"IF THESE FLOORS COULD TALK"

"IF THESE FLOORS COULD TALK"

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

RARE "Grandmaster Flash & The 4 MCs " 12/23/1978

A very rare recording of rap music pre-1979:

"Grandmaster Flash & The 4 MC's" Part 1/3

Live @ the Audubon Ballroom NYC 12/23/1978

Before they became "Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5" there were 4 MCs and the group was known as: ""Grandmaster Flash & The 4 MCs."

This was recorded before Rahiem joined the group. Cowboy went by the name of "Keith Keith" and Scorpio was known as "Mr. Ness."

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Grandmaster Flash (turntables)
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The 4 MCs:

Grandmaster Melle Mel
Mr. Ness
Keith Keith
Kidd Creole


Monday, December 13, 2010

JAMES BROWN'S OWN OUTLAW STYLE MOTORCYCLE VEST WITH PATCHES ON AUCTION

FEEL LIKE BEING A SEX MACHINE? BID FOR HIS VEST OR HIS JUMPSUITS!
Grab a final slice of the late Godfather of Soul as 350 items of personal memorabilia go up for sale

Motorcycle Vest
A Black leather motorcycle vest with On The Fringe tag in the collar features several patches including JB, Godfather, Dr. D, and Blues Brothers and hand-painted House of Blues logo with Augusta, GA on the back in leather lettering.
Estimate: $1,000-5,000 
Boots
A pair of Durango boots with rhinestone embellishments and carrying bag.
Estimate: $500-700 

Denim Suit
A denim jacket and pants featuring horse-themed embroidery.
Estimate: $2,000-3,000 
Silver Fox Coat
Estimate: $1,000-5,000
  
Grammy Award
A National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male 1986 Grammy Award, presented to James Brown for Living in America.
Estimate: $15,000-20,000



ORIGINAL ZULU KINGS AMAD HENDERSON AND POW WOW

2 OF THE DANCE WORLDS EARLIEST PIONEERS WHO RARELY GET ANY CREDIT FOR THIER CONTRIBUTIONS ARE AMED HENDERSON, AND POW WOW.
AS A FORMER MEMBER OF THE BLACK SPADES, AMAD HENDERSON ALONG SIDE AFRIKA BAMBAATAA, HELPED CREATE THE "ORGINISATION."
SHORTLY AFTER, AMED INCLUDED  4 OTHER DANCERS, (AZIZ JACKSON , SHAKA REED, KUSA STOKES, & ZAMBU LANER, AND THOSE 5 DANCERS HELPED AFRIKA BAMBAATAA CREATE THE ZULU NATION.
THE 5 DANCERS WANTED TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS THE DANCERS FOR ZULU NATION SO AMAD HENDERSON CREATD THE NAME "ZULU MASTERS"  WHICH LATER ON WAS CHANGED TO ZULU KINGS BY AFRIKA BAMBAATAA
SHORTLY AFTER, A DANCE STUDENT OF AN OUTLAW FROM THE REAPERS GANG NAMED POOCH AKA DOC (SEE EARLIER BLOG POST) BY THE NAME OF POW WOW WAS ADDED TO THE GROUP.
POW WOW WAS A STYLISTIC DANCER WHO USHERED IN THE INDIAN STYLES OF TOP ROCKS WHICH LATER ON LEAD TO THE CREATIONS OF NAMES LIKE THE INDIAN STEP.
IN A RESCENT INTERVIEW POW WOW CLIAMED.....
"AIN'T NO SUCH THING AS AN INDIAN STEP, THATS WHAT THE NEW JACKS CALLED MY CROSS OVERS, I USED INDIAN STYLES, BUT ME OR ANYONE EVER CALLED ANY STEPS AN INDIAN... WHAT EVER!"
POW WOW WENT ON TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE SOULSONIC FORCE, AND ALONG SIDE AFRIKA BAMBAATAA, G.L.O.B.E. AND MR BIGGS, ENJOYED HITS LIKE PLANET ROCK, LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT BEAT, AND RENEGADES OF FUNK.
AMAD HENDERSON HELPED AFRIKA BAMBAATAA START ANOTHER GROUP IN THE TRADITION OF THE SOULSONIC FORCE, NAMED SHANGO BACK IN 1982 WITH OTHER MEMBERS INCLUDING JAZZY JAY. WHEN AFRIKA BAMBAATAA FIST STARTED WARNING FOLKS ABOUT NEW WORLD ORDER AND THE POWERS THAT BE.
THE 2 GROUPS EVENTUALY MADE A FEW SONGS TOGETHER AND ALSO APEARERD SIDE BY SIDE ON THE MOVIE BEAT STREAT AS AFRIKA BAMBAATAA AND THE SOULSONIC FORCE FEATURING SHANGO IN THE FAMOUS ROXY SCEN OF THE MOVIE DOING THIER HIT FRANTIC SITUATION.
IN THE PICTURE BELOW, IS AMAD HENDERSONTO THE LEFT, AND POW WOW TO THE RIGHT.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

SUPPORT BBOY FOCUS!!!!!

My brother from another mother B-Boy Focus of the infamous Flo-Mo Crew was just recently nominated to the Top 8, in the Bboy of the Year 2010 Award contest. He is  only two steps away from being the finalist.
In my humble opinion i fell Focus fits the critirior best out of all the finalist.
if your a focus and flo mo supporter like myself, or even if you apreciate his dance and contributions to the scene, it would be dope if you can take a few minutes out of your time to vote for focus as 2010 bboy of the year.
you can vote at this link.
http://www.thebboyspot.com/forum/f8/bbs-bboy-of-the-year-top-8-new-t2946.html
peace and rock on


The Outlawz Drop "Warning Shots" Aimed At Funkmaster Flex


The Outlawz have dropped a scathing diss record aimed at Funkmaster Flex, after the popular New York radio host made controversial remarks about late rapper Tupac Shakur.

The new song, titled, "Warning Shots", is a 3:52 second record against Funk Flex, after footage of the Hot 97 radio host surfaced late sharing his opinion on Tupac Shakur on the stage.

"F**k n**gas sucking Tupac's d**k. I don't suck Tupac's d**k. Make some noise if you miss f**king Biggie Smalls!"
Funkmaster Flex during a clip of a show that surfaced on YouTube.com. Earlier this week, Funkmaster Flex clarified his remarks about Tupac Shakur during his popular New York show and defended his position about Tupac.
"Let me be the first one to say not only do I respect his music, I respect what he put down," Funkmaster Flex said. "I respect the records he made, the records he sold, his positive energy in the beginning, the great records he made and I know how passionate he was about his music."

Flex further stated that although he respected Tupac Shakur's legacy, he still felt that Pac brought a negative energy to Hip-Hop while he was alive.

Funkmaster Flex's clarification obviously wasn't good enough for The Outlawz, who label Funkmaster Flex a "mutt," "p**sy" and a "queer" accusing the DJ of pay-for-play.

"What he was saying on stage that night that was stirring up more of that negative energy," E.D.I. recently told XXL Magazine. "So I don't know what he was trying to accomplish by doing that. I really feel like he was just playin' to the crowd...because you can't say you don't like his negative energy when that's all you doing is stirring it back up."

The song ends with a clip of Tupac dissing Funkmaster Flex.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

OLD SCHOOL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

IT'S FUN TO HELP POOR PEOPLE FRANNY CANADA

PICTURE OF THE DAY

LXD EPISODE FEATURING BOOGIE BOY FRANTIC OF MIGHTY ZULU KINGZ

COKE LA ROCK - HIP HOP'S FIRST MC


Coke La Rock (aka Coco La Rock) is an old school New York City rapper who is often credited as being the first MC in the history of hip-hop.
In November, 2010, Coke La Rock will be inducted into the High Times Counterculture Hall of Fame at the annual ceremonies at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. He was born on April 24, 1955.

Kool Herc and La Rock

La Rock was a friend and musical partner of DJ Kool Herc, who himself is generally considered to have laid down the foundation for hip-hop music starting in 1973. Although it has been written that La Rock comes from Jamaica, in reality his parents were from North Carolina. La Rock joined Kool Herc for his first party, in 1973, to celebrate Herc's sister Cindy's birthday. It wasn't until about the fifth or sixth party that he took the name Coke La Rock. The name came to him in a dream. Before that time, he had no name and did his rapping out of sight from the audience, so no one knew who was doing the rapping. His original raps were usually shout-outs to friends, but gradually the poetry emerged. He originated such phrases as "You rock and you don't stop" and "Hotel, motel, you don't tell, we won't tell" (which was immortalized on the first Sugarhill Gang single Rapper's Delight although La Rock received no credit.
La Rock's raps were always purely improvisational, unlike those of later 70s-era rap groups—such as the Furious Five L Brothers Funky Four and Cold Crush Brothers ; who wrote down and also rehearsed their rhymes and created elaborate routines. According to La Rock, while rapping "at first I would just call out names. Then I pretended dudes had double-parked cars; that was to impress the girls. Truthfully, I wasn’t there to rap, I was just playing around."


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

OLD SCHOOL CREW SPOTLIGHT - FURIOUS ROCKERS



FIRST SPONCERED BREAKING COMPITITION

the first corporate sponcered breaking compitition happend in 1983 by swatch watch. shortly after in 1984, it was done again in 1984 and was the first international event boasting crews from as far as london and germany

Monday, November 8, 2010

Nov. 11-14, 2010: UNIVERSAL ZULU NATION'S 37th ANNIVERSARY

4 DAYS, 3 VENUES, ALL PARTIES! (FIRST DAY DEDICATED TO BBOYS/GIRLS, NO PERFORMANCE, NO ACTS, NO MUSIC STOPPING, JUST BREAKS, FUNK, AND CYPHERS ALL NIGHT!)
Hosts: GrandMaster Caz & Mick Benzo

DJs for the Anniversary Weekend include: The Original Jazzy Jay, TC Izlam, GrandWizzard Theodore, DJ Rockin' Rob, DJ Chuck City, DJ Tony Tone, DJ Johnny Juice, DJ Ready Red, Cutman DL LG, DJ Mark Luv, DJ Flawless, DJ Melstarr, DJ Vicious, Jazzy G, DJ Love Kid +

Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ Gaucho's Bronx NYC
B-Boys/B-Girls - Get Lite Family Night

6pm-? All Ages! Phony PPL (funky band of teens) from 10:15-11:15pm. DJs DP One, Swan...John Swan, Cutman LG, PopMaster Fabel, DJ Jazzy Jay, GrandWizzard Theodore & DJ GrandMaster Caz @ Gaucho's Gym 478 Gerard Ave. Bronx NY 10451 (behind Hostos College betw. 146th &149th). 2, 4, 5 to 149th & Grand Concourse or hopstop.com for directions. $15 w/ flyer or $10 w/ Zulu or Moorish ID. $25 without flyer.

Friday, November 12, 2010 @ Gaucho's Bronx NYC
Afrika Bambaataa piece by SPICE (2010) Chubb Rock, PMD, Jimmy Spicer, Just Ice, Black Rob
plus Soul Flower, A Prime, Ras Kofi Methuzelah and DJs.
9pm-? All Ages! @ Gaucho's Gym 478 Gerard Ave. Bronx NY 10451. (behind Hostos College betw. 146th & 149th)
2, 4, 5 to 149th & Grand Concourse or try hopstop.com for directions.
$20 w/ Flyer or $15 w/ Zulu or Moorish ID or $30 day of without flyer.

Saturday, November 13, 2010 @ Hip Hop Culture Center - Harlem NYC
Cold Crush Brothers, SoulSonic Force, Crash Crew, Son of Berzerk, T-Ski Valley, Ultramagnetic MCs, Big Daddy Kane
Marc Live, Jessie West, Halflip, DJ Johnny Juice, Brothers Fantastic, Stik-E In The Hoods, Smooth da Hustler, Trigga Da Gambler and DJs! 9pm - ? All Ages. $20 w/ flyer. $15 w/ Zulu/Moorish ID. $30 w/out flyer. Hip Hop Culture Center in the Magic Johnson Theater 2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd. 2nd Fl Harlem NYC 10027. A C B D to 125th or hopstop.com for directions.

Sunday, November 14, 2010 @ S.O.B.'s NYC
X-Clan, Brother J, Isis, YZ, Paradise, Rakaa, Roxanne Shante, Large Professor, Grand Puba, Sadat X, DJ Tony Touch, PMD,
plus Kid Jazz pka J Swagga, Super Hero's, Billy Ray, Jasiri X and more! 9pm-? S.O.B.s 204 Varick St. @ West Houston New York City 10014. sobs.com $20 w/ flyer or $15 w/ Zulu or Moorish ID or $30 without flyer.
1 train to Houston or try hopstop.com for best directions.

This Anniversary is Dedicated to Those Who Crossed Over to Watch Over Us as Hip Hop Ancestors including: Cowboy, Whiz Kid, Mercury, Disco King Mario, Master Don, Freeky Tai, Iz the Wiz, Sugar Shaft, Professor X, Big Pun, Tupac, Scott La Rock, B.O., Matthew Hall, Frosty Freeze, Notorious B.I.G., Buck 4, Kuriaki, DJ Darryl C, Kid Delight, Dondi, Jam Master Jay, King Sha Sha, Trouble T-Roy, Easy E, Michael Mixin Moore, Rudy Pardee, Rob 1, Talk Sick, DJ Dusk, Money Ray, J Dilla, Guru, Grand Master Roc Raida, Mister Magic, Rammellzee, Catfish Collins & Apache

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each night

Print out one of the many UZN 37 flyers at zulunation.com
and bring one in with you each night and save $10 off of admission!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Seattle Mayor Michael McGinn Proclaims November as Hip Hop History Month

206 Zulu Helps Promote Awareness for Hip Hop Issues and Culture


 SEATTLE, Wash., November 1, 2010 - 206 Zulu announced today that Seattle Mayor, Michael McGinn, issued an official proclamation recognizing November as Hip Hop History Month, honoring both the birth month of Hip Hop culture and the important contributions made by Seattle Hip Hop artists in the areas of Deejaying, Emceeing, B-Boying/Girling, Graffiti Art and Knowledge.  206 Zulu petitioned the Mayor in early October for the acknowledgement.

“206 Zulu is excited that Mayor McGinn recognizes the many contributions made by hip hop artists in the Seattle community", said King Khazm, chair of 206 Zulu.  “Being able to celebrate Hip Hop History Month in Seattle is a celebration of all of the hard work, sacrifice, innovation and dedication of local artists whether famous or nameless. Moving forward, this annual occasion will facilitate additional education programs to celebrate the culture in a positive manner.”

Hip Hop Culture began in the neglected and poverty ravaged New York City Burroughs, the South Bronx, in November of 1974.  Hip Hop has since become a global culture and has made a profound impact on Seattle's arts and music community.  Hip Hop in Seattle was pioneered in the early-to-mid 1980's and has grown across all its artistic mediums, known as the "Five Elements" gaining local, national and international recognition.

The official birthday of Hip Hop is November 12th, 1974. Within the past 35 years, Hip-Hop culture has greatly influenced the entertainment world with its creative contributions in music, dance, art, poetry, and fashion.

  About 206 Zulu - Universal Zulu Nation Seattle Chapter
206 Zulu is the Universal Zulu Nation Seattle Chapter. With members from all corners of the Pacific Northwest, 206 Zulu carries the vision and commitment to unify, preserve Hip Hop culture, educate, and empower our communities. The Seattle Chapter of the Universal Zulu Nation has received international recognition for the progressive civic involvement of its members. 206 Zulu's success in building coalitions and engaging Hip Hop culture in social change on a local level is the cornerstone of their continuing mission to set a precedent through transformative contributions made by organizing the often disparate Hip Hop community. 



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Monday, November 1, 2010

Why Hip Hop Must Return to Rap: Lyrics of Fury

TRUTH Minista Paul Scott



Last week , Hip Hop headz gathered for the 20th annual, "Emergency Meeting to Save Hip Hop" Conference to discuss, once again, ways to save the dying art form. All was going well until underground emcee "Intellect"  suggested that the lack of lyricism was destroying Hip Hop culture. Outraged, platinum selling artist, " Mo' Ron Nik,"  busted him upside the head with a bottle of Rose' and left the building with his gangsta goons as the crowd applauded his "reppin' real Hip Hop." Not realizing that they were part of the problem....

The debate over Hip Hop vs Rap has been a source of heated arguments for almost a generation. However, most of these arguments never rise above the level of semantics or someone quoting KRS's oft used line "Hip Hop is what you live, rap is what you do."

However when Hip Hop artists stop "doing rap" we are stuck with a bunch of knucklheadz promoting swagga over substance. What we have seen over the last decade is a steady decrease in lyricism, which is why Hip Hop has ceased to be a source of social change and is now just a weak marketing tool used to pimp ignorance, death and destruction. In essence, we have lost respect for the power of the spoken word.

Respect for "the word" goes back thousands of years. The scriptures teach us that "in the beginning was the word." Also in his book , "The Afrocentric Idea"  Dr. Molefi Asante discusses the concept of nommo in traditional African societies which he defines as, "the generative and productive power of the spoken word."

Although the power of the word has been traditionally revered by civilized societies, it has also been feared by those who seek to exploit the masses of the people.  The goal of the oppressor has always been to control "rapping" or the transmission of thoughts and ideas that challenge their rule.

Kwame Nkruimah said in his book "Consciencism ," "social revolution must, therefore, have standing firmly behind it , an intellectual revolution;  a revolution in which our thinking and philosophy are directed towards the redemption or our society" which is in sharp contrast to the Hip Hop artists of today who are determined to put us back on the plantation.

While some may argue that Rap is just one of the elements of Hip Hop which also, includes "B-Boying, Graffiti and DeeJaying," it must be noted that break-dancing never sparked a social revolution, graffiti on a subway has never challenged the socio-political domination of the world elite and neither has deejaying ever contributed to the protracted struggle against Imperialism. However, rapping in the form of words of power that "moved the crowd"  (to borrow from Eric B and Rakim) has done all the above.

We must be clear, it was not Hip Hop "swagga" that sent shock waves throughout America during the late 80's-early 90's but the rap analyses of artists such as Professor Griff and Sister Souljah.  Also, the mixing of rap lyrics with the speeches of Malcolm X, Dr. Khalid Muhammad and Minister Louis Farrakhan during that period, blurred the line between where rap ended and revolution began. Not to mention that many artists of the period were, merely , doing rhythmic versions of the information of black scholars and researchers such as George GM James, Steve Cokely and Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, making it more palatable to the masses.

It is for this reason that the industry has waged war against lyrics , with MTV even elevating  self- proclaimed ,non-lyrical Hip Hopper Waka Flocka Flame to one of the top 10 artists of 2010.

One must remember that back in 2002, the same company censored Public Enemy's video "Gotta Give the Peeps" which included the lyrics "Free Mumia (Abu-Jamal)  and H. Rap Brown (Jamil Al Amin)." Although, members of Public Enemy were know for their intellectual statements, perhaps the greatest fear of the industry is that on any given day, even a dumb rapper might say something smart.

We must remember that back in 2007, it was alleged that a certain "Lyric Committee" at Interscope records prevented the release of  an anti-police brutality song by former G Unit member, Young Buck.

In our current political climate, it is more important now than ever to hear strong black voices.  It is doubtful that Hip Hop can be that instrument, as commercialism has rendered it impotent. According to activist, Sham Pu Keilyn,  "Rap is the art form not Hip Hop."  He argues that while anybody can claim Hip Hop, only a "highly skilled melanated being can truly rap."

This is why we are advocating that members of the "conscious" Hip Hop community reclaim the term RAP, which, in this case, could stand for "Revelation And Power." We are calling for a "conscious coup;" an overthrowing of the Hip Hop oligarchy.

Karl Marx once suggested that the seed of the destruction of Capitalism lies within its own contradictions, so it is with Hip Hop, as it strives to be simultaneously, the voice of the oppressed and the tool of the oppressor.

Although some Hip Hop purists will consider tampering with Hip Hop, sacrilege, it must be done. While, some my feel that they have an inherent right to define Hip Hop, no man has a monopoly on Rap ( nommo, the spoken word) as it originates from the Creator and has been passed down through the ancestors. It is on this principle that we take our uncompromising stand.
 
Even the most dogmatic defenders of Hip Hop will have to admit that it is time for a change. We can no longer engage in what Dr. Frances Cress Welsing ,in her essay "Black Fear and the Failure of Black Analytical Commitment'"  calls  "circular thought: moving from problem perception, away from problem solution and back to problem perception." She argues that " there is never constant motion towards problem solution because to do so would " challenge and alter the power dynamic of oppression. "

So, as they say, "it's been real"  but this is where we part ways. Those who want to use music to elevate the consciousness of the people rollin' with RAP and those who want to keep the masses deaf, dumb and blind going down with the sinking ship of Hip Hop.

Unless we reclaim Rap, we will be still complaining about "what's wrong with Hip Hop" 20 years from now and even then, as Fred Hampton Sr once said,  still "coming up with answers that don't answer, explanations that don't explain and conclusions that don't conclude."

Friday, October 29, 2010

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"who are you to judge the life i live?
i know i'm not perfect - and i don't live to be.
but before you start pointing fingers...
make sure your hands are clean."
Bob Marley

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

PHOTO BY HIP HOP PHOTOGRAPHER JOE CONZO

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Freestyle Session November 27th-28th Hollywood, California $30,000 in cash and prizes!!!!

CROS1, Grassroots Productions and Armory bring you Freestyle Session 13 Year Anniversary November 27th and 28th 6126 Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood, CA 90028 Featuring some of the best bboy/bgirl crews in the world battling it out for over $25,000 in cash and prizes. And the title of Freestyle Session Champions! 
Day 1-November 27th 12pm-8pm Bboy Crew Preliminaries(up to 10) 14 Crews from Day 1 will advance to Day 2. Winners from West Coast and East Coast Preliminaries automatically advance to day 2. Poppin Preliminaries(1 on 1) Top 8 Poppers will advance to Day 2 Lockin Preliminaries(1 on 1) Top 8 Lockers will advance to Day 2 Day 2-November 28th 12pm-10pm Bboy Crew Top 16 Poppin Top 8 Lockin Top 8 Live 
Performances 
TBA Dj's Element, Abel, Charlie Rock and more to be announced Funkstyles Judges Frantick, Sweepy and Hugo aka Mr Smooth hosted by Poppin Pete(Electric Boogaloos) produced by Top Status(Bionic Man/MGF/Mighty 4) Lockin Judges TBA To Enter Lockin or Poppin battle please email TopStatusM4@gmail.com Bboy 
Judges Alien Ness-Zulu Kings Wicket-Renegades TBA 
(alternate judge(in case of crew conflict) Paulskee-Mighty 4 Worldwide 
for booth information please contact iamcros1@aol.com limited spaces so please inquire asap. To sign up for the battles please email iamcros1@aol.com www.FreestyleSession.com Crew List. 1. Killafornia(West Coast Prelim Champs/Top 16) 2. Dynamic Rockers(East Coast Prelim Champs/Top 16) 3. Caster Crew(FSS China Champs) 4. Wicked FX - Portland, Oregon 5. Now or Never Crew - Canada 6. 7. 8. brought to you by Freestyle Session Grassroots Productions Armory Survival Gear Tickets available now online at www.Groovetickets.com keyword: Freestyle Session Or follow the link below. http://bit.ly/c4U6Mq flics of the spot. This one is gonna be classic! 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Freestyle Session 13 Year Anniversary Nov 27th and 28th

CROS1, Grassroots Productions and Armory bring you 
Freestyle Session 13 Year Anniversary
November 27th and 28th 

6126 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Featuring some of the best bboy/bgirl crews in the world battling it out for over $25,000 in cash and prizes. And the title of Freestyle Session Champions!

Day 1-November 27th 12pm-8pm
Bboy Crew Preliminaries(up to 10)
14 Crews from Day 1 will advance to Day 2. Winners from West Coast and East Coast Preliminaries automatically advance to day 2.

Poppin Preliminaries(1 on 1)
Top 8 Poppers will advance to Day 2

Lockin Preliminaries(1 on 1)
Top 8 Lockers will advance to Day 2

Day 2-November 28th 12pm-10pm
Bboy Crew Top 16
Poppin Top 8
Lockin Top 8
Live Performances TBA

Dj's Element, Abel, Charlie Rock and more to be announced

Judges to be announced.


for booth information please contact iamcros1@aol.com
limited spaces so please inquire asap.


To sign up for the battles please email iamcros1@aol.com

www.FreestyleSession.com
 

Friday, October 15, 2010

MIGHTY ZULU KINGS HISTORY AND CREW LIST



THE ZULU KINGZ WERE CREATED ON THE SAME DAY ZULU NATION, NOVEMBER 12 1973, AND THEY WERE TO BE THE OFFICIAL BBOY CREW FOR THE ZULU NATION. THIS CONCEPT CAME ABOUT SINCE THE FIVE BROTHERS WHO HELPED AFRIKA BAMBAATAA ORGANIZE THE ZULU NATION, WERE ALL BBOYS! THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF THE ZULU KINGZ ARE AS FOLLOWED:

AHMED HENDERSON, AZIZ JACKSON (MENTIONED IN THE MOVIE SCRATCH), SHAKA REED, KUSA STOKES, & ZAMBU LANER.

AS TIME WENT ON ZULU KINGZ BECAME BIGGER. ONE OF THE FIRST 3 BBOYS TO GET GHETTO CELEBRITY STATUS WAS BEAVER FROM THE ZULU KINGZ. OTHER EARLY MEMBERS INCLUDE:

ROBBIE ROB, AFRIKA ISLAM, JAZZY JAY, POW WOW, RED ALERT, D.ST, TROUBLE, & SUNDANCE.

AS THE YEARS WENT BY, ALL THE ORIGINAL ZULU KINGZ STARTED TO FADE, ISLAM STARTED TO DJ AS WELL AS JAZZY JAY, POW WOW. BIGGS & POW WOW BECAME THE SOULSONIC FORCE, WHILE TROUBLE AND SUNDANCE MAINTAINED CHAPTER 2 OF THE ZULU NATION, AND OF COURSE BBOY WAS GETTING "PLAYED OUT" BY 1979.

BY 1981 BBOYING HAD NEW LIFE IN THE FORM OF THE ROCK STEADY CREW. RSC WERE PART OF THE FIRST HIP HOP TOUR AND WERE GIVEN THE HONOR OF CARRYING THE TRADITION OF ZULU NATION HAVING A TIGHT BBOY SQUAD BUT THIS TIME "BOOGIE BOYS" WERE ALSO INCLUDED. RSC WERE THE LAST BBOY CREW TO REPRESENT ZULU KINGZ UNTIL OCTOBER OF THE YEAR 2000, WHEN AFRIKA BAMBAATA DECIDED TO GIVE ALIEN NESS THE HONOR OF RESURECTING THE LEGENDARY CREW BY ADDING NEW, YOUNGER MEMBERS TO REP FOR BAMBAATAA. ALIEN NESS HAD A VISION TO NOT ONLY INCLUDE DANCERS, BUT TO MAKE IT A HIP HOP ORGINIZATION THAT WILL BOAST THE BEST DANCERS, DJ.S, MC'S, PRODUCERS AND PROMOTERS WORLD WIDE.

ZULU KINGZ MISSION STATEMENT: TO UPHOLD AND MAINTAIN THE TRUE ESSENCE OF AFRIKAS BAMBAATAA'S VISION.

ZULU KINGZ & KWEENZ WORLDWIDE 4 EVA!!
THE GODFATHER
Afrika Bambaataa

PRESIDENT
alien ness - nyc

VICE PRESIDENT
tyquan - ohio

THE COUNCIL AKA THE RIGHTEOUS BROS.
poe 1 - l.a.
floor phantom - nyc
bounce - japan
smurf - l.a.
omar - texas
quic - atlanta

SENIOR MEMBERS AKA THE GHOST DOGS
cream monk - nyc
aztek aka poizndragon - nyc
karma - seattle
ajax - sacramento
wayne ski - chicago
sammy {b-smooth}

***NYC***
connie rok aka coinz
flex-ablities
dp-one
chieka-one

***LOS ANGELES***
k-mel
hurri c
casper
asia-one
cronic
krash
l-boogie
prada-g
dreadz
truth
dirty birdy
pinky

***FUNK LAB***
kenny may {meka}
rican- san jose
joey
funkmaster phil
dj geo
dj j-funk
demone
sky
dj havik
dj worldwise

***ARIZONA***
chino d
house
big fenix
turtle roc

***OHIO***
vix
brooxs-one
squirt
lady j

***KANSAS***
bam

***FLORIDA***
troll
joolz
tripple 777

***NORTH CAROLINA***
allure4

***SAN FRANCISCO***
nurse boogie

***CANADA***
mama zulu {brina}

***MEXICO***
input
pakiyo
cirujano
neo
panther
yeik aka malviajes

***UK***
mouse
dj timber
pepito
chilli

***HOLLAND***
mario
tyrone
xisco
menno

***DENMARK***
blanka roc

***FRANCE***
gass

***BULGARIA***
fuego

***GERMANY***
cleopatra aka sinderella

***POLAND***
cetowy
blady kris

***RUSSIA***
rezky
flying buddha
robin

***SPAIN***
bgirl jess
ale man
skizo rokk
koper

***JAPAN***
bounce
katsu
dragon
kb fresh
suga kane
katsu
taisuke
suw
dj ike
dj mar
kossy
shintaro

***KOREA***
benny ben
born
redfoot
c4
superman ivy

***TAIWAN***
aya
arnold lee
choco
big mouth
gino
erick
con roc

***SHANGHAI***
danny dan

***AUSTRALIA***
mousa
stacey stash
lamaroc
eljax
kid drama
nasa
smerk4
gucci daz
silenz
beni benz
qwesroc
rush
nacho pop
kreate
anijha

***DA WALL KILLAZ (graff)***
damet1
note
kister
mewt
fuego
moe
bair
silus




Wednesday, October 6, 2010

MY WIFE FINALY MEETS HER FATHER-IN-LAW

I agreed to talk on a panel at NYU dedicated to cater to bboys and bgirls from all over the world.
Bolivia, Argentina, Germany, Kenya, Zimbabwe, India, Pakistan, and Balma was represented.
Also on the panel with myself was PopMaster Fabel, Martha Diaz, Joseph Schloss, and a few others.
Joe Conzo, who was with the group the day before, decided to surprise them and pop in with none other than the Godfather of HipHop, Afrika Bambaataa himself.
It was the first time Bam, who has been like a father to me since forever, and my wife met.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ALIEN NESS STATUETTE BY HARD FLEX

BIG SHOUT OUT TO THE PEEPS DOWN AT HARD FLEX CLOTHING IN PARIS, FRANCE FOR MAKING THIS STATUE IN MY HONOR.
YOU CAN'T REALLY SEE IN THESE PICS BUT THE STATUE ALSO HAS ALL MY TATTOOS!!







Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

PHOTOS: NEW YORK - END OF THE WEAK 10YR ANNIVERSARY

EODub (End Of the Weak) was founded in 2000 as one of the few weekly platforms in NYC where hungry MCs could showcase and hone their talent. What started as a small Open Mic in the back of a restaurant has grown into NYC's longest-running weekly hip-hop show and an International Hip-Hop movement.

Shout out to Mazzi Soul Purpose for including me and my people in the 10 year anniversary show... much respect.


Photography by Brina Martinez Photography

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

KID NESS AKA ALIEN NESS CIRCA 1986

"THE ART OF BATTLE" - BOOK REVIEW BY DJ RENEGADE.

A definitive work has just been published.
The first, and only of it's kind ever done.

It's a book on the strategies of battling as applied to the art of breaking.
Written by, in my opinion, one of the foremost experts in the field and student of the art, Alien Ness.
Ness has a deep history in the game which I won't go into here, but suffice to say, the guy knows what he's talking about.
He's been putting in work for many a year and is living proof that u can keep building and contributing as long as u want.

As a mixture between a pamphlet and a book, the Art of Battle(AOB) is filled with reams of information that, in this day and age of staged battles, are extremely relevant and useful.
Invaluable to both competitors and judges, it covers many of the main issues of battling and an insight into how said battles may be viewed.
Many people don't understand the science of staged battles, how to approach them, how they are judged, how to increase one's chance of winning etc.
As an example many dancers don't realise that almost all judges use a round per round system.
Some still think that battles are judged as a 'whole'.
This book makes an attempt to look at all of this and find some type of resolution.
Whether it succeeds or not I'll leave for the buyer to decide, but trust me...u won't be disappointed.

The book is divided into 4 main parts, but really it's just one long structure.
It's written in a very free-flow/stream of conciousness manner as if he's having a conversation with the reader or holding a seminar.
For me, in a subject of this nature, it is the perfect approach.
We are, afterall, dealing with scientific art and artistic science.
We are artists, but to enable judging to be consistent and make any sense we need to look at it scientifically.

U can tell he put a lot of thought and work into this book. It's filled with so many tips we take for granted but often sleep on. ie "In a crew competition, maintain an orderly line that's clear from the dance floor."
Seems obvious, right?
Now take a look at as many battles on youtube or dvd/video that u can find and see how many times this 'rule' is broken!!

Another example: "Never steal rounds".
Huh? Many crews do this. But as Ness states; no stolen runs are ever judged by any judge he has ever met. He can also add any I have met as well. It's a waste of energy and a blatant waste of what could potentially be a good round. Either by spoiling the original run or 'throwing away' a good one.
Imagine a situation where Cico does that and hits a nice 25 round '90 that won't be counted!!
Save that stuff for the cypher battles.

This information is all within the first few pages!! Believe me, ure on to a good one here.

Cop it: http://www.artofbattle.com/

OLD SCHOOL SONG OF THE DAY

1520 Sedgwick, Birthplace of Hip-Hop Saved By $5.6 Million Loan


A building that is recognized as a Hip-Hop landmark in the South Bronx has been rescued by a federal loan that will halt the building's sale, allowing the rents to stay affordable to its hundreds of tenants.

DJ Kool Herc and Senator Charles Schumer led a campaign to stop the sale of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue from being to private investors, who planned on raising the rents and selling the property, which would have displaced many of the building's current occupants.

Additionally, the  building is recognized as the place Hip-Hop music was born, when Kool Herc hosted a legendary party inside the building's recreational room in August of 1973.

The building received $5.6 million in financing through Mayor Bloomberg's New Housing Marketplace Place plan, which was created to assist physically and financially stressed multifamily buildings throughout the city.

In 2011, $3 million has been committed to make much needed repairs to 1520 Sedgwick Avenue.

“This is a huge victory for Sedgwick residents that will serve as a model for preserving affordable housing throughout New York City" said Senator Schumer. “The message here is clear, residents of 1520 Sedgwick, and residents of affordable buildings throughout the City, should not be used as pawns for predatory equity investors to make quick profits. The purchase of this note is a major milestone that we hope will be a big win for residents of Sedgwick.”

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn acknowledged 1520's contribution to the world and as grateful the building had been saved from unscrupulous speculators, who simply planned to buy the building to flip it.

“Three decades ago, DJ Kool Herc mixed funk songs with African beats and rap, and hip-hop was born during a house concert in the basements of 1520 Sedgwick,” said Speaker Christine Quinn. “Hip-hop has often been an expression of hardships and 1520 Sedgwick has seen its fair share of struggles. After the fiscal crisis, 1520 Sedgwick became a victim of predatory equity investors, and we were at risk of losing a historical and cultural landmark. But with this purchase and $3 million of Council funding for repairs, we will now see the rebirth of 1520 Sedgwick – and maybe see history created once again. I’m particularly excited that this will give tenants a chance to recreate their homes, not to mention the possibility of one day converting the building into a co-op."