Category Archives: Breakin

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

KRS-One’s Book Signing Party: The Gospel of Hip Hop

November 10th, 2009, I was invited to shoot a book signing party for one of my childhood hero, KRS-One of B.D.P. KRS-One released a book titled, The Gospel of Hip Hop. I had the pleasure of shaking hands with the Legend. Amongst these legends, there were Hip Pioneers who came out to represent and show support, The Father of Hip Hop DJ Kool Herc, DJ Cool V, Freddie Fox, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Hakim of Channel Live and many others. The teacher it a moment and spoke to the crowd about what Hip-Hop really is to the founding generations, today’s generation and the generations to come.

Here is an excerpt from Kurt Nice about the event.

On Tuesday, November 10, 2009, the Temple of Hip Hop celebrated the release of the long-awaited book presented by KRS ONE, The Gospel of Hip Hop. The event took place at the elegant W Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York City, where a museum-like atmosphere was created adorned with some artifacts of the Hip Hop Kulture. On Tuesday, November 10, 2009, the Temple of Hip Hop celebrated the release of the long-awaited book presented by KRS ONE, The Gospel of Hip Hop. The event took place at the elegant W Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York City, where a museum-like atmosphere was created adorned with some artifacts of the Hip Hop Kulture.  On one side of the room was a prominent display of some of the audio devices used by the culture over the years from turntables to boom box radios and cassette walk-mans. Various colorful canvas art pieces accented the space along with some black and white reproductions created by Hip Hop graffiti artists Jason Lee. In a certain area near the entrance, Hiphoppas could reflect on the contribution of some of the many “risen heroes” pictured in frames hung on the wall behind a serene waterfall/ rock display.          In the place of honor, seated in two red velvet chairs on stage were Kool DJ Herc and his sister Cindy aka Pep who inspired the first Hip Hop Jam in 1973. On a huge video screen next to the stage was video documenting classic performances of artists like Busy Bee and KRS ONE on stage with Nas to the Meeting of the Minds Conference held in 1994 which details the first public call for a comprehensive book on Hip Hop to be written. In this video, KRS ONE, announces that he will be embarking on the mission of researching and uncovering the origins and description of the Hip Hop Kulture, which is transcribed in more detail in the 12th Overstanding of the Gospel of Hip Hop.         All who attended eagerly awaited the unveiling of the book, including guests like Sadat X of Brand Nubians, Charles Ahearn, director of Wildstyle, Lord Yoda X of the Zulu Nation, Bumpy Knuckles aka Freddie Foxxx, E Z AD of the Cold Crush Bros.,  Biz Markie’s deejay, Cutmaster Cool V, Black Dot, Dru Ha from Duck Down and many others.  After The Teacha addressed the crowd with a 45-minute speech, he took questions from the audience and then proceeded to sign copies of the book. Later, he attended the After Party hosted by Hip Hop legend Tony Touch at Sutra. More of the Duck Down family were in attendance including Smiff and Wesson, plus an anxious crowd of well-wishers and Uncle Ralph McDaniels of Video Music Box.

There are several video clips as well as hundreds of pictures from the night to enjoy so look around.

Peace and Blessings, Kurt Nice, Temple of Hip Hop
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Photos by @ZirePhotos

Video by bcydevideo7






TRB2HH Docuseries presents NoBody Beats the Biz Docu-series

In our first release we chronicle the early years of the Diabolical Biz Markie. This Artist has contributed so much in music, trend, sound, and help to evolve hiphop as a culture. This is a peak into his famous career as Cold chillin records go to guy. We love him for what he has done and honor him for what he gave us while doing it. EnJoy!!

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 fullest… 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

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Artist / Designer / Painter – Art By Porgia

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Bboy NEGUIN – the New Generation of Breakin’


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:

Best Dance Moments | Breaking Forever 2015

Photos by ZirePhotosNYC

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 / @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!