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20 Years Later, Rhyme & Reason Remains Rap Music’s Ultimate Backstage Pass (Video)

During the late 1990s, Hip-Hop was a seismic force that garnered mainstream recognition as a billion-dollar industry. The culture had invalidated scores of critics who dismissed it as a fad during the previous two decades. Hip-Hop achieved this while rewriting the rules of the music business and redefining the American... Read more

Crazy Legs Reminds All That Latinos Were Also “At the Root” of Hip-Hop (Video)

Last week, the globally respected breakdancing icon Crazy Legs took to his Instagram page to express his opinion about "The Getdown," a new series which documents the 1970s New York City street culture in which Hip-Hop was first developed. In his video statement, the Bronx native shared that he felt... Read more

Common Still Loves H.E.R. Watch Him Breakdance While The Roots Play (Video)

During The Electric Circus and Like Water For Chocolate tours, it was not uncommon to see Common Sense bust out some B-Boy moves during his sets. That was 15 years ago though, and also well before the Chicago, Illinois MC/actor won Oscars and Golden Globes. Now a household name, juggling... Read more

Cam’ron & New York’s Subway B-Boys Dazzle in a Video That Redefines Creativity (Video)

Perhaps the only thing more ubiquitous in New York City than the subways are the subway performers who use the time between station stops to amaze the crowd - or at least attempt to - with music, poetry, speeches, or dance. There has developed a microcosm in the subway dance... Read more

A Japanese B-Boy Crew in Germany Won the Battle of the Year. Hip-Hop is Universal Magnetic (Video)

The Battle of the Year (BOTY) describes itself as the "World Cup of Breakdancing," and for good reason. Over the weekend, hundreds of contenders representing countries as far away as Thailand and and Senegal competed for the championship, and this team from Japan bested 14 other squads. With a name... Read more

The World’s Best B-Boys & B-Girls Take Center Stage at this Breakin’ Competition (Video)

Heads around the world have embraced Breakdancing as one of Hip-Hop's defining elements, and while it may seem like rapping has become the culture's most visible manifestation, B-boys and B-Girls continue to celebrate breakin' in tremendous ways. Back in August, the World Hip-Hop Dance Championships took place in San Diego,... Read more

Nas Releases Trailer To His Shake The Dust Breakin’ Documentary (Video)

"Back in '83, I was an MC sparkin' / But I was too scared to grab them mics in da mic." - Nas Coming from Queens, Nas has always had close ties to the pillars of Hip-Hop. At a time when breakin' (or breakdancing) is seemingly endangered in its rooted... Read more

Wild Style (Video)

As we continue our all day celebration of Hip-Hop on the weekend of its 40th Anniversary, it is only fitting that we celebrate Wild Style, a 1983 film produced by Hip-Hop pioneer Charlie Ahearn that was the first glimpse of Hip-Hop culture for many of those not living and breathing... Read more

Because They Made It That Way (Hip-Hop At 40 Years Old)

If you go by the books, Hip-Hop (I’ll spell it with capital letters since KRS-One told us to do so) turns 40 years old this month. Six summers before Big Bank Hank, Wonder Mike and Master Gee drove a Lincoln Continental and great big Cadillac up the charts to a... Read more