Check out this awesome mix tape from our facebook fan Ismael Telepathy Rivera, straight out of brooklyn, NY. He has been making beats since '95. He has done MANY things in the hip hop culture in his hometown, not to mention hosting bboy battles. Stay tuned for the final release of this lp as this is just a sample.
From the creator: "Peace party people, I cant stop and wont stop. Hip Hop is my way of life. This beat is off the Rammellzee project. This is a ruff draft. I could not mention all the crews that inspired this because the track will end up being like 12 mins long. So, I'm paying homage to the elements of hip hop and a few graff and b-boy crews...enjoy! - RUFF DRAFT"
Good head spins, bad head spins, we all see a bit of both sides. I want to address a few points most people will not consider. Most of the time when you see head spins, they are really good. I don’t think I know anyone who will attempt a head spin outside of “practice” unless they were somewhat continuous head spins.
When I first started training head spins I was in my basement on a folding table down on the ground and a helmet. Even with a helmet I still went through some pain and frustration. The key about head spins is that everyone including the bboys with the best head spins has to go through pain, tenderness, flaking of the scalp, soreness and then more pain! there is no bypassing any of it. no pain, no gain is still the model. If you can endure it all? only then will you have a chance to have good head spins.
Lets put it ALL into perspective. Helmet or head spin hat, no matter what. “beginners” once your on a head stand, all your weight and pressure is on your neck and the top of your head. If you begin to tap for your first rotation this will be the most painful part of the learning process. After about a few days and a few attempts, most bboys would have called it quits due to little or no progress for the amount of tenderness. If you can suck it up and let the pain take its course you’ll get past the first few taps within days. I like to look at this point as “hard work paid off”. Now that your in rotation most of the pressure on your neck and the crown of your head is now moving outwards. kinda like spinning on one foot with your arms out to the sides as fast as you can, all the blood pressure is felt in your hands and fingers.
Now for the riders? SOLID is key.. Ive witnessed a lot of people in my days trying to correct there own head spins once they are in a ride by trying to catch there balance. this is a big NO NO!!! My advise is to let the mistake fix itself. as long as you stay firm or SOLID your ride will continue. by trying to catch your balance, your probably doing more harm than good. By locking your body’s position whether it be drills, bicycles, 7’s, mushrooms, etc. Your wobble will correct itself with a little bit of effort once you hit a few rotations.
Another mistake I’ve seen a few people make is learning bicycles (one leg in front and the other in back) before learning what I like to call “chairs” (both legs in front as if your sitting in a chair). The reason behind this is because once your used to doing bikes, its extremely hard to learn any other head spin positions. Most of the other positions besides drills consist of using your neck for counterbalance. 7’s for example consist of reaching for your toes, legs straight and together while your head tilts up as if your sticking out your chin. A position which is nearly impossible to learn without learning chairs first.
I learned taps within 2-3 weeks. took almost a full month to just begin to ride hitting 3-4 spins each time. If i could do it? anyone could.
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We wanted to give a mad shout-out to Dance2Live for organizing King of Hearts 6. This 3 day event was incredible. Congrats to Havikoro for taking the 1st place. StrifeTV has put together an awesome trailer, check it out here:
This event was great!
We are super excited about this event. Our friend Airsick is introducing a "1 round killer" concept and it sounds interesting! We will be at the jam in full force with our Colorado fam! We will only be able to bring a few things. So, check us out ahead of time and message us if you have a special request.
Presented by Silverback Bboy Events & Sanctioned by UDEF
.................PRO BREAKING TOUR UDEFtour.org.................
January 18th 2014
6 PM - 12 AM
ALL AGES EVENT UNTIL MIDNIGHT. 21 up after midnight. DUE TO THE AFTER PARTY!! Details on that soon! Flyer also coming soon!
1 VS 1 BBOY BATTLE (Main Event)
1st Place = $750.00
2nd Place= $500.00
3rd Place= $250.00
4th Place= $250.00
5th Place= $50.00
6th Place= $50.00
7th Place= $50.00
8th Place= $50.00
ALLSTYLES CYPHER KILLER AWARD
2 Dancers will receive this award
Cypher Killer 1 $100.00
Cypher Killer 2 $100.00
SPECIAL SHOW BY: FLYBOYS INTERNATIONAL
Great Venue with very nice floor! The venue will be created into a party vibe type of atmosphere! This way there will be a lot of cyphers! And hopefully call outs!
For those who are flying into town. You want to fly into Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, MO! There are many hotels near the airport! However, if you need housing please contact me so I can notify some people so you will have a place to stay!
MC: Flyboy Doc (Flyboys International)
VENDORS: 50 dollars per vendor. Nice areas to vend! Please Contact: Erick Airsick Billings
Damage: 15 Dollars (It will be worth every penny)
Camera fee: $5.00 (We will have our own videographer)
Online payment is no longer available. It ended December 31st, 2013.
1 VS 1 BBOY BATTLE FOR $500 CASH!
This will NOT be just like every other event that you go to. All the rules to every battle will be noted! The Judges views will be posted on the event page and then again clarified at the event! All the Judges for the Bboy Battle will have at least 10 years of experience under their belt and are respected within the breakin community. Judges will be posted very shortly as they confirm. We have interviewed each and every judge we select to make sure they not only are good bboys but they also understand competitions and the art form. Lastly, we are trying our hardest to stay away from being biased toward competitors. Originally we weren't going to allow anyone to battle if they were in the same crew as 1 of the 3 judges. We decided if one of the judges crew members enters the competition that judge will be replaced with our substitute judge during that battle so we can eliminate as much bias as we can.
On the wheels of steel:
DJ: SoulRane (Las Vegas)
1 VS 1 BBOY BATTLE JUDGES:
Judge #1 DIZZY (Motion Disorderz, Milwaukee, WI/ Tampa,FL)
Judge #2 SWELLZ (Fallen Kingz Sacramento, CA)
Judge #3 FREEDOM (ENI, St.Louis)
Substitute Judge: TYQUAN (Mighty Zulu Kingz)
1 VS 1 BBOY BATTLE RULES:
1) There will be no preliminary round. If you sign up you will get to battle. If we have 85 bboys to enter then all 85 will get to battle. No questions asked.
2) You will only get 1 ROUND per battle all the way to the finals(see rule number 3). This will promote no holding back! This also allows room for bboys who don't have big names to take out a bigger name if they mess up and you do great!
3) The final battle will be 5 ROUNDS! It will be pretty impressive to see someone who can kill it in 1 round and in a 5 round battle at the end!
4) If one of the judges crew members enters the competition that judge will be replaced with our substitute judge during that battle so we can eliminate as much bias as we can. If both bboys entering have a crew member on the judging panel then both judges will stay in their seats and judge the battle.
5) Ties: We will not be using "majority rules". If judge A calls a Tie, judge B calls a Tie, but judge C votes for the guy on the left then the guy on the left will be the winner of the battle with 1 point. Also, if the battle does end up being a tie. The only way this can happen is if judge A says the guy on the left won, judge b says the guy on the right won, and the last judge calls a tie(or vice versa). In this case the judge that called a tie(who was undecided)will be the only judge in the tie-breaker round.
ALLSTYLES CYPHER KILLER AWARD RULES:
1) There will be a 1 hour segment of all cyphers with a variety of party music. Whoever kills the cypher the most in that time will be crowned cypher killer. There will be secret judges watching who is killing the cyphers during that time.
1) Generation Bboy (Denver, CO)
Because this event is now sanctioned by The Pro Breaking Tour we will need ALL COMPETITORS to register as a Tour Competitor onwww.UDEFtour.org. This is very easy and only takes about 5 minutes or less! Less than 2 weeks away! GET HYPE!
First check out The VocaB's trailer for some dope footwork you've never seen before! This crew, The VocaB, won our sponsorship spot for August. They put together a crew trailer together for us. We love this crew because they are heavily influenced by African culture and focus on unique footwork as they emphasize the rhythm and mood of the music. They shared some stuff about themselves and you can read it here. Thanks Gnaarled for contacting us and sharing your style with the world!
Tell me more about your crew. How did your crew get together? The Vocab is a crew that was created October 2012. Our crew consists of three brothers. We always trained together and we decided we should be a team, so we took the step and made a name for ourselves.
Have you won any battles? We have just created our crew a few months. We participated in one battle together and we lost in the final.
Who are the bboys that have influenced you? We are influenced by African dance culture. But, we watch some of the old bboys in the world like machine, alien ness, ken swift, mr wiggels, lil zip, k mel, frosty freez, aby, trac 2 and some of the old bronx bboys crew.
What work do you do on the side or are you in school? We are all in school. Cj is studying in a local university. Gnarled, myself, is in high School. Sknrock is at Technology Institute and in his free time he work in publiciti impremirie.
What are things you DO NOT like to do? Our crew has three rules: First rule is no biting! Our second rule is don't loose the rhythm. And our third is don't live a lifestyle without music.
How would you describe your style? We totally define our style as a rhythm of any thing or any sound we hear. We are African so, like our country, our style is a rhythmically based.
What are your goals for the next year? We are planing to go out for international battles and develop our style and dance. Also we want to use our knowledge to create a school here in Morocco, North Africa to teach bboys and share our beliefs and also our culture .
Anyone you are grateful for in your scene that you want to acknowledge? We are grateful for any one on the earth in this planet that respects us, our style, culture, beliefs also the way we dance. Also, we are really grateful for Generation BBOY. It was really interesting for our crew to do this trailer and it helps us and can define our crew and style to the world.
peace. love. unity. having fun.
1. Decorate your bedroom.
Wherever you spend the most time that you are not bboying, take time to decorate that place with the things that inspire you and set up reminders about the things you want to accomplish. This could be printouts, posters, tshirts, fliers, shoes, anything! Studies have shown that decorated colorful workspaces increase creativity. Now, when you enter your room, you may think twice about PlayStation and instead put in some work.
2. Become an information and bboy workshop junkie.
Go to workshops! How many jams have been in your home town that had workshops that you didn't go to? All that opportunity is lost knowledge, lost experience, and lost wisdom. There’s magazines, interviews, DVD commentary, tutorials, making-ofs, breakdowns and more. Sure you may watch some stuff that you already know, but I can guarantee that there will be at least one nugget of invaluable information you can learn from every book or interview out there.
3. Surround yourself and train with bboys who are better than you.
Train with the best bboys that you can emotionally handle (If they are too good, you may get discouraged from training). It's scary how much of an effect our peers have on our life. Your skills are the statistical average of your 5 closest peers. Always be the least talented bboy, and as long as you practice, you will always get better much faster than if your peer group was all similar skill level.
4. Actually do tutorials, don't just watch.
“Tell me, I'll forget it. Show me, I'll remember. Involve me, I'll understand.” You'll retain the information longer by doing it, but you will also discover and realize how your own style works with the new material. Get in the habit of doing each tutorial you watch, use that pause button!
5. Learn one of your favorite bboy's rounds to "get a feel" for what a great set is like.
Flow is so vague. When you set out to purposefully learn someone's set move for move, you are gaining the intangible knowledge of what proper flow feels like. It should go without saying, that you will never use this knowledge during any cypher, battle, etc, because that's biting. It is for your private experience only. If you cannot do some of the moves in a set, replace them with similar movements (ie if they do an airflare, you could do a cartwheel). You don't have to do this forever, but if you're just starting out, it's essential to understand the vague fundamentals before moving onto more complicated movements. This awareness will be priceless as you critique your own sets.
6. Produce one original finished set each week.
First off we will give the word “set” some guidelines. We use our personal “Rule of 3”; meaning a choreographed piece with at least 3 moves, lasting at least 3 seconds, and transitioning between at least 3 levels. When you pretend you have time to do things tomorrow, you are indefinitely prolonging your right to success. Now is the only time to do things, and deadlines drive us towards finishing things. By forcing yourself to achieve this 1 week goal, you will dramatically stockpile your armory of moves.
7. Enter every battle and cypher possible.
Nothing can replace experience. Art is a form of expression. You have to express yourself to other people. Share your art or you will be all talk. Your experience from every battle will build on your confidence. If battles are rare in your area, do what I did, start promoting your own jams. There are no excuses. Hitch a ride out of state. Call people out in the cyphers.
8. Ask for honest critiques.
Bboys online are no longer looking for critiques, but for compliments and praise. Bboys that do this are putting their fragile emotions before their long term success. Be a B-Man! Ask for honest feedback on the content of your moves. Improving from battle to battle is invaluable if you want to become better at breaking and honest criticism is always better than, “you did good, bro.”
9. Keep your body healthy and functioning.
Focus on longevity and health. Learning the baby steps to power moves during workshops will keep your body healthy. Also focus on a clean diet. But there is more to it. Wear knee pads while breaking. Use headspin beanies, wrist protection, windbreakers, and any gear that will keep your body safe from the hazards of learning breaking. Generation BBOY sells all of the protective gear you could possibly want.
This will be the future of American Bboying. May we be blessed with a future so wonderful, where nothing good is lost, only good is gained, and only the best of each of us is brought out.
Through our retail business we communicate a lot with bboys in other states. We have sponsored a few events in these states. When this happens I have made sure to always ask if their state has some sort of bboy organization or association or league. I have found that most big scenes DO have some sort of bboy association. Each association is a little different from the others, but pretty much all of them want to, for lack of better words, take bboying to the next level. Some want to be local, but all like the idea of taking their league nation wide. Isn't "unity" one of the core values of hip hop? Doesn't this sound a little like a pro league type of sport?
I have met with a few big names and influential bboys from Colorado. We have talked about creating this association and from it we hope will come a Colorado league. With all these groups sprouting up around the US, a nation wide bboy league will eventually form. This is Generation BBOY's written prediction of what the future of the “American Bboy Association's” mission and purpose will look like. This will be the future of American Bboying:
If you want to bboy, why not get paid to be the best you can be? Eventually you're going to hit a point in life where you have to support yourself. As a bboy, you're going to realize you cannot do it through bboying with the status quo. The best bboys in the world have trouble making ends meet in the USA because there is no industry for bboys to thrive. This yet to be named association, can kick start that industry, bring in sponsors and fans, and get bboys the recognition and pay they deserve. UFC has come up in only the past 10 years. What if bboys got paid $100,000 each for an expo battle?
This association is not focused on all elements of hip hop, just bboying. Just like other elements of hip hop have branched off to form their own associations and groups, now is bboys time. This will be an association with a vision for enhanced socio-economic development through dance. That means (more or less) providing an opportunity for bboys to make bboying a living.
This organization with bring out the best in bboying for the world to see. It will share our culture with the main stream, not hide it in fear of it being misinterpreted or misused. It will help bboying to engage, inform, transform, sustain and entertain non bboys. Hip Hop is the fastest growing culture in the world has done more to unite youths from all corners of the earth than any government policy, no matter how well and good intended. It is for this reason that we have embraced Hip Hop dance as a vehicle for behavioral change and youth development.
There is a moral imperative to address youth issues since they are a large and physically visible group with no formal voice, and are vulnerable to deviant conduct and disruptive activities:
1. They are negatively affected by social and economic challenges.
2. Youth can be a positive force if integrated into development processes and will have more positive outlook on their future. They understand social media and can use it for good if good role models are in their lives.
3. In terms of economic efficiency, the costs of not supporting youth development are disastrous socially, politically and economically.
This association consists of a few parts. First, is a professional educational/information resource on bboying and the entertainment industry. We set standards for the local community to educate bboys about the commercial scene so they can represent themselves well and for them to know what certain types of jobs should pay so they are not jerked or sell themselves short. This also sets standards for businesses to know what they can expect to pay for quality bboy entertainment and budget accordingly.
Second, is the event side. There are 4 different types of bboy events which cater to different crowds: mainstream events with large cash prize and held usually once a year, seasonal league tournament type events that will rank bboys within that league (and events are held often within a season), old school block parties just for fun, and grassroots competitions which don't focus on prize such as IBE, EVOLUTION, FSS. Since our goal is for economic enhancement, we will focus on the first two of the three: Mainstream events with large cash prizes and seasonal tournament leagues. We will organize many smaller competitions which lead up to one large event, forming a league style tournament. This league style competition consists of 6-8 battles over a 4 month period. Crews battle each other and their win/loss records are kept. At the end of 4 months the top 4 or 8 crews are chosen and put into a bracket based on their ranking. At the finals the crews battle down to one winner. The champions receive round trip plane tickets to any jam in the USA they choose. We will promote bboying to all youth in Colorado in all areas regardless of background, race, beliefs, economic conditions.
This will grow the US bboy scene and provide local dancers with an opportunity to develop and test their skills. This is done through competitions/the league, and exhibitions involving both local and out of state dancers. The ultimate goal is to provide dancers with a chance to travel and to expose the local scene to bboys from all over the country and help bboying find the same success of any other national "sport".
What will the future hold? It is only a matter of time before we find out.
First check out his trailer! Dylan won $40 to the Gen BBOY store by simply sending us a trailer of himself. We Chose Dylan because he has lot of potential, he is an all around developed bboy, and has a good head on his shoulders. He shared with us some information about himself and we'd like to share it with you. Thanks Dylan! We appreciate you sharing your trailer with us.
What work do you do on the side or are you in school?
Yes, our entire crew is still in school! I'm 18, but the rest of the crew ranges from age 13-16, me being the oldest.Tell me more about your crew. How did your crew get together?
Our crew, Monsters On Beat (M.O.B.), got together during the summer of 2012, most of us had just starting breaking at the time, and we got together for the sole interest of representing the northern side of Texas, being from spring, there aren't many big places to break, and our community is small.
Have you won any battles?
...Houston however has a huge community, and we go there often trying to show that we too can compete at their level. Most of the time we lose. LOL.
Many of the battles we've been in are on our youtube page. http://www.youtube.com/user/MOBPRODUX
Who are the bboys that have influenced you?
There have been many bboys that have influenced our crew as a whole, Knuckleheads Cali, Assassin and Atsuki from Japan, Lionz of Zion, Jinjo. But those are just the more common ones that influence people all over the world. The local crews around here in Texas are a huge influence to all of us just starting out, Squirtle Squad, Jungle Brothers, and Hazardous Zombies are just a few that have made huge impacts on my own style.
What are things you DO NOT like to do?
No one in our crew does drugs, so I guess drugs are something we just don't like to do! haha.
How would you describe your style?
If I could, I would say, I like to act... to make the crowd laugh, to put on a story in the sets I throw out!
What are your goals for the next year?
Well our crew goals for next year are to train and enter Bboy City held in Texas, we didn't get to make it the past 2 years due to us not believing in our own abilities. However, we believe that we can go and get our name out there!
Anyone you are grateful for in your scene that you want to acknowledge?
We're grateful to everyone in the Texas scene, ESPECIALLY YA (Youth Advocates)! http://www.youtube.com/user/chasrotramel
They have played an important part in the growth of our group and we would like to keep on growing with their influences.
On February 10th, our friends from over seas tore it up in this video shoot for us. We hope you enjoy some of that special Japanese talent. They must have some great Sushi there to be doing these moves.
Organization 13 Crew
Hirakata City, Osaka, Japan
Music: Starry Sky YEAH! Remix - Capsule x Daft Punk x Beastie Boys
Filming and Editing: Sarina Tamura