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
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Apple Confirms Buying Beats For $3 Billion

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Story By Steve Knopper and Jason Newman

Three weeks after rumors broke of Apple’s purchase of Beats Electronics, the company has confirmed that it is buying the headphone and streaming music service for $3 billion, $200 million less than the originally reported amount. Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, the company’s co-founders, will join Apple in unspecified roles as part of the deal.
Apple said in a statement that, subject to regulatory approvals, the company will close the deal in the fourth quarter of their fiscal year, or by September 28th.

“I’ve always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple,” Iovine said in a statement. “The idea when we started the company was inspired by Apple’s unmatched ability to marry culture and technology. Apple’s deep commitment to music fans, artists, songwriters and the music industry is something special.”
“Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” Apple’s CEO Tim Cook added. “That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.”

Universal Music Group (UMG) Chairman and CEO Lucian Grange praised Iovine in a statement, noting that “history teaches us that great entrepreneurs are few and far between.”

“Jimmy Iovine is one of that small number of entrepreneurs who, by doing so much so well in so many different arenas, have left their indelible mark,” Grange said. “Based on mutual trust and respect, UMG’s singular relationship with Jimmy permitted his innovation to flourish in all these ways. We thank Jimmy for both the incomparable leadership he’s provided to Interscope and UMG and for the highly beneficial partnership UMG has enjoyed with Beats. We wish Jimmy the very best and look forward to enhancing our partnerships with Apple and Beats for many years to come.”
Apple reps have not specified the company’s strategy in buying Beats, but analysts and experts have filed dozens of speculative reports. Some say Apple is seeking Beats’ audio technology to beef up tinny-sounding MacBook speakers and even tinnier-sounding earbuds. Others say the play is for Beats Music, the streaming service that has emerged as a competitor to Spotify, although reports have leaked that it has only 111,000 users. Still others suggest the purpose is to fold celebrity businessmen Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre into Apple as a posthumous replacement for the late Steve Jobs’ star power.
Iovine and Dre founded Beats by Dre in 2006 after recognizing a niche in the high-end headphones market between expensive audiophile models and earbuds, which had become ubiquitous with the rise of the iPod earlier in the decade. “Apple wasn’t focused on sound,” Iovine said earlier this year. “They were selling an iPod.”
Beats is the number-one headphones maker, bringing in more than $500 million in revenue in 2012. The company expanded into streaming music in January, launching its $10-per-month Beats Music, hiring Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor as chief creative officer and emphasizing “curation” — advising music fans on what songs to play. It was a smart move, as streaming music has become more dominant over the past two years and iTunes-style sales of albums and tracks have plunged. But Beats’ low user numbers may suggest that the streaming business is already full.

 

DJ E-Z Rock, Hip Hop Pioneer Who Recorded ‘It Takes Two,’ Dies At 46

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Rodney “Skip” Bryce, the hip hop artist who as DJ E-Z Rock enjoyed a breakout in the late ‘80s with “It Takes Two”, has died at 46. At time of writing, there was no verifiable information on the cause of his death.

DJ E-Z Rock had the biggest hit of his career alongside fellow Harlem artist Rob Base on “It Takes Two,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Songs chart in 1988 and helped its parent album (also called “It Takes Two”) to platinum certification.

The song went on to be sampled by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Gang Starr and mashup artist Girl Talk, and has appeared in video games and movie soundtracks.

The album peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard 200 (an impressive effort for a hip hop album at the time) and also yielded the singles, “Joy and Pain” and “Get on the Dance Floor,” which topped the Billboard Dance/Club Songs chart.

Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock would split soon after, only to reunite in 1994 for the album “Break of Dawn.”

News of his passing emerged from the hip hop community and quickly spread on social media. The likes of Biz Markie, DJ Red Alert and DJ Scratch have posted condolences, while Rob Base uploaded on his Instagram page a picture of Bryce with the message, “R.I.P Skip (DJ E-Z Rock) my friend. My brother.”

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Top Notch 2014 Review

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Big shout outs to Kennedy Center for sponsoring the event! Shout out to One Mic Festival for collaborating with Words Beats Life! Big thanks to Rokafella, Narumi, and Ghost for judging the event with me! It was an honor to judge alongside all of you! Thanks to all 8 invited crews (HAVIKORO, Massive Monkees, Dynamic Rockers, 360 Flava, Supreme Breaks, Boogie Brats, Fallen Kingz, Universal Alchemy) who came through to support and made the battles super hype! DJ Fleg killed it on the 1′s & 2′s! Shout outs also to Trus Real and Kwikstep for MCing and keeping the crowd live and engaged!

The event had an amazing turnout! B-boys and b-girls from all over came out to support and battle. There had to have been about a total of 1,500-2,000 people going in and out throughout the whole event! Lots of families came to have their kids participate in my “Intro to Breaking” workshop and both Narumi and Rokafella’s advanced workshops were completely full.

The battles were hype and at the highest level ever I think within the DMV scene. Fallen Kingz, Morris & Kareem, had a rough start but managed to pull through with the win for $10,000! Boogie Brats, El Nino & Vicious, took home the 2nd place prize of $2,000! There weren’t any complaints about the judges’ calls during the battles except for when Goofball & Assassin lost and when Benny & Tiger lost. Those two crews seemed to be the crowd favorites!

One of the battles from Top Notch filmed by Stance:
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IT’S FOR US | ES PARA NOSOTROS | www.TCKPRO.com

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First and foremost I have to thank God for blessing me with the ability to do what I love for a living! With a big sigh of relief and a big ole’ grin on my face I’m happy to announce that my documentary IT’S FOR US | ES PARA NOSOTROS is finally done!

Thank you to all of you that made this possible!!

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Marlon & Rudy Rexx (Havikoro) talks History & Shout outs | Havikoro 15th Anniversary | #SXSTV

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History of HAVIKORO

It all started around 94/95 when Blas Pereyra came up with the acronym of K.O.R.O. (Knights of Rhythm Odyssey).Him, Sergio Doniz, Mario, Shadow, and Big Rick aka Indian Rick were the founding members. And previously represented in a crew called Warehouse.
All inspired by dancers like Phatheadz, Nubian Nomadz, Moptop crew.
KORO was primarily a House/Freestyle dance crew. Other crews that existed around the time consisted of G-Tribe, KAOS breakers (who were responsible for bringin breakin back from the dead in Houston Texas), StreetStyle, Kaliko, Breakforce, Akshun Figaz, REbel Crew, Rock Skittles Krew (My man Coo Breeze was responsible for bringing that crew from Vegas), and W.H.Y.N.O.S. (We have your nutz on skills). After a couple years of representin in Houston, KORO developed good relationships with WHYNOS and KAOS breakers. Around 96 all 3 crews started a unity crew by the name of URBAN BUS (which was also named by Blas). It wasnt til around 96 or 97 that Breakin influence was introduced to KORO by myself, WHYNOS and KAOS (ala Colcutz, Ragland, Mike etc). Around late 97 all of WHYNOS got blessed in KORO. WHile that was going on it was only a matter of time before another crew by the name of Visual Rhythm (Lil John, Lil Rick, Felix, Lil Eric) got blessed in KORO. With some members coming and going, it remained one of the most respected crews in Texas just from the versatility the group had.
Years went by and another crew that was introduced to KORO from the help of the old Visual RHythm members was HAVIK BBOYS (MOY, Nat, Maya, Jesse,CHuy, Ricky, and the other Rick). And at almost every jam that went down in Texas..it was always Havik and Koro battling for 1st place. Even though Havik and Koro were friends. Battles got heated at times. Another opportunity for Havik and KORO to battle each other was at Out for fame 2000 in Houston. And it was for the 1st place prize in Houston (which was free plane tickets to Chicago for Out for fame Semi Finals) KORO ended up winning the contest. But when it came time to fly to Chicago, a member by the name of Joel could not go because of school. We all voted and Moy from Havik ended up going to Chicago (O.F.F team was Me, lil John, Marlon, Mario and Moy). And that was official HAVIKORO was born. Chicago Out for Fame was the first day we represented the HAVIKORO T-SHIRT. Even at the time of FreestyleSession 5…Havik and KORO were still 2 different crews at that time.
For the people that sincerely care…I hope this helped out.

Peace
RUDYREXX HAVIKORO

Video Credits: STEP x STEP DANCE: Uniting Dancers Around The World
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Nas-Produced ‘Shake the Dust’ Trailer: Can Break Dancing Save the World?

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“The Butler” co-producer David Jacobson is behind the documentary portrait of young dancers in Colombia, Cambodia, Uganda, and Yemen.

“We’re not running after fame or fortune,” says one of the b-boys interviewed for the new dance documentary Shake the Dust. “We’re running after change.”

Journalist-turned-documentarian Adam Sjoberg’s new film sprawls across four countries to chronicle the stories of young hip-hop fans. To teenagers in South America, Africa and Asia, the cultural movement isn’t about fame or fortune it’s about hope and their individual power. Sjoberg discovers that through break dancing, young people are enacting social change around the globe.
Producer David Jacobson, who recently co-produced Lee Daniels’ The Butler, is spearheading Shake the Dust along with Sjoberg’s Loose Luggage Media and in association with Dave Stewart’s Weapons of Mass Entertainment and Wild Hair Media. Having left a stamp on the hip-hop world, rap artist Nas is on board as executive producer. He’ll also provide original music for the film.

“What these kids are doing around the world reminds me why I fell in love with hip-hop and how important it is as a creative and constructive outlet,” Nas said in a statement. “After hearing Adam’s vision for this project and hearing the stories, I was incredibly excited to help bring the film to global audiences who need to hear this surprising message of empowerment.”