This year it will be my turn to judge the USA national finals of the Red Bull BC One. It is all happening in Las Vegas on August 15th, 2014. Make sure to tune in on Red Bull TV or if your in the Sin City then drop in and show some love.
Just want to say that the list of competitors looks serious. This year I will just be a spectator for the world finals but I would love to see a US bboy bring back the title. The US is filled with talent and some of the best battle bboys in the world. Our scene still preserves a battle essence even if it is in a competitive matter. From west to east the battles take place weekly, small or big it doesn’t matter. The same way you bboys rock battles in cyphers and local events. It’s the same approach you gotta have when hitting this BC One stage. Many cypher battles now a days only last a few rounds anyways so you shouldn’t separate your battle approach. How many times have you seen 3 round battles go down in a cypher? Ive seen quite a few. Even though I never understood why you would battle someone only 3 rounds if there is no judges or round limit. In that environment its about proving your point. So if you can prove your point in a 3 round cypher battle then you can prove the same on a 3 round battle. Of course the vibe around you isn’t the same because your on a stage battling. I would say to keep your focus on your opponent and show the world what your style is about. A battle is a battle 2 round, 3 rounds or 20. The moment you think this is a show is the moment you have lost the battle.
This last March on my first trip of the year. I got the chance to visit France for the first time in 2 years. On this trip I got to hang with fellow Red Bull BC One All Star Lilou. Lilou invited me to take a visit to his city of Lyon and stay at his house for a few days. While there we filmed and walked around the places he grew up and practiced at. Even went to the infamous Opera house where he and Pockemon developed their dance. I even got called out and did a few rounds with some of the guys there. Always good and ready to battle. No big stages or audiences needed, just about respect and dance.
It was dope experience for me getting to hang and step into his world. He still lives in the neighborhood he grew up in, which is the equivalent of what we in america call the projects. Vaux En Velin is the second poorest city in France. Just hanging around him in his neighborhood you can see why, it keeps him grounded in life and close to his roots. We represent where we’re from or where we were raised. So there is always that connection and and inspiration you get from those around you.
Here is a little recap Lilou put together on my journey through his Hood!
On the Red Bull Music channel, they recently featured the story about the song Boogie Down Bronx by Man Parrish. This track was such a rare beat for us. It was not featured on any of the Street Jam cd’s that were released or at least the ones we had. The first time I heard this song was in a battle I had against a local known bboy. Maybe it was the rarity of it, but we all used to love getting down to this song. It is interesting to see the story behind some of the music we used to get down to.
During my first year of breaking, the music we danced to was nothing like the break beats we dance to today. We used to dance to electro funk music that was rereleased on Street Jams cd’s. These cd’s would feature all different 80′s artist and their songs. Songs like Planet Rock and Jam On It were the songs that were always being played when guys would break. This is before I ever saw any bboy videos, or got schooled on break beats. Even when we watched movies like Beat Street, and Breakin’ most of the music they played on the movies we’re on these cd’s. I’ve shared many similar stories with bboys from my generation.
My first time in 5 years going back to into the heart of my birthplace, Mexico. Here is a preview of whats to come from this journey. The video was shot and edited by Stance. What a fun weekend going back to Mexcio and getting to see how much the scene has developed. The energy I received from going back was amazing. Hope to make it back sooner then later. Enjoy the clip and tune back in to watch the full video coming out soon.
Want to thank The BBoy Spot for backing this project and Stance for coming out and filming the project.
Mi primera vez en 5 anos que regreso a Mexico para un evento the baile. Aquí esta un avance al video que vamos a sacar en unas semanas sobre el viaje a Mexico. Fue una gran fin de semana, y la energía que recibe fue increíble. Gracias a todos los bboys/bgirls de Mexico por el apoyo que me ensenaron en este viaje. Ogala regresare muy pronto. Disfruten el video y sigan regresando para ver el video actual en unas semanas.
Here is Betwn TheBrks new feature on BoogeyMan from Freakshow. It was filmed and edited by Christopher Woon. Great feature so check it out and see the commitment and passion BoogeyMan has for Breaking and his Jiu Jitsu Much respect and wishing him all the success.
Follow along and subscribe to their youtube channel as they will be releasing new content coming to you directly from our scene. Told by the ones that live it, we must control our own and present it to the world.
Here is the teaser for Break’N Reality Season 2. It will be premiering on May 3rd on Red Bull TV. So tune in and follow along for a year in the lives of RoxRite, Kid David, Jeskilz, and Ronnie. An interesting look into our lives as BBoys/Bgirls that live from our dance.
Break’N Reality Season 2 is going to be released soon. Be sure to keep an ear out and tune in to follow the likes of Kid David, Ronnie, Jeskilz and myself RoxRite. It was an incredible experience being a part of season 1. They captured a very special moment in my life. So to be back for season 2 of Break’N Reality was a pleasure. This time around you get to see 4 different perspectives on living from our passion. They say the best job you could ever have, is the one your passionate about. It is true because it will not feel like something you have to do.
So tune in and make sure to keep an ear out for its release.
Here are some photos from behind the scenes. All these photos we’re provided by director Max Haidbauer and came from his blog. So check it out and see all the behind the scenes imagery there.
Just want to congratulate my crew Renegades on winning in Taiwan. Always proud to see the guys go somewhere and take home the crown. Your crew has to be deep in terms of skill and bboys. You don’t always want to rely on the same guys to do all the battles. A more well rounded crew will always be harder to battle and defeat. There are some real dope crews out there as well that can go out and handle battles. Much respect.
United we stand divided we fall.. Here is a big announcement! 8 of the biggest events in the world have come together to create a champions battle at the end of the year. The World BBoy Series, Undisputed! It will be a 1 on 1 battle where the 8 one on one winners of Freestyle Session Worldwide, Red Bull BC One, The Notorious IBE Fanpage, Chelles Battlepro, Outbreak Europe, R16 KOREA, Battle Of The Year, UK B-Boy Championships, will get a shot at each other and be crowned as champion of champions.
To be honest this is a major step up in the community. All the biggest events coming together and building something for the bboys/bgirls to work for. There is a new challenge and the question is who is going to take this title home. People ask whats next in breaking or where it will be in 5 years. With something like this coming together it is showing us there is big opportunities for the future. We all have to elevate ourselves skill wise and professionally.
How many battles have you won?? I’m sure many of us have got a few under our belt. It’s not easy but it can be done. So usually when winning a battle you are given some kind of prize. Now don’t get it wrong it is always appreciated to receive something and we know it is not easy putting on events for promoters. Have you ever won something and wondered why they even gave you the prize?
Sometimes it seems as if vendors just throw whatever leftovers they have to give away. If you want your brand to be seen then make sure you give the winners something they will want to wear or share. A lot of promoters do a good job of making sure the prizes are put together well. There are many funny stories that we have heard, but here is one that we hope you will enjoy. It is based on a true story so please check it out, share and enjoy.
What’s the weirdest prize you won?? Feel free to share your story and leave it in the comments.
Also this is a skit and we are not professional actors we are just trying to give a message. haha