The First Major Sponsored Bboy Event: Lords of the Floor 2001

The year was 2001 and an abandoned airplane hangar in Seattle, WA had been repurposed to host the first major sponsored bboy event in the US. Courtesy of Red Bull and Bob the Balance from Seattle’s own Circle of Fire, the venue was transformed to a fully functioning dance floor with complete DJ booth and spectator stands where hundreds of dancers witnessed their favourite dynamic duos battle it out for the prestigious title of Lords of the Floor.

The event featured both an open bracket where everyone could enter, along with a specially invited line-up appropriately named the Great 8. Qualifications included past wins and trophies, but also underground street rep on the battle scene. Stylelements (Battle of the Year 97 Champions, Clash of the Titans 2000 Winners), Skill Methodz (Out for Fame Eastcoast/Midwest Champs and Out for Fame National Finalists), Circle of Fire (Battle of the Year 2000 US Representatives, Out for Fame National Finalists), HaviKoro (Freestyle Session 5 2nd Place, Out for Fame National Champions), LA Breakers (Freestyle Session 6 Winners) , Boogie Brats (longstanding underground reputation), Massive Monkees (Bboy Summit 2000 Champions, Freestyle Session 6 2nd Place), and Rythm Bugz (Battle of the Year 98 Champions, Out for Fame National Finalists) were all chosen as the teams to beat in the Great 8.

Battle highlights saw legendary Bay Area veterans Remind and Crumbs take out Lil John and Moy from HaviKoro in a tiebreaker. Moy and John did their thing, but the combined strengths of Remind and Crumbs, considered by many to be the best bboy duo in the history of the dance, proved too much in the end.

Massive Monkees’ Juse Boogie and Jeromeskee eliminated Iron Monkey and EJ from Rythm Bugz in the first round, and their crew mates Twixx and Lil Lazy got the W over Abstrak and Cloud from Skill Methodz in a debated decision from the judges of the day (Ken Swift, Ivan and Chuco). LA Breakers’ Caveman and Ronnie Ruen defeated Circle of Fire’s Free and Seth, and Boogie Brats (Kmel and Megus) took out both Orb (Circle of Fire) & Midus (Originality Stands Alone/West Coast Rockers) and Stuntman (Stylelements/Originality Stands Alone)/Rawbzilla (Originality Stands Alone/Sore Feet).

The semifinals pitted LA Breakers against Twixx and Lil Lazy, and Stylelements vs Boogie Brats, with LA Breakers and Boogie Brats advancing to the finals. Battle for 3rd was Stylelements to win in a landslide, frustrated after being defeated by their Bboy Summit cypher rivals, Boogie Brats.

The finals featured some great blow-ups and power moves from Ruen and Caveman (with Ruen pulling out his hopping airflares and insane 90s, and Cavemen his shoulder mills), and some of the best intricate footwork and flow from Megus mixed with Kmel’s flips and hollowbacks. In the end, the judges gave the trophy to LA Breakers, becoming the first Red Bull Bboy Champions in history.

Today, the world is fortunate to have a number of major events. But before there was Red Bull BC One, R16 and UDEF, there was only one – the infamous Lords of the Floor.

Great Battles, Beats & Cash Prices: A Review of Silverback Open 2015

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Just last month, hundreds of dancers gathered in the Courtyard Marriot of Wayne, PA to go head to head in the biggest bboy event in the history of the dance. More than 400 talents from all over the world came together to compete for a total of $90,000 in cash, free gear and sponsored products in what has already become an epitome in what a major jam should look like, courtesy of UDEF.

The Silverback Open was the culmination of a 30+ event series across the country, all sanctioned by the Pro Breaking Tour organization, and featured the first of two world championships in 2015, with Freestyle Session being the second (November 7th and 8th).  The doors opened at 10 in the morning with 3 cyphers set up, each one sponsored by Monster Energy, UDEF and Silverback Events, giving each and everyone a chance to warm up and test their skills against competitors and judges alike before the prelim battles in the 1 on 1. Fans and fellow bboys got to get down with famous names such as Bebe from Miami’s Ground Zero Crew, Ronnie Ruen from Stylelements/Killafornia, Profo from Rock Force Crew/Floor Gangz, Charles from Soul Control/Climax and many others.

The 1v1 judges for the day were Poe One (Stylelements/Floor Rockers/Rock So Fresh/Aktuel Force/Mighty Zulu Kingz), Focus (Flow Mo), Ghost (Lionz of Zion), Free (Circle of Fire/Soul Shifters), Wicket (Renegades/Footwork Fanatix), Yan (All the Most), and Ken Swift (7 Gemz/Break Life). On the 1s and 2s, spinning their own original mixes were DJs Foxx Boogie, Fleg, Scream and Bles One. Nemesis from New York’s own Breaks Kru was MC’ing the event, together with Urban Action Figure Ivan (to everyone’s excitement).

The prices for the brackets and each individual battle were set up as follow: Everyone making it into the top 100 received $100, top 32 got $200 each, and top 16 $500, win or lose. If you were skilled enough to advance to the quarterfinals, you’d get $1,000, the semifinals paid $2,500, with the grand prize reserved for the finals; $7,500 for 2nd place and $15,000 to the winner. All who made it into the semis or beyond also received a paid trip to Freestyle Session World Finals in Los Angeles, CA, along with plenty of gear, including a portable Mackie sound system.

Competition was fierce, with many big names getting taken out in the first round. The defending champion, Thesis (Knuckleheads Cali/Massive Monkees) got eliminated in the top 32, as did a lot of other famous dancers, such as Lego (Flipside Kings), Keebz (Masters of Mayhem/Mind180), Moy (HaviKoro/Killafornia/Footwork Fanatix), El Nino (Floor Lords/Squadron), Ronnie (Full Force/Super Crew), and Morris (Fallen Kings/Rock Force). The finals came down to Issei (Found Nation) and Vicious Victor (MF Kidz/Squadron), with Victor taking the win in a very close and hype battle.

Second day featured the 3 on 3 crew battles, with an equally impressive roster: Hustle Kidz from Holland, Polskee Flavor from Poland, Eastside Bboys from Ukraine, HaviKoro from Houston, TX, Knucklehead Zoo from Las Vegas, NV, Body Carnival from Japan, Skill Methodz from Tampa Bay, FL, and 7 Commandoz from Korea.

Battles were increasingly heated, with Eastside Bboys (Robin, Kinder and Gimnast) almost being shut down after Robin shoved 7 Commandoz’s Hong10. The finals saw the Koreans from 7 Commandoz going at it with Kazuki Roc and sisters Ayumi and Narumi from Body Carnival, with 7 Commandoz finally taking the win. Big ups to Hong10 (Drifterz), Wing and Skim (Jinjo Crew) for taking home the title and first price in the most historical event in modern times.

If you want to watch the stream from the jam, simply check out the clip below:

Notorious Break Beat DJ Afrika Islam: The Best Way to Invest 50K

afrika islamFamous DJ Afrika Islam, son to even more famous DJ Afrika Bambaataa, is just like his father: an enormous success story with very humble beginnings. Starting his musical career in the poor boroughs of New York, this break beat maestro is currently travelling the globe on a daily basis. The so-called break is a great example of how something in its most basic form can capture millions of people. It all started when street DJs began extending the drum-heavy part of popular funk tracks by using dual turntables, switching between records to create a continuous loop of the beat. Thus was the break beat born, which became the core of all subsequent hiphop music.

True to the culture’s essence of “being fresh”, Afrika Islam is mostly seen sporting extravagant outfits and heavy jewellery; chains and rings. Not only that, but you may also get the opportunity to witness him spin his favourite beats on his customized golden DJ rig. Being a prominent member of the Universal Zulu Nation, Afrika Islam is a firm believer in the Illuminati, a worldwide group of secret power brokers who control global commerce and finance. If you ever get the chance to spend a few minutes with the DJ himself, he will tell you how the world is heading towards imminent economic collapse, engineered by the top bankers and their puppet politicians in the USA and Europe. This collapse is part of the final stages of their masterplan, said to bring down democracy as a leading entity and establish the despotic rule of the Illuminati organization. Using his musical fame as a political outlet, Afrika Islam has one major advice to give his followers and extended family: Invest in gold.

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The reason is simple; gold is a fixed currency that cannot be printed en masse like bonds and bills. Central banks and heavy investors across the world are currently buying up massive amounts of the global gold supply, supposedly to be used as a wealth insurance for when the shit hits the fan. Unlike paper money, which is easily subjected to rapid inflation and market fluctuations, gold and precious metals are recession-proof since their limited supply and historically high demand make them rare financial commodities that will see an increase in value in the case of another economic crisis. Afrika Islam and the Zulu Nation have always had an interest in gold as a means to resist financial oppression and upset the status quo, due to their close ties to the African continent and its history and culture. Taking your liquid funds and investing them in physical assets such as gold will ensure your financial safety long after the dollar and euro go down in flames, and will protect you from any artificial market downturns.

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While these investments have traditionally been a relatively conservative go-to alternative, more private investors are catching on and are attempting to snatch up their own gold supply to strengthen their position in relation to banks and creditors. Even small-time, regular folks would do well to start investing their funds in precious metals. You don’t need millions of dollars to create a decent personal supply in gold that will turn your paper currency into a secure nest egg, safe from the clutches of the tax man and greedy politicians. A sum of 50k will do great as an initial investment sum. The best way to invest $50k is to simply setup an individual retirement account (IRA) backed by physical bullions. For more informations on how to find a top rated gold company online, visit Bright Golden Future where you can read detailed reviews of trusted providers. Their favoured company offers a portfolio specifically customized for people looking to invest 50k in precious metals.

As your investment will grow in value over time, you can sell off parts of your gold supply and re-invest the acquired funds in other metals or commodities while still keeping your 50k intact. A few simple bids in the right places could potentially net you a fortune in real assets that you can actually see and touch, not some flimsy pieces of paper that could be completely worthless tomorrow, since they don’t have any inherent value or useful qualities.

invest 50k in precious metals

A 50,000 investment in gold will most likely be worth several hundred percent more in a decade, if you look at the historical rise in the metal’s price on the markets. And in the event of a market crash, your gold supply will be one of the few benefactors that have the strength to go against the common tide. In these uncertain times, it’s more vital than ever to diversify your resources to mitigate risks, and precious metals is a sure way to go, whether you’re interested in investing 50k or one million dollars.

In the words of Afrika Islam: “Someone came to win…”

Would you rather be a future winner or loser?

Think about it…

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