Cheers to the Notion of Love, Hate, God, & Revolution

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cheers to the notion of Love, Hate, God, and Revolution is a
collection of short stories and poetry that are based on these four topics. It is an
immigrant’s perspective on coping and coming to terms with his own belief system and
life. The book is at times angry, at times it is trying to see light, at times it
is just trying to hold on to love. The read is black and white and meant to be
understood, it is a writer interpreting the classic with today’s influence. The book
is available at

www.Marlonlizamapoetry.org

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Circle of Fire | Silverback Bboy Events | Mason Rose | UDEFtour.org

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If you have been dancing for a while you’re sure to have heard of one of the most prolific west coast crews, Circle of Fire. Known for their fusion of breaking and house, Circle of Fire has been pushing the boundaries of free expression in breaking for nearly two decades; a yin to the yang of traditionalism and structure. Mason Rose spent some time with the crew and today we present a look into the soul cypher with Circle of Fire as they get down in the bay. Check it out below!

An excerpt from the mind of Mason Rose:

“Forged in the fires of trial and triumph a person’s soul is ultimately expressed through art, through culture… through sound and movement.

What is soul? Soul is not something you have but rather something you can become.

No place is this more evident than in the dance community. The dancers do not simply express their souls, but rather for those brief moments in the ever-sacred cypher… the dancers ARE their souls; uncovered and true for all to see.

And like all truth, Soul has a certain ring to it. And like all rings they bring us full circle.

What is soul? Step into the Circle of Fire and find out.

Mason Rose”

CULTURE OF HOPE

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What started as a vision of dancers from Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, an international project came into being: With the aid of breakdance as means of expression, we will counteract street violence with street culture together with dance enthusiastic children and teenagers from slums of Manila, Philippines.

Joint by numerous breakdancers from various countries and in close collaboration with the local funding agency Onesimo we will establish public and sustainable break dance trainings spots for teenagers in carefully selected slums of Manila, starting March 2015. Through workshops we will provide adolescent people with an insight into the peaceful and positive culture of Hip Hop dancing.
Break dance ought to help them gain higher self-esteem and thus form an identity detached from street violence.

Due to their lack of prospects, for countless street children of Manilas the only thing left on their search for themselves is the coherence within criminal gangs. The hope for a life in dignity seems to literally choke on the dust of Manilas streets.
With a team of ten we will present the Hip Hop culture again where it once started: In areas afflicted with poverty and injustice in which people barely have a chance to live a balanced life free of existential worries.

The internationally successful film team KAIZENPICTURES will accompany the project and produce a feature documentary from the gained film footage. With help of the globally strong Hip Hop scene this documentary will then be sold worldwide. Distributions of this film will in the future and on the long run financially support the project.

For further information visit our website hiphop4hope.com
or contact us info@hiphop4hope.com

 

UFB WORLD FINALS – MARMARIS TURKEY

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Stance were invited to the beautiful town of Marmaris, Turkey to cover Underground Funky Base 8 World Finals.

Featuring the likes of Storm, Maurizio, Kapela, Ben, P-Lock, Airdit, Voodoo West Crew, Teembo and many more. This event should be on a lot more Bboys & Bgirls radar!!!! It’s got it all!!

Music: DuffStep – Close your eyes
Chronicle Grime – Career Cats Get Tiger Suits
Drone footage by UFB TV
Filmed and edited by Doy

MESSAGE FOR THE PROMOTERS BY NABIL QUINTESSENCE OLD SCHOOL

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Nabil from France addressing concerns about the current state of the global scene.
Nabil doesn’t need no introduction, dancers that have taken the time to study the art form.
have seen his footage or heard his name come by. One of France living legends adresses a change that many of us have witnessed over the past years. Most scared to speak up , scared to face consequences. Watch the footage below

The Real Streets of R16 World Finals 2014

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Many people only know of R16 for the battles which take place. But many people don’t know the entire live experience of being at R16 and all the different aspects and elements of the entire weekend. Here is an insider’s report of what went down at the 2014 R16 World Finals.

After many months of planning, travelling, and many challenges, another successful year of the R16 Global Series has finally ended with the R16 World Championships which went down in Seoul Korea on July 4th, 5th and 6th.

Every year, the R16 Global Series is growing bigger with more countries B-Boys, poppers and lockers having the opportunity to participate at the world finals amongst this generation’s top, hungriest and active battlers. 2010 was the first time R16 implemented championship qualifiers around the world, starting out with a total of ten eliminations. In 2011, it grew to sixteen eliminations, then 2012 had twenty two and 2013 had twenty six. This year, there were a total of twenty nine R16 championship eliminations in twenty three countries around the world. Now only the best of the best are able to make it to Korea and have an opportunity to battle on the world stage. Besides a few special invites in the Solo B-boy, Popping and Locking categories, all participants are the R16 Champions of an entire region, continent, or great nation.

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Not only has R16 grown in size and reach, but the core final event, has grown into an action packed three day weekend with many participants visiting from all over the world.

The weekend kicked off on Friday July 4th with the R16 Press Conference which is held in the R16 World Championships venue called Olympic Hall. This is where all the competitors get their first glimpse of how serious this event is. After the government officials deliver their ceremonial speech, each of the artists and athletes are called up onto the stage so that the various press can take pictures, videos and snapshots. Towards, all the crews are called up onto the stage, one by one and must perform a one minute throw down for the press. After all 8 crews have finished, the press vote by ballot for which crew they liked the best. The winners win the R16 Presses Choice Award and 1000 dollars for just one minutes work. Predatorz takes the win and is the second year in a row that Russia wins the Press award.
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Immediately after the Press conference, held at Club Syndrome is the R16 Open Elimination for the solo B-Boy, Popping and locking categories. Perhaps it should be renamed to the R16 International Open because the majority of participants are from all over the world, with nearly two hundred entries. Battlers not only have a chance to experience competing with the Korean level of Popping, locking and Breakin, but they also have a chance at earning the few remaining spots on the world stage.
open eliminationIt is amazing to see how high the level of the open elimination has risen. In previous years, the Korean nationals have dominated. This year, is the first year that no Korean has won a spot on the world stage. The top 8 had some very intense battles, with some new faces that are surely to blow up in the near future. Look out for B-Boy Heady from Korea and B-Boy Quick from China. The two final spots were taken by Boris from Double Kill Taiwan who has made his first debut on an international stage, and Ayumi from Body Carnival Japan, the first B-girl to win the R16 open elimination history.

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Day 2 starts off at 1pm with an outdoor block party style festival called the Puma cypher, just outside the main doors of the R16 World Championships venue. While people are lining up to get their tickets to the R16 World Finals, they have the ability to see real B-Boy cyphers up close and in person, experiencing the true original essence of Hip Hop. Featuring a DJ booth, and hosted by Jotee of Rivers crew, the cypher has a nice vibe while B-Boys from all over the world jump in and the crowd cheers for as the dancers of all skill levels participate in the circle. pumacypher
Puma has four B-Boys, (three black and one latino) dressed up like 70’s and 80’s old school B-Boys. Many people flock to take pictures with them in front of the Puma suede exhibit. Graffiti panels and a long row of vendors which consist of B-Boy companies like Soul Food, Bboyworld and Underworld add so much more to the experience.
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The main doors open at 5pm as people slowly make their way into their seats, although over 1000 people choose standing seats to be as close to the action as possible. Before the main event starts, recap videos of all the past R16 eliminations are playing on the jumbo LED screen. Then suddenly, the lights turn off as the audience roars in excitement. Day one is the finals for Popping, Locking and the Solo B-Boy battles.

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The Popping battles and Locking battles both have the final 8 contestants in each category. The Popping final battle goes into a tie breaker with Kid Boogie from USA, winning over Sally Sly from France.

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The locking final battle is not only an all Japan final, but it is also between husband and wife, Masato (winner of R16 Japan Locking) VS his wife, CIO who qualified in the open elimination. CIO wins over her husband Masato and becomes the R16 Locking World Champion.

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The R16 Solo B-Boy Battles has a total of 16 B-Boys and B-Girls, majority of them being R16 Elimination Champions from around the world. This year, there was a new system used for the world finals Solo B-Boy battles, which is a hybrid of the “Undisputed” system, aka the “Best Of” system, with some elements similar to the OUR System. The difference is that the “Best Of” system is judged “Round for Round” (first one to win a specified amount of rounds wins) while the OUR System is judged on who overall won the majority of the universal B-Boy elements.

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This year, the Best of System had five judges, each of them looking at a separate category, but giving a vote round for round who won according to their category. Four of the categories are relatively similar to the OUR System, Fundamentals, Creativity, Difficulty and Execution. The only difference is the Cypher/ Battle Element was taken out and replaced with a Musicality category.

In all battles except for the Finals, the first person to win the majority of 3 is the winner. Consequently, if someone wins the first two rounds, then the battle is finished. The audience was able to look up to the scoreboard and see not only who each of the judges was voting for, but also who was winning round by round.

Although the Best Of system didn’t have the after battle final climactic suspense of whom the judges would ultimately vote for, it was able to build a deeper connection from the audience to the fan favorites during the actual battle itself, creating suspense and excitement especially in battles which were close. For example, Roxy lost her first round against Lil Zoo, but when she won her second round, the crowd went crazy. When she tied her third round, the crowd went even wilder. In the end she lost in the deciding 4th round, however she won the hearts and respect from the audience.

In retrospect, the Best Of system was really great for the audience, adding excitement and enjoyment to the battles with a sense of professionalism in the direction of B-Boying. On the other hand, some B-Boys have some getting used to this method of judging, and battling.

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One blooper this year was for the first three solo B-Boy battles, there was a technical error with the system. The names where switched on the scoreboard, so Tata was announced the winner over Issei, and Eddy Twister was announced the winner over Boris from Double Kill Taiwan. It wasn’t until Spin was announced the winner over Wing, did the staff realized that the names were switched. Therefore Issei, Boris and Wing were announced the rightful winners and advanced to the next round.

In the end, Issei won over Lil Zoo in the final battle, becoming the first ever 3 x R16 Solo B-Boy World Champion and now wins a spot in the “Undisputed” finals.

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Day 3 begins once again with the Urban Arts Festival and Puma cypher outside the main venue at 1pm. This time, it’s even more packed than the day before. At 5pm, the main doors open and everyone makes their way to their seats for the much anticipated crew battles and performances. This year, the levels of the performances were on a higher level. It seemed as if each show was getting better and better and the crowd was very into it. Each crew had different qualities which made their show stand out in its own way. The performance battle is not only meant to find the best performance, but it is also meant to create the seeding brackets for the battles. The top scoring crew battles the lowest scoring crew, while the second highest scoring crew battles the second lowest scoring crew, and so on.

Each of the five judges are assigned to a specific criteria and giving a score from 1-10, according to their category. This is done to ensure all important elements are accounted for, rather than being based on pure entertainment factors. The five categories are Foundation, Creativity, Difficulty, Execution, and Performance.

Performance results

This year, the showcase performances were on a high level and the scores were extremely close. According to the judge scores, SKB (Australia) and Double Kill (Taiwan) were tied for 5th place with 34 points and was only 1 point behind Body Carnival (Japan) who scored 35 points, who was last year’s performance e winners. Half a point above them was Gamblerz (Korea) scored 35.5 points.

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However, way ahead of them was Super Crew (USA) who scored 40 points. They were leading until the last performance by Predatorz (Russia) which they scored 42 points and won them the R16 Crew Performance contest. To see more details on the showcase performances, go to http://r16korea.com/site/?p=3340&lang=en to see more. After the performances, the final rank seeded the brackets and the crew battle began.

This year, for the crew battles, the OUR System had a new scoreboard implemented. It was designed to use less numbers and give the audience an overall feel of who is winning and losing throughout the entire battle. The five element icons of Foundation, Originality, Dynamics, and Cypher Battle were each on a scale that would slide to the left or right, according to how many points they scored, similar to a tug of war over the 5 elements. To see how the new scoreboard works, please watch the following battle for as example

Now it’s time to make a detailed recap on some of the battles at R16 World Finals. There are three battles which need to be highlighted:

  1. China VS USA
  2. Taiwan vs Japan
  3. Korea VS Russia

#1 Jokester Crew from China VS legendary Super Cr3w from USA was one of the first round battles. Although Super Crew didn’t have two of their most known B-Boys (Ben and Ronnie), against Jokester throughout the entire battle, they were winning. Super Crew was winning 4 to 1 elements, then in the middle, Jokester started catching up, 3 to 2 elements for Super Crew. Then alas, the final round, Jokester throws out their strongest commando routine, finishing it off with rising China superstar B-Boy Quick who ends with a strong stylish power combo. How does Super Crew respond? With a solo from one of their members, definitely not strong enough as a response, thus consequently, losing the battle, 3 to 1 elements. This was the first time China has ever beaten USA and was a huge win for the great nation of China.

A big lesson from this is that in the OUR System, every detail and every round counts. You continually have to top whatever your opponent throws out at you, there is no such thing as throwing away a round.

#2 Taiwan VS Japan

Another close call was Double Kill from Taiwan against last year’s finalist Body Carnival from Japan. Taiwan was winning in the beginning; however Japan was able to pull through towards the middle and in the end won 3 to 1 with the Battle category tied.

On a side note, Double Kill from Taiwan has been working hard for the past 3 years to get to the world finals, winning two R16 Taiwan Championships and finally winning R16 South East Asia Championships earlier this year. It’s great to see their hard work pay off for them.

#3 Korea VS Russia

The final battle was between Gamblerz of Korea and Predatorz of Russia. If you read the many comments on youtube, the decision is pretty split over who should have won. Here is a breakdown of exactly what went down.

After the first round, Predatorz was winning 2 to 1 elements, winning originality and Battle while Gamblerz was winning Foundation.

But immediately after, Gamblerz turned it over and was winning 3 to 1 elements. The score was pretty close from 3 to 2, than 2 to 1 all the way until the end, where Gamblerz wins over Predatorz, 4 to 1 elements.

Overall, it’s great to see Gamblerz back on the main stage, although many people agree that it would be quite difficult to top the epic performance of Morning of Owl from last year as well as Jinjo from the previous years.

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Controversial scores:

In every event, there are always controversial decisions. However, the OUR System is very transparent and allows for the judges scores to be carefully examined. Before we look into some of the most controversial scores from R16, please keep in mind that when seeing these scores, you need to also consider the view from the judges seat, the energy in the atmosphere, as well as repeats from previous rounds. Also, watching battles on youtube is a lot different than watching in live in person. With that said, here are some of the most controversial scores that has got the community asking questions.

#1 Dynamic score being too high

Some people have been noticing that Lil G has been scoring some B-Boys a little bit too high or low in Dynamics. For example, Rocket scored a perfect in Dynamics, scoring higher than Predatorz who did power moves. Was Lil G taking into consider other dynamic qualities such as balance, energy and complexity… or was he judging based on what is easy or difficult for him personally?

#2 Rocket in Foundation

Although Gamblerz is known for their high level of Dynamics, Rocket is known for his awesome musicality. In R16 Korea eliminations, Rocket scored a 5 (Perfect) in foundation, however in the R16 World finals, final battle, he received a 2 (poor) by the foundation judge, Asia One.

#3 Originality against Japan

Body Carnival not only is known throughout the world as an “originality” minded crew, but they also had Assassin from Waseda breakers on their team. Assassin is known in “today’s” community as one of the most original B-Boys, however, in one of Body Carnival’s battles, Benji the originality judge scored Assassin a 2 (Poor) on originality. Is this considered a bad score, or could it be that Benji is from the 90’s, and was from a time where originality was considered the most important aspect in B-Boying? Perhaps he seen it all, or maybe he’s been out of the loop too long?

Whether one agrees or disagrees with these scores, the fact of the matter is that the OUR System is what allows us to look into the judges heads, and as some people have already said before, if we can’t trust a judge to be able to judge just one element of Bboyin, how can we trust them to judge all elements at the same time? Either way, our community is heading in the right direction, and it will take time before we either find the perfect judges, or train our worldwide judges to be as perfect as possible.

After the R16 World Finals, it’s time for the much anticipated R16 After Party, which was held in Seoul’s number one prestigious club named Octagon. The R16 After party not only hosts the top DJ’s in our Hip Hop / B-Boy community, but also creates a concert like atmosphere where there are top Korean music artist, such as Jay Park of AOM.

Part way through the night, Floorgangz call out Blue (Extreme / SKB) in the cypher. The intensity of the circle was so high that a crazy Blue starts shoves the Floorgangz member, then shoves the person to their right, then the next person, then Blonde, then some members of SKB. Turns out, Blue was trying to get people to move back, but was a little bit tipsy to communicate that properly. Despite the intensity, after the battle, was all manly hugs and daps which goes to show the power of the cypher, and the power of Hip Hop.
In conclusion, the legendary battles of R16 has come to plateau for this year, however the overall stage production and audience experience has grown to a new level. Even more so, R16 has grown to become more of an ultimate three day experience that once experienced, can change someone’s life. R16 continues to be the hope to the future that one day, B-Boying will become as professional as the other sub cultures and lead our community into a self-sustaining culture and industry.

It’s Anyone’s Battle – UDEFtour.org x Mason Rose

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Check out the new bboy culture video “It’s Anyone’s Battle” by filmmaker Mason Rose below as we mark the halfway point in UDEF’s 2014 $250,000 Pro Breaking Tour featuring 40 prize money Challenger Series events and two $50,000 Champions Series events right around the corner this Fall. The Champions Series consists of the Silverback Open Championships, October 11th & 12th, in Philadelphia, PA and the Freestyle Session World Finals, November 8th & 9th, in San Diego, CA. Both events feature a 1vs1 bboy battle and 3vs3 crew battle.

Be prepared for the battle, register today as a UDEF ‘tour competitor’ at http://www.udeftour.org/register/ to be eligible to compete in Pro Breaking Tour Challenger Series and Champions Series events.

UDEF (Urban Dance & Educational Foundation) is non-profit organization supporting and promoting bboy culture worldwide. In addition to prize money events, UDEF also supports over 50 charity events per year.

 

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Red Bull BC One France Cypher: a surprise called Noé

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In front of more than a thousand people gathered at La Cigale (Paris), Noé won the French qualifier for the Red Bull BC One. Under thunderous applause, he got his ticket to the European qualifier to be held in Helsinki, before the world finals in Paris at the end of the year. Selected in March during the Red Bull BC One Cypher Toulouse, Noé was kind of an outsider tonight. Facing him, world renowned dancers but also long time Red Bull BC One competitors, like Franklin or Abd-L. But the originality of his style made the difference: after an endless succession of dazzling moves, he won to one of the favorites, Dany.

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In front of an over excited crowd, 16 dancers competed all night in a highly charged atmosphere, cheered by speakers Momoze and Sidney (who, 30 years from here, created the very first hip-hop dance tv show in France). Composed of young dancers, hip-hop specialists but also families, here to discover and enjoy the energy of the breakdance, the audience was literally struck by the intensity of the show, waving at Tonio’s or Dany’s humor, Franklin’s technical moves or Pac Pac’s style, the youngest competitor of the contest. For them, as for the dancers, the Red Bull BC One France Cypher was an unforgettable experience.

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They couldn’t stop watching the cypher, fascinated by the creativity, the technique and the style of the competitors, under the eye of an international jury composed of Mounir, Lilou and Pelezinho. A few days before the contest, Mounir had coached some dancers, including Noé, with his program Objectif Red Bull BC One. Noé then offered an original breakdancing style, perfectly balanced between technique and musicality. Young, atypical, he emerged as the man of the day!

Competitors - PerformanceBut there’s a new challenge opening for the winner: first selected in Toulouse before winning tonight, he will now face his European counterparts on October 11th in Helsinki. He will be accompanied by two “wild card” French dancers drafted among tonight’s participants.

Last but not least: if he wins in Helsinki, he will face some of the best dancers in the world during the world finals, to be held in Paris on November 29th. To date, only one dancer had been able to go through all the steps: French b-boy Mounir, in 2012. Is Noe ready to meet the challenge?

Bboy Summit 2014.. What a Long, Strange Trip its Been.

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The inspiration for the 20th, was exactly that, acknowledging and paying tribute to the legacy of the Summit’s 20 years in Hip-Hop. In essence it was many of our 20th tribute, as Summit has documented our experience in the game over these last 20 years, all elements. Since Summit has always been a Hip-Hop event, in homage to the Bboys and Bgirls, it’s important to look at where we have been (what conditions birthed Bboy Summit), and where we are going (what current conditions do we face, where are we headed?). The Summit was my idea and brought to light with the help of Easy Roc, JLove, and SD Zulu One (San Diego Zulu Nation Chapter). I was truly inspired by the plight of the Bboys and Bgirls in Hip-Hop, as they were not being respected by those in their own culture. So the Summit was born to pay tribute to the art form of Bboying, and to protect its legitimacy and legacy in Hip-Hop. Now 20 years later the Summit continues to bring forth bold new concepts while keeping true to the aesthetics of traditional Hip-Hop culture. The name significance of Bboy Summit, means the highest point, the top, and I strive to keep the integrity of a quality production that is based around a creative inspiration and theme, keeping the continuity of that concept as the platform for Summit. So that is why it is never the same, but the cultural connection to knowledge and skills interwoven into the platform stays intact yearly.

bboy_summit_1995_Lets dive right into the sunburst that was Bboy Summit Soulstice 2014! The universe truly reigned its blessing on our beloved Summit 20th. The ambition: to produce a stellar event without a budget, with no sponsor support or real financial contributions or restrictions, to not make money a factor, and to make the event FREE. Could it be done? Si, se puede! When the mission is pure, success cannot be denied.

Running strictly off heavy fumes of LOVE, we power styled our way in to the historic East LA hood of Boyle Heights, with the Bonnie and Clyde Throwdown, 3 Challenges of Graffiti Battle, Summit OSA Collabo, Hip-Hop Leaders Where Are They?, and Bboy/Bgirl LifeStyle Panels, DJ/MC Talent Showcase and Hip-Hop Festival Marketplace.

I always like to kick things off with a smaller, intimate event just for the Bboys and Bgirls. This year we held a special collabo party with Stuntman’s Originality Stands Alone brand. Together we came up with a concept battle that goes with his OSA brand vision: keep your style unique, original. This was a solo battle, for those Bboys and Bgirls with a unique style to themselves, not traditional. These cats usually get overlooked so we wanted to have something for them. Dig it? Stunts added a crazy catch to the battle, in the final round you can pick a judge to battle instead of your opponent. Big ups to the judges who epitomized the battle concept: Kujo, Flexum, Rawbzilla. They all ended up battling, nuff said. The vibe for the evening was 90’s Hip-Hop, that birthed freestyle dance, which influenced Bboying during that period. Mark Luv was taking out some Zulu aggression on the tables, cutting, scratching, and mixing in his patent style. Luman and Ervin added some 90’s flava, going from the faster Kane, Rakim, Organized Konfusion tracks to the loopy style of Freestyle Fellowship and Pharcyde. Notables of the night were Heat Roc out of NYC, Crissy B, Lil Rock, Aaron Assasin, VoVera, and Tapachi. Everbody was munching on tamales in the Breed St. Shul, the first Jewish synagogue in Boyle Heights established in 1923. The temple blessed us, and we ended the night with a special teaser by Ruthless Ramsey on the art of cassette tape scratching.

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Saturday was epic. The solstice beamed down an energy that projected pure positivity. You had hard core writers squashing age old beef while checking out the 3 Challenges of Graffiti Battle featuring 20+ yr legacy crews: UTI, WCA, UCA, RTN, K2S, RF, TDK, LOD, LTS. Each crew sent a member to battle for $1,000 donated by Ill Skillz Clothing. Cre8/RTN, JoeX2/RF, Bazar/WCA, Basher/LOD, Versus/LTS, Prime/K2S, Fear/UTI, Spie/TDK, Damet/UCA all displayed handstyles via crew rollcall, throwup, and pieced up the word FLY. Judges Hex/TGO, West/TC5/FC, Steve Gordy (LA Graffiti Book) took all 3 challenges into consideration and awarded Versus the win. The win was controversial, but judged fairly. So be it. At the end of the day, even with a point system and criteria art is subjective. Seeing Slick and Hex shaking hands made me realize how iconic graffiti battle history has become, and how legends are made. Miles from Breakestra & Funky Sole was spinning heavy vinyl funk outdoors for the crowd hangin out checkin out the battle. Raw Data added the trippy beatset, and Ruthless Ramsey gave us a full set of cassette scratching. DJ Bonds worked the 90’s angles in elementally while MC Scatterbrain flowed freestyle in between sets by Grand Official, Rough City, The Branch, Name Science, Ellaykule, CR, Jizzm and Dr Oop.

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Inside Ken Swift was finishing up his Vintage Flavor Workshop for a packed house, giving back story to build the picture of how these classics were used in battles. We moved directly into the panels, the first being Hip-Hop Leaders (Where are They?) This panel, moderated by Mark Luv, featured both activist organizations in Hip-Hop like Juice, Gr818ers, Zulu Nation, as well as individuals Olmeca, and Bambu Pistola representing more of a socio-political angle on society as a whole. The combination produced a significant conversation of why leadership is not present in Hip-Hop and how we can stimulate it, and mentor leaders in Hip-Hop to help fight for human rights and social justice. Changing direction, the Bboy/Bgirl panel, moderated by me, featuring Beta, Jeskilz, Cros, Team Monster (Crumbs, Machine), and Fienz, the topic was purely about the social/economic business of Bboying as a Lifestyle.

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We touched on sponsorship, new organizations like UDEF, and budding association UBA, events, and how to stimulate financial growth in this community in a fair, and empowering way. We didn’t waste anyone’s time, gave valuable information, and empowered Bboys/Bgirls in attendance to stay unified when it comes to setting and supporting ethical business standards for our artform. After knowledge was laid, it was time to start the Bonnie and Clyde battle warmups with the 206 Zulu’s Cues and Tecumseh maning the wheels. Ready for whatever, we jump started the eliminations and the judges: Beta, Gremz, and Ken Swift cut it down to the real competitors and established the top 16.

We ran thru it, testing the endurance of the duos, who were warm and showed up for the battle. Noteables were Lil Rock & Eri, Fidget & Nasty Ray, Supernaturals, Concrete Allstars, Wired Monkeys, with the win going to BGSK: Mimi & Jules. Energy, and heat jumped off the exposed brick, while the windowless air conditioning allowed the pigeons box seats. But we are in LA, and LA is Popping history, so without further ado, it was time to let the Funk Freaks take over Leanrocks spot, who spun for the B/C battles and let the funk fly. After a sexy judges showcase by Scorpio, No Bone Tyrone, and OG Ace Rock, we let the duos get loose over nasty grooves. JT the hypest MC keep it moving along w DJ Haze. Noteables were Furious Styles Crew, Cali Creatures. At the end of the day, it went to Baby Wockee and Popping John, proving that male and females still hit harder. We closed it out as the sunset, milking the last drop of daylight that the solstice gave us. Pigeons flew the coup.

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Finishing things off at Beat Swap Meet was ideal. Bridging 2 of the most loved LA events brought the crowd to Chinatown, to mix an mingle with vinyl heads moving weight outta crates. As Bruce Lee’s bronze statue watched over us, we made sure to honor his legacy of raw physicality. The floor was set ablaze once the MZK Crew Callout began, the circle tightened up like spandex on a fat girl. Cues and Tecumseh, official Summit mixtape DJ’s, keep the floor hot, while Concrete Allstars took the battles over to the concrete. Shoutouts to BGSK, Squishy Docious, Urban Influences, Furious Styles, and all the other crews battling. I keep one of the circles live with challenges: sixstep variations, spins, and toprocks, handing out Supreme product to dope cats. Luman, and Kid Riz jumped on the vinyl only decks, and we ended the day with a special 90’s Bboy and Bgirl only cipher, just for kicks. Everyone in the area got a parting gift: Bboy Summit Mixtape and Bruce didn’t have to move a muscle. Honor, good will were felt. It sealed the deal to me, after 20 years on the West Coast, Summit will stay put, where it was born in the 90’s, reflecting the Hip-Hop foundation and culture out of New Year, and the Golden Era, West Coast contribution infused with the funk movement of LA, Locking and Popping History. This is the Summit.

Thank you to all the talent that donated their time for the love of it, and for everybody who came and took part. See you again in the future! Bboy Summit is produced by No Easy Props, a 501c3 nonprofit company. If you want to support by grabbing up a Summit shirt, this will help us. We have Large and XL only. Go to www.gofundme.com/bboysummit and donate $15, include the size (l,xl,xxl) and your address and you will receive by mail. Peace!

OSA Origins -Our Story Aloud

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101 Tribe. A crew founded by 2 taggers in Pasadena, California,1993. DEPT & THAIR aka DEE ROC & STUNTMAN.

OSA (Originality Stands Alone) is a quote taken directly from something DEE ROC would say. STUNTMAN adopted it and can trace its echoes back to 1996, even though it was said before that.

By the late 90’s 101 had died down and many members quit. Stuntman had been rolling solo and building with many dancers throughout California. Though his goal was to be down with Style Elements Crew, he would travel and enter battles. On a few occasions he entered battles as Originality Stands Alone. It was not a crew yet a state of mind that was being pushed. By 2000 Stuntman was an official SEC member, but had build a huge relationship with both RawbZilla and Midus. Any time this guys entered they would enter as OSA. Sometimes even including other dancers; Battle Tactics, Freestyle Session, Ice Breaker just to name a few. Most notable was Lords of the Floor 1 & 2, where RawbZilla and Stuntman left a Huge mark.

Throughout the 2000’s the 3 continued to push the envelope of Originality, as well as their own agendas. International travel, titles, battles, and a video called DETOURS also aided in the spread of the movement.

In early 2000 a performance group named Hope in Hollywood was born. Years later Stuntman would rename it OSA (One Step Ahead). Still active to this day with theatre, film, and performance, the main members were Marissa Labog (Mighty), Roberto Lambaren (RawbZilla), and Ricky RocAny (Stuntman).

Now fast forward to 2008. Germany BOTY pre-party. A Spaniard named Artis steps to Stuntman and an exchange takes place. A very respectful relationship begins between the 2. Artis expresses his OSA following and asks to be put in. Again OSA is not a crew, but a movement. It’s almost safe to say you don’t get in you get down! The bond between these dancers led to the birth of Furious Styles Crew Spain Chapter. An Arizona crew birthed in 1993; Stuntman runs the Cali chapter and Artis the Spain one…

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Through the years many people approached OSA in hopes of “getting in”, but there’s nothing to get in to. In 2010 a young dancer from Texas named PawFlo met Stuntman at Vicious Germs anniversary. A vibe clicked right away and they became friends. PawFlo later asked to be down. Down indeed.

Last few years the collective known as OSA have been making ripples.

RawbZilla is an active member of Master Movements Crew, who have a rich history with 101. He also runs a bistro and is a member of a prestigious dance company named Heidi Deckler. He’s married and owns a house in Pasadena.

Midus, now a member of Style Elements Crew, is very involved with his community and has relocated to his motherland, Armenia.

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PawFlo, a member of Sole Power is super active in Texas. Throwing jams, performing, and battling. Artis still runs FSC Spain where he teaches, performs, battles, and is throwing their 4 year anniversary.
Stuntman? Well Stuntman has been quite the busy guy… He continues to repp FSC Cali, is associate director of One Step Ahead, who have sense recruited Lady LeX, Ace, and Odin Rock, and is Style Elements Crew. He also works for a non-profit after school organization. He is a father and newly proud grandfather. He trains, teaches, and competes as much as he can.

Late 2013 Stuntman with the guidance of Midus and blessings from all involved, launched a clothing line. OSA Clothing. Originality Stands Alone has made the leap. The last few months have been real busy. Have a full running web site and web store. Vending when available and, most recently, in collaboration with Bboy Summit their first event. The movement is real!

Be on the lookout. Support your global originals. Stand with us.

Visit www.osadance.com
or shop directly at osaclothing.madefreshly.com

RICKY ROCANY
better known as
..:STUNTMAN:..
*Style Elements*
Furious Styles Crew
www.FSC93.com
www.facebook.com/RocAnyStuntman