G and legendary producer Marley Marl to perform the ‘Symphony’ which is a classic hip-hop hit.

Big Daddy Kane invites Masta Ace, Craig G, Kool G Rap, and Dj Polo to perform Marley Marl's hip-hop classic the Symphony live at the Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City
Big Daddy Kane invites Masta Ace, Craig G, Kool G Rap, and Dj Polo to perform Marley Marl’s hip-hop classic the Symphony live at the Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City

Kane had more surprise guests for the hip-hop fans, he invited the original members Funky 4 + 1 and the Cold Crush Crew.

The event also features artists such as EMC, Your Old Droog, The  Queen Herawin and Ea$y Money.  The element of Deejayin was in full effect when DJ Scratch, DJ JS-1, Evil Dee got on the 1s and 2s.

One of the main highlights of this memorable event was the marking of 38 successful years of boyism and breakin by the Rock Steady Crew. This group was first set up in New York City in the Bronx by Jimmy Dee and Jimmy Lee. Crazy Legs and numerous members of the RSC carry on the traditions of the culture.

Atsushi Ats Kono Live Performance at the Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City
Atsushi Ats Kono Live Performance at the Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City

They are renowned for their innovative break-dancing moves which leave one gasping in wonder! In this event, they provided us with a taste of their great moves which left each of us in breathtaking awe!

Big congratulations to them on their great achievement!

The excitement was toned down a bit when time was set aside to solemnly pay tribute to Robert Diaz, or Pumpkinhead. This great rapper from New York City passed on at 39 years on June 9th. He released numerous solo albums and his most outstanding was ‘Orange Moon over Brooklyn’ and ‘Dymanic’

PH’s wife and two sons thank the crowd and fans at the Pumpkinhead Tribute performance at the Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City
PH’s wife and two sons thank the crowd and fans at the Pumpkinhead Tribute performance at the Rock Steady Crew 38th Annual Celebration held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Central Park in New York City

In his remembrance, his family and fellow put on a honorable show. Featured artists included Pack FM, Mr. Metaphor of the Brooklyn Academy,  Jean Grae, Blitzkrieg, Wilechild gave a performance with Pumpkinhead’s son, Raiden. There was a surprise tribute performance by Immortal Technique, Poison Pen and Diabolic.

If you are a fan of his music and contribution to hip-hop, you can support his wife and children and Legacy here  – http://www.youcaring.com/shawntay-ocasio-366664

All in all, this was the most well organized musical event I have attended all year! The greatest part was getting to listen to my most favorite artists do what they do best!

I surely look forward the next concert!