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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”

Apple Confirms Buying Beats For $3 Billion

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Dr. Dre

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.