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.
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 ->
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
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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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.
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 MIDNITE, DJ 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.
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!
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!