HIP HOP
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THE FOUR ELEMENTS
IT WAS A NICE SLOGAN FOR A WHILE. BUT IT IS JUST NOT THE TRUTH. THAT WAS A PHRASE THAT ROCK STEADY CREW USED TO HELP BRING MORE ATTENTION TO LESSER KNOWN ELEMENTS. BUT IN REALITY THERE ARE OVER A DOZEN OR SO ELEMENTS THAT SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED.
BEAT BOXIN, FINDING BREAKS, FASHION, PRODUCTION IS NOW AN ELEMENT, PROMOTING A JAM, MAKING THE FLYERS FOR JAMS BECAME AN ART FORM, ECT. THESE ARE ALL SMALL BUT VITAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR GREAT CULTURE.
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MC'S, AND DJ'S: ARE BLACK
BREAKERS: ARE PUERTO RICAN
AND GRAFFITI : WRITERS ARE WHITE
THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE MANY STEREO TYPES THAT MOVIES AND THE MEDIA CREATED.
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RAPPERS ARE BBOYS
NO! NO! NO! NO! NOOOOOOOO!!!!! UNLESS YOU CAN DO TOP ROCK FOOTWORK AND FREEZES YOU ARE NOT A BBOY!!!. YOU HAVE A TITTLE, SH#T YOU HAVE TWO TITTLES (RAPPER, MC). LEAVE OURS ALONE, BBOY MEANS BREAK BOY, BEAT BOY, OR BRONX BOY. WHY DO RAPPERS INSIST ON USING OUR NAME JUST TO LEGITIMIZE THERE CAREERS I DON'T KNOW.
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HIP HOP IS ABOUT, DRUGS, MONEY, CARS, BITCHES, GANGSTAS, PIMPS, PLAYAS. KILLERS, THUGS, ECT.
NOPE. NOT TRUE. WE MAY HAVE PARTICIPATED IN ALL THOSE ACTIVITIES WHEN WE WERE CREATING HIP HOP. BUT WE NEVER RHYMED ABOUT IT, AND YOU NEVER HEARD IT IN A SONG.
HIP HOP IN ITS ORIGIN WAS ABOUT CELEBRATION, PARTYING, HAVING FUN, ECT. THEN AFTER THE JAMS WERE OVER WE USED TO ROB, SNORT, SMOKE, PIMP, KILL, ECT.
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RAP IS HIP HOP
WELL THIS ONE IS TOUCHY. WHILE RAP IN MY OPINION REPRESENTS THE RECORDING ASPECT OF HIP HOP (MC'S ON WAX). IT DOES NOT FULLY REPRESENT THE CULTURE IN IT'S TRUE ESSENCE. THIS IS MY OPINION AND THE OPINION OF MANY ORIGINAL HIP HOPERS.
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SOURCE, RAP PAGES, AND OTHER SIMILAR MAGAZINES ARE HIP HOP MAGAZINES
UNLESS THESE AND OTHER SIMILAR MAGAZINES START TO COVER HIP HOP EQUALLY AND IN IT'S ENTIRETY. THEY ARE TECHNICALLY NOT HIP HOP MAGAZINES. THEY ARE WHAT THERE MADE OF." RAP MAGAZINES"
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IF YOU CAN'T FREESTYLE YOUR NOT A MC
THE TRUTH IS THIS. "IF YOU CAN'T WRITE, PERFORM, CREATE A SHOW, DO ROUTINES, AND ROCK THE CROWD YOUR NOT A MC". ORIGINAL MC'S DID FREESTYLE BACK IN THE DAYS, BUT FREESTYLIN AS THE MAIN CRITERIA FOR A MC STARTED IN THE LATE 80'S EARLY 90'S. IT'S A NEW CONCEPT THAT SHOULD BE ADAPTED TO THE ART OF MC'in. BUT SHOULD NOT BE THE TOTAL CRITERIA FOR WHAT A TRUE MC IS.
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RUN DMC ARE THE PIONEERS OF HIP HOP MC'S
WHILE I DO BELIEVE THAT THEY PIONEERED BRINGING RAP (HIP HOP RECORDING ARTISTS) TO THE MAINSTREAM. THEY ARE REALLY CONCIDERED NEW JACKS TO THE REAL PIONEERS.
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ZULU NATION IS A GANG
TIME AND TIME AGAIN, AFTER WE HAVE EXPLAINED THROUGH EVENTS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, NEWS ARTICLES, AND MANY OTHER WAYS, THAT THE ZULU NATION IS NOT A GANG, SOMEWHERE SOME IGNORANT WRITER WILL DO AN ARTICLE ABOUT GANGS IT WILL LABEL THE ZULU NATION AS A MAJOR GANG IN NYC.
THE ZULUS HAVE LONG LEFT THE GANG ERA AND HAS BECOME A MAJOR POSITIVE MOVEMENT IN HIP HOP, WHEN WILL THE PRESS FINALLY DO THERE RESEARCH AND STOP ACTING LIKE THEY KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE INNER CITIES.
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THE GRAFFITI IN THE MOVIE BEAT STREET WAS DONE BY A REAL GRAFF WRITER
ANY ONE WHO SAW THE MOVIE BEAT STREET AND THOUGHT THAT THE GRAFFITI WAS REAL, AND LIKED IT. I HATE TO BUST YOUR BUBBLE. BUT THAT SHIT WAS WACK!!!!THAT WICK, WACK ASS GRAFF WAS DONE BY UNION ARTISTS WHO CLAIMED THAT UNLESS THERE A WRITER WAS A PART OF THE UNION HE COULDN'T DO REAL GRAFF IN THE MOVIE.
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BAGGY CLOTHES CAME FROM HIP HOP
WRONG....BAGGY CLOTHES IN WAS INTRODUCED TO HIP HOP BY OUR WEST COAST FAMILY. THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF BUYING CLOTHES THREE SIZES BIGGER TO GET THAT FULL BAGGY LOOK HAS BEEN PART OF THE CALI SUBCULTURE SINCE THE EARLY ZOOT SUIT DAYS AND HAS NEVER DIED. IN THE EARLY 80'S WHILE NYC HEADS WERE WEARING NUT HUGGERS CALI WAS SPORTIN LOCKER PANTS, DOUBLE PLEATED COTTLERS, PARACHUTE PANTS ECT..THE FIRST EAST COAST HEADS TO START WEARING MORE BAGGY FITS WERE THE FREESTYLE AND WEBO DANCERS, AND BY THEN IT BECAME MORE POPULAR AT HIP HOP EVENTS DURING THE LATE 80'S..
HIP HOP AND FUNK DANCE
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THE WORD "BREAK DANCE"
NEVER EXISTED, IT'S A MEDIA TERM THAT THEY CAME UP WITH .
THE ORIGINAL NAME WAS BBOY (meaning break boy, beat boy, or bronx boy)
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"BREAK DANCE" WAS USED BY "GANGS" INSTEAD OF FIGHTING
HELL NAAAAA!!! SH#T WE GOT INTO MORE FIGHTS FROM BREAKING THAN ANYTHING. THAT WAS A MEDIA HYPE STORY THAT WE AS YOUNG BBOYS( WHO NEW THE TRUTH ) EVEN FELL FOR. DEFINITELY FAR FROM THE TRUTH.
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A YOUNG KID BROKE HIS NECK AND DIED DOING A HEAD SPIN
SHOW ME PROOF AND ILL TAKE THIS ONE OFF!!!!
IT'S AN OBVIOUS DETERRENT FOR PARENTS WHO DIDN'T APPROVE OF THERE KIDS DOING THIS DANGEROUS GHETTO DANCE FORM.
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BBOYING WAS TAUGHT TO A GROUP OF YOUNG LATINOS BY A CAPOERA MAESTRO IN THE 70'S
(CAPOEIRA IS A FORM OF MARTIAL ARTS, CREATED BY AFRICAN SLAVES AND DISGUISED AS A DANCE IN BRAZIL)
WHILE I DO AGREE THAT BBOYIN WAS INDIRECTLY INSPIRED BY THIS AFRICAN ART FORM. AND BBOYING DEFINITELY HAS ITS ROOTS IN AFRICAN DANCE. BUT I HAVEN'T MET A LATIN BBOY FROM BACK IN THE DAYS THAT CAN EVEN PRONOUNCE THE WORD CAPOEIRA. (MAN I CAN'T EVEN SPELL IT)
THE STORY THAT BEST SIZES THIS ARGUMENT UP WAS A QUESTION POSED TO TWO OF OUR FOUR FATHERS OF BBOYIN "THE NIGGA TWINS",
WHEN ASKED WHY DON'T YOU GUYS ( THE NIGGA TWINS ) GIVE CREDIT TO CAPOEIRA??? AND THERE REPLY WAS. I NEVER MET THIS GUY CAPOEIRA THAT YOUR TALKIN ABOUT BUT IF YOU BRING HIM TO ME ILL SEE IF I RECOGNIZE HIM.
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THE 6 STEP AND THE 4 STEP ARE THE ONLY FOOTWORK STYLE FROM BACK IN THE DAYS
NOPE, THE 6 STEP IS ALSO NOT THE ONLY ORIGINAL FOUNDATIONAL FOOTWORK, THERE ARE TONS, SEE THE "BBOY MOVE FILES".
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VIDEO DANCERS ARE HIP HOP DANCERS
(IE, DANCERS IN INSYNC, BACKSTREETBOYS,AND OTHER VIDEOS LIKE THAT ECT.)
HELL NAAAAA!!!!. UNTIL THESE WATERED DOWN JAZZ DANCERS DO ALL OF THE THINGS I LISTED BELOW. THEY WILL NEVER BE HIP HOP DANCERS.
A) CREATE THE MOVES THAT THERE DOIN INSTEAD OF BITING THEM FROM REAL HIP HOP DANCERS.
B) GO TO REAL UNDERGROUND HIP HOP CLUBS AND BATTLE LIKE THE REST OF US, AND PAY DUES.
C) STOP TRYING TO LEARN OUR DANCES IN THESE FAKE STUDIOS.
D) UNTIL THEY AT LEAST LISTEN TO HIP HOP MUSIC AND AND LIVE IT.
AS FAR AS IM CONCERNED THESE DANCERS ARE MOSTLY JAZZ DANCERS THAT LEARNED FAKE HIP HOP DANCES IN THESE STUDIOS. AND COULD GIVE 2 SHITS ABOUT OUR CULTURE "HIP HOP"!!!.
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BREAKING AND HIP HOP DANCE ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS
WRONG!! BREAKING IS AN ORIGINAL HIP HOP DANCE.
ALONG WITH ROCKIN, PARTY DANCE, FREESTYLE (CLUB) DANCE;
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POPPIN AND LOCKIN ARE A PART OF HIP HOP DANCE
TECHNICALLY POPPIN AND LOCKIN HAVE THERE OWN HISTORY THAT EXISTED BEFORE THEY EVER NEW WHAT HIP HOP WAS. THERE MOVEMENT WAS BASED MORE ON WEST COAST FUNK. BUT THE COLLABORATION OF THE TWO CULTURES CREATED A GREAT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BOTH COASTS. ESPECIALLY IN DANCE.
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ROCKIN AND BREAKING ARE THE SAME DANCE
ROCKIN AND BREAKING EACH HAVE THERE OWN HISTORY. AND ARE FROM DIFFERENT SCHOOLS OF DANCE
BREAKING: COMES FROM MORE OF THE JAMES BROWN ERA AND FEEL.
ROCKIN: COMES FROM THE ORIGINAL NYC GANGS AND THEN THE DISCO ERA HAD A MAJOR INFLUENCE ON ROCKIN AS WELL AS JAMES BROWN.
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THAT BBOY S BACK IN THE DAYS DRESSED BUMMY, WENT TO A JAM WITH A BACK PACK, AND WOULD BREAK ALL NIGHT IN A JAM
BACK IN THE DAYS THE ORIGINAL BBOYS WOUDL DRESS AS FLY AS POSSIBLE, AND PART OF THE FLAVA OF A BBOY WOULD BE HOW HE WOULD DO ALL OF HIS MOVES AND NEVER GET DIRTY.
ALSO WE NEVER SET OUT TO A JAM WITH A BACK PACK PREPARING TO DANCE ALL NIGHT.
BBOYS WOULD GO TO A JAM, DANCE WITH SOME FEMALES, SOCIALIZE, AND THEN WHEN THE RIGHT BREAK BEATS CAME ON, THEN WE WOULD GET DOWN, THEN AFTER WE GOT DOWN WE WOULD GET BACK TO PARTYING. THAT'S THE WAY IT WAS.
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BREAKIN IS OR CAN BE A SPORT
NOPE. IT'S A DANCE, AND IF EVER IT SHOULD APEAR ON A SPORTS NETWORK OR OLYMPIC CATAGORY, IT SHOULD BE LISTED AS A DANCE, OR DANCE SPORT.
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POWER MOVES STARTED IN CALI
UHUH. ALTHOUGH CALI CAN TAKE SOME CREDIT FOR HELPING TO ELEVATE POWER MOVES, BUT MOVES LIKE, FLARES, CONTINOUS FLARE, FLARE 90'S, HOLLOW BACKS, TAP HEAD SPINS, HEAD SPIN 90'S, AIR MOVES, AIR TRACK, AXELS (AIR FLARE), SWIRLS (DOUBLE ELBO SPINS), UFO'S, AND ALL THAT OTHER GOOD STUFF STARTED IN NYC.
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THE WORD BREAK WAS TAKEN FROM A SLANG FOR THE LOCK IN LOCKING
THE WORD BREAK IN BBOY CAME FROM THE BREAK OF A RECORD (THE PERCUSION, OR DRUM SOLO IS CALLED A BREAK). THIS HAS BEEN A FACT SINCE THE EARLY 70'S.
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OZONE AND TURBO WERE THE ACTUAL NAMES FOR THESE DANCERS IN THE MOVIES "BREAKIN" AND "ELECTRIC BOOGALOO"
NAAA..THERE REAL DANCE NAMES ARE
TURBO- IS REALLY SHRIMP
OZONE- IS REALLY SHABADOO
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CARD BOARD BOXES
NO NON NO...WE NEVER USED TO BREAK ON CARD BOARD. ORIGINBAL BBOYS WERE ON STRAIGHT UP CONCRETE REPRESENTING, OR WOOD AND MARBLE FLOORS. THE WHOLE CARD BOARD THING CAME ABOUT IN THE EARLY 80'S AND WAS USED RARELY. MOSTLY FOR SPINNING. BY THIS TIME THE MEDIA BLEW THE WHOLE THING OUT OF PROPORTION AND TURNED IT INTO A CORNY GIMMICK.
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BBOYS SHOULD BROOKLYN ROCK IN A BBOY BATTLE
UH, EXCUSE ME, BUT WHY DID YOU JUST TOP ROCK INTO A BROOKLYN ROCK AND THEN JUMP INTO AN AIRFLARE.
BBOYS MUST FINALLY LEARN. "THEY ARE TWO SEPARATE DANCES", AND TO AN OG, IT MAKES NO SENSE TO THROW A BROOKLYN MOVE WHEN
A) THERE IS NO ONE BROOKLYN ROCKIN AGAINST YOU.
B) THERE ISN'T A BROOKLYN ROCK BEAT ON.
C) YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO BROOKLYN ROCK.
THERE ARE WAYS OF FREESTYLE TOP ROCKIN WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO UP AND DOWN IN A BROOKLYN STYLE MOVEMENT.
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BOYS WHO CAN'T UP ROCK CAN BEAT REAL UPROCKERS
NO! IM SORRY. JUST BECAUSE YOU SCORED A COUPLE OF POINTS AND MADE THE CROWD LAUGH. DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU BEAT A KING UPROCK OR A KEN SWIFT. THERE IS A SAYING THAT ME AND MY BOYS MADE UP FOR THIS TYPE OF THOUGHT. IT'S CALLED "BURN WITH FINESSE" IN UPROCKIN YOU MUST LEARN THE DANCE FIRST, AND THEN LEARN HOW TO STRIKE AND BURN WITH STYLE, NOT JUST SWING WILD AND LOOK SLOPPY. ANY ONE CAN DO THAT.