Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"Perhaps we can go through Lessons..."

"Yo, mind arson, my squadren, surround the Sound-Garden
Guns for hire plus you under fire and a target
Sniper in the cypher, I, Pied Piper
Move the housing by the thousand, I watched out the Chrysler
Bombs strike ya like the mighty Thor, blast the door
Recite a page like a tidal wave, past the shore
Two pulls, I'm wild like mechanical bulls
Pack a full house, it's girls night out, pull a hairful
Heavenly laced, stimulation make you feel slow paced
I motivate and await my sober state."
-Inspectah Deck 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Remembering Our Legends: Harold Hunter Day V

The Harold Hunter Foundation (HHF), in association with primary sponsors Zoo YorkVansHBO andCamp Woodward, is proud to announce the 5th Annual Harold Hunter Day will take place Saturday,November 12, 2011, at the L.E.S. Skatepark in New York City.
Established in 2006 after Harold’s untimely passing, and managed by the non-profit Harold Hunter Foundation, Harold Hunter Day V will once again unite NYC’s tight-knit skate community for a positive day of skateboarding, camaraderie and remembrance.
Harold Hunter was a legendary New Yorker with a larger-than-life personality and altruistic nature that enabled him to touch the lives of countless people around the world. Each year HH Day commemorates a life well lived by celebrating the things Harold loved most – skateboarding, music, friends, family, and of course, New York City.
“I look forward to celebrating five years of remembering Harold’s life at this year’s HH Day,” says Steve Rodriguez, 5boro Skateboards Founder and Harold Hunter Foundation Board Member. “Ever since I participated in my first HHF project years ago, I knew it was an organization I wanted to continue working with.  The impact that the HHF has on the kids involved is simply too great to not be a part of it.”
On Saturday afternoon, November 12th, Harold Hunter Day V will kick off at the L.E.S Skatepark on the corner of Pike and Monroe Streets under the Manhattan Bridge in Chinatown. An all-ages skate jam will run from 1:00–5:00pm and feature product giveaways, appearances by pro skateboarders, live music from DJ Smoke L.E.S., and pop-up “Best Trick” contests with prizes including a one-year supply of *Zoo York apparel and other gear from event sponsors.
Immediately following the skate jam, an after-party will be held at Max Fish located at 178 Ludlow Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The gathering will be open to the public (21+ only) with live beats provided by DJ Smoke L.E.S. and friends.
As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Harold Hunter Foundation relies on support from the skate community and related affiliates to achieve its mission of using skateboarding as a vehicle to provide inner-city youth with valuable life experiences that nurture individual creativity, resourcefulness and the development of life skills.
With this principal goal in mind, a limited edition Harold Hunter Day V t-shirt designed by Mark Nardelli from 5boro, and a skateboard deck crafted by Sam Wilson from With A Mouse Design, will be sold at the event with proceeds benefiting the Harold Hunter Foundation. Both items will also be available post-event at select New York skateshops.
Harold Hunter Day V is made possible through generous support from event sponsors Zoo YorkVans,HBOCamp WoodwardSupremeCottonmouthProSport WellnessSHUTParadoxBONES Wheels,Bones BearingsWith A Mouse DesignPrographixThe Professionals: NYC Sound Company, and the collective New York City skateboard community.
Let us know if you plan to attend on Facebook.
*One-year supply of Zoo York apparel includes 20 t-shirts, 10 button downs, 5 hoodies, and assorted shorts & denim.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Method Man proves that "Cash*Rules"...and so do "Skills!!!"

Shout out to the M-E-T-H-O-D Man on this tasteful colaboration with "Sour Patch Kids" (No pun intended) proving that you can succesfully make money in the mainstream without comprimising the culture or "playing" yourself as an Artist. Skills Can Still -Pay The Bills and "Cash*Rules*Everything*Around*Meee!!!"

P*E*A*C*E,
WaAaK STF Breaks Kru

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Got To Get A Knutt


Breaks Kru Presents:
“Got To Get A Knutt”
Episode #8 - The Back to School Soul Train Dance Party


Friday September, 30th @ 10pm

Come get down with the sounds from Jaze-Art Remote
“He’s your favorite DJ’s favorite DJ”

Playing Nothing but Funk, Soul and Trains.

AS ALWAYS DRINK SPECIALS ALL NIGHT!!
No Cover


East River Bar
97 S6th Street
Brooklyn, NY
11249
(between Bedford & Berry)


MTA Trains:
J,M,Z to Marcy Ave
L to Bedford

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Playlist: WaAaK's fav. Underground MC's Sept.2011

I hear allot of excuses from people as to why they listen & support lame ass music these days. I've heard everything from "Nah, I only listen to the radio in the car.." or "I just like it for the beat." and of course "That's that shyt that's bump'n in the clubs right now yo!" STOP SUPPORTING WACK ASS SHYT!!! -Straight up...There's nothing Hip Hop about that.

Without further ado here's a play list -in no particular order, of some of my personal favorite Underground and/or up and coming, Un-signed and under rated MC's that I gladly support. -Enjoy....
P*E*A*C*E,
WaAaK STF
Breaks Kru

Gee Dubs Gifted Hoods feat. SR NBK



SR NBK freestyle



Mazzi S.O.U.L.Purpose



Meyhem Lauren Outdoorsmen



Shaz Illyork


Hydroponikz w/Deep Foundation


Action Bronson


Thursday, September 1, 2011

MASTER'S 6: Artshow, BBoy Battle & BBQ


Bringing the summer to a close the right way..Don't miss it.. its sure to be one for the books!

Art Show, Sale and Hip Hop Shindig at the schoolyard on 104th street & Lexington Ave in Manhattan

Free Barbecue for all!!

All styles Dance, Live art, good music, a Blackbook competition, Bboy/Bgirl battles and a Live Performance by Queens Artist SHAZ illYork.

DJ EX & CHICAGOS OWN FRANCO DE'LEON will Blessing the spot with Classic Soul, Breaks, Hip Hop & House.

Come on out & be a part of the festivities.

Cover is $5 for the general public & $10 for those who wanna compete in the Battles.

E.O.Dub..11 year Anni.+BBoy Battle

@ Highline Ballroom 431 W. 16th Street, New York, NY.

The First EVER B-Boy/Girl CHALLENGE ($500 Cash

Prize) Doors @ 8PM / Open Cypha @ 9PM to select final

contestants for the B-Boy/Girl Challenge. A total of 8

B-Boys/Girls will battle it out for $500. Can you

complete the Challenge? (come early to sign the list!!)

Pre-Selected B-Boys:

1. Nemesis (Breaks Kru)

2. Chem (Floor Obsession)

3. Whorah (Beast Coast)

4. Diego (Stepfenz/Million Dollar Downs)

5. Jiggz (Supreme Beings)

6. Samo (Stepfenz)

7. ??? - Picked from cypher

8. ??? - Picked from cypher

Judges for B-Boy Challenge:

1. Break Easy (Breakin' In Style)

2. Alien Ness (Mighty Zulu Kingz)

3. Mighty Mike (Mastermind Rockers)

Performances:

IRON SOLOMON / SOLID GROUND / AL B BACK / VICE VERSES / OX / J-BUDDAHS / EDDIE HISPANIK / JESS JAMEZ / KARNEIGE / CF / FINAL OUTLAW / MECCA / NEMS / JUGGLA / SHAZ / MAZZI / XTRA / PSALMZ / RYZ / LOGAN / ANGEL / PH / KAY-M / G*E*D / Plus Special Guests.


Music by DJ's

Vinyl Richie

DP One (Heavy Hitters / Turntable Anihilists)


For more info please visit www.eodub.com

Saturday, July 30, 2011

All City Black Book Show

THE ALL CITY BLACK BOOK SHOW/BLOCK PARTY EDITION BBOY BATTLE
SPECIAL GUEST DJ'S AND GRAF WRITERS
JULY 30TH 12pm - 6pm
@ 5 POINTZ (45-46 DAVIS ST) LIC, NY
11101
BLACK BOOK CONTEST 3:30 SHARP
1 ON 1 B-BOY OPEN CIRCLE BLACK TOP BATTLE 4PM SHARP
MUSIC BY DJ THRILLA, DJ XCEL
" THIS EVENT IS CHILD FRIENDLY "


Monday, June 6, 2011

UPdate:NO CONTROL CREW takes 1st Place at NIKE "Step it Up" competition!

Congratulations to "NO Control" for taking 1st place in NIKE's "Step It Up"competition! Full post coming soon.
-WaAaK

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Breaks Kru Presents:
Got to Get a Knutt with DJ ROB SWIFT


Join us Saturday June 4th for another episode of Got to Get a Knutt.

DJ Rob Swift will be cutting up the funk as he sends you down the
Soul Train line to grab your drink tickets.

Drink tickets get you the $1 Drink Specials of the night.





Flier Art Work By RECS
www.recsfx.com
www.recsfx.blogspot.com

Graphic Design By Adam Hawkins
www.thirdborndesign.com




Saturday June, 4th @ 10pm
East River Bar - 97 South 6th Street Brooklyn, NY

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- www.djrobswift.com

*"DJ Rob Swift: Live! The Documented Movement" is available at www.djrobswift.com

*To listen to my online radio show Dope On Plastic: www.scionav.com/radio/channel14

*View the video for "Rabia - 2nd Movement": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kAkbj_nzcE

My latest album "THE ARCHITECT" on Ipecac Recordings is out now!!!.
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www.BreaksKru.com



Monday, May 30, 2011

Be Active!!! -"No Control" Crew is!!!


Please help to support our little sisters & brothers from "No Control" Crew. 

"No Control" Crew is the newest/youngest branch on the BREAKS KRU family tree. I've personally have had the privilege to teach, mentor and work with most of them since they were in grade school. Now as young adults they are helping to keep and preserve culture & tradition as well as remain active in their Brooklyn communities. Their dedication to culture and community activism is shown and proven as they have swept up the comp and been ranked #1 in NIKE's "STEP IT UP" youth dance competition. 

Now they need the support of the online community, please visit stepitupnyc.com and cast your vote for "NO CONTROL" or as many votes as you can since voting is unlimited until JUNE 6th....and please help to spread the word.

We thank you in advance for all of your support.
P*E*A*C*E,
WaAaK Breaks Kru founder
BREAKS KRU/BKC/EVOLUTION/NO CONTROL 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"Props": KRASH NFS & SR NBK

I'm often asked what were my influences growing up...Who inspired me? While that's no easy question to answer, it's one of my favorites because I get to pay homage to those who have inspired me as a Writer and later on as a BBoy. I'd like to take this opportunity to share with you, two brothers that were huge influences on me as a Writer...my partner KRASH NFS and Bushwick legend SR NBK. 

Back in like 1994-95...part of our daily operations would be to go with KRASH to Dekalb & Knickerbocker. A lot of the time we'd arrive on the block just as someone from NBK was beating up on one of your favorite Writers or getting handcuffed by detectives. Mostly they'd be chilling on the stoop kickin' rhymes. Maaad memories of dudes LO & TOMMY down huddled around the stoop in the cold listening to PAZER, RAF VO & SR cipher...with the occasional Ghetto celebrity appearance by SWELL from The ARSONIST or TONY TOUCH. Summer time got no ill'r than chilling on Knickerbocker in front of the store on milk crates with a yellow radio kicking it to every chick that walked by and waiting for a fight to pop off. 

 I could go on and on to try and paint a picture of an authentic 1990's up bringing -instead check out my brother KRASH with SR, GEE DUBS & NETA from ACC getting busy at DTF RADIO.

P*E*A*C*E,

WaAaK STF

Breaks Kru


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

CNN's poll votes Ken Swift 2nd place in top 5 iconic dancers of the last century

CNN's "Icon" program for arts & culture held a poll asking the public to vote for their top five most iconic dancers of the last century. Ken Swift came in second place. View the link and read more here.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011



Breaks Kru Presents:
GOT TO GET A KNUTT
The Enchantment Under The Sea Dance
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Saturday, February 12th 2011 @10pm
East River Bar
97 South 6th Street Brooklyn, NY
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Love is in the air and what better way to celebrate Valentines day than by attending the dance?!

Joey and the Urchins will be floating the tunes of many colorful genres in your ear all night long.
Because without the music, they can't dance. And if they can't dance, they can't kiss.
If they can't' kiss, they can't fall in love, and then Marty McFly is history.
So make sure you fall in love on Feb. 12th and Get A Knutt!!

Don't forget to get your Prom Pictures taken at the party. Formal wear is encouraged, if you dress to impress you will get a Drink Ticket.

Soul Train Lines will be back, so strut your stuff down the line and get a Drink Ticket.

We'll be celebrating our good friends; Kom 3, Baze, Caitlin and Cupid's Birthdays.


DRINK SPECIALS

$1 Drinks with Drink Ticket - Brooklyn Brewery Beer, Buffalo Trace Whiskey Shot or Kamikaze Shot

$3 Premium Polish Vodka Drinks All Night


Flier Art Work By RECS
www.recsfx.com
www.recsfx.blogspot.com

Flier Design By GNYC
www.gnycprinting.com

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

TOP TEN BREAKING KICKS - BROOKS JONES

TOP TEN BREAKING KICKS - BROOKS JONES

There are many types of kicks out there: running, tennis, basketball, casual, fencing; all of which are important in facilitating the function of whatever you do in life.

You wanna look fly? Have good grip on the court? Have an appropriate degree of slide during your fencing match? Are you a studio jazz dancer?  Do those jazz shoes really help?

WELL....

Because I'm a BBoy and I do prefer to shit on cornballs  - for me, personally, there are a few questions I ask myself when I go on my sneaker safari...

  1. Is this going to be something that I break in?
  2. After I rock these for a bit, is this going to cycle into the breaking sneaker bin?
  3. Do I already have these?
  4. Does Jacob Hill already have these?
  5. Does Joe Son already have these?
  6. How can I flip these so I don't look like another consumer clown?
  7. What would Jaamal Benjamin do?

After years of field research, I've always gravitated towards a few certain makes, models & brands so-to-speak; brand not overshadowing functionality or comfort in the practical sense [if you see me in crocs it's b/c I just turned 102 years old and don't give 1 shit, none-the-less 2, about what you have to say].

So below are my favorite Kicks to break in, these have been my faves since I started in '95 to date.

Adidas - Top Tens. 

Potentially one of the best sneakers out there, not too sure how good they are for hoops though.  They make them in high and low top, mostly flat bottom soles and the tongue is husky enough to tuck your pants behind and stay in position: that is unless you're doing some crazy moves that bring you upside down.  They're more on the heavier side but they are also durable, which is good if you're hurling your skeleton around at break-neck speeds.

Grade: A-

Adidas - Campus.

Personally, I think the Campus is one of the better models Adidas put out.  They still have the flat bottom but the sole is thinner and thus more flexible, providing a lighter shoe overall.  The tongue, however, is NOT brollick so you gotta lace them up correctly to get your pants to fall right but then the tongue gets squeezed if you tighten 'em for bboy/bgirling purposes in certain cases.

Grade: B+

Puma - Suede.

My personal favorite at the moment.  They look good with jeans, sweats, swishy pants, shorts w/ & w/o long socks and come in a variety of colors that can be found year round.  Flat bottom soles that are thin so they are light but cushioning is sacrificed as well as support for the bottom of your feet.  They're also a bitch to keep clean so my only advice is keep your breaking clean so you don't get your suedes all grimy.

Grade: A+

Puma - Basket.

I don't really know what the difference is between a Basket and a Suede aside from obvious material usage; I do like both though.  Sometimes wearing a buttery soft suede shoe isn't the most advantageous choice especially when I'm going to be dancing in a spot with a notoriously grimy floor, a bar or the third level of Hades.  I will however sport baskets instead of suedes in said cases respectively.

Grade: A+

Nike - Dunk Hi. 

Dunk Hi's are my favorite sneakers on the planet.  They have that flat bottom sole, classic design and Nike is always coming out with a new colorway or material and you can find them year-round as well.  Great ankle support if you tie them; I don't tie them but that doesn't mean you have to follow my lead.  Good cushioning on all fronts, slightly on the heavier side but I don't care, they look good, they feel good and they provide great support and cushioning.

Grade: A+

Nike - Air Max 1. 

This is more of a running shoe in origin so the sole is more curved and less flat.  This does affect how bboys move and also increases the possibility of rolling your ankle.  If you've ever rolled your ankle, then you know that shit sucks.  If you haven't rolled your ankle then ask my roommate Joe Son how that shit feels, I saw him punch through a brick wall one time upon rolling his ankle.  Kittens everywhere cried.  The cushioning IS really good, they're really light and they look great, BUT Nike only puts out a couple runs per year and they haven't been coming out with any that made me hit the ground running to get two pair.

Grade: B-

Nike - Air Max 90.

Another running shoe so the precautionary measure to not roll your ankle is needed.  Light, sexy, good cushioning and classic.  This is another make that the Nike Gods haven't been putting many out that impressed me as of recent times.  So if you find a pair with the colors you like then you best to cop two and put one pair on ice if you ever wanna see em again.

Grade: B-

Pro-Ked's - ANY of 'em!

Any Pro-Keds [hopefully NOT the Rocawear releases] are dope. P-K's are the bboy/bgirl samurai shoe.  They are low to the ground, slightly heavier due to the thick rubber soles, not quite as flexible BUT they are as durable as a tank on steroids and come in a wide range of colors.  Good luck finding them though, and if you find them, cop THREE pairs.  One to break in, one to lose in your closet for a few years and one to sell to a European or Asian BBoy/ Bgirl b/c they DO NOT get them out there AT ALL!  Another one of my go to kicks; they look good with just about anything, and after your break them in they are like wearing an extra foot.  They also are easy to keep clean BUT the two little stripes on the side ALWAYS get burnt off - at least with me - and if you crack the heel then they begin to get loose.

Grade: A

Puma - XC Low

So in the late 90's and early 2000's Puma released these running sneakers that were drenched in the reflective 3M tape that everyone, including myself AND my mom dukes, got down in!  They were light, low to the ground and for a running sneaker didn't have an elevated heel that would allow one to roll their ankle as many other running sneakers would allow.  They weren't all that durable, maybe b/c I'd practice in them until the soles turned to molten lava and fabric resembled Swiss cheese but they did look good and in photos the 3m tape lit up, added some much unneeded flash to your feet.  These were the first kicks I had on when I tried and actually succeeded in doing a flair.... one flair....  All-and-all, if you got down in the late 90's/ early 2000's then you had a pair and you thought they were dope, just like we did...

Grade: A++

Nike - Air Jordan I [basically a Nike Dunk][with the Jordan stamp on it]

SOOO...  never been much of a Jordan brand enthusiast.  I was around to watch my peoples nap ALL day after school/ work so they could wake up at 11:30pm to go stand on line at the sneaker spot to get the latest Jordan brand release.  NEVER have I gone that far!  Especially for a sneaker that I KNEW EVERYONE WOULD HAVE by the end of the week.  And aside from the O.G. Space Jams, they only came out in Chi-Bulls colors until later when the sneaker industry flipped the script.  THEN- in my 30th year of life, they re-released the II....  I previously had been denied by my folks who were less than enthusiastic about dropping what was then $100 for a pair of II's that I would undoubtedly wreck and, having a job since the age of 8, had also been thwarted by above mentioned parents when I was going to make the purchase with my pay, a  purchase that I thankfully did not make at the time might I add.  Furthermore, I DID proceed to try some J's on this May that just passed and really did like how they felt; I then purchased several pairs of Jordans which are shrink wrapped and on ice, boxed up in my basement as we speak.  Of these, the Jordan I began rising to the top of my list of Breaking Kicks, but only in the sense of socially dancing, not throwing down crazy hard b/c I's are too fly to destroy.  Great support, cushioning, grip, and style no matter how you try and chop em up.

Grade: AA+++

And there you have it, my top 10 list.

Other Honorable Mentions are:

The Air Huarache - Many other BBoys/ BGirls love 'em, I don't like to break in them b/c my BBoy-style requires a shoe that gives more support/ resistance and they are primarily made of royal elastic design and are more sock like than I prefer.  I do rock them on my civilian steeze though...

Cole Haan - They are Kenneth Cole design, Nike Air cushioning.  Not something you wanna dance in unless you're doing a two-step because they usually are dress shoes and are expensive.  They used to have the G-Series which has been out of production for some time.

The Air Nike Cortez - Personally I don't like them very much, the flap on the toe always separates from the shoe and that's never a good look.  I actually don't like them at all, for breaking, being on my civilian steeze or even walking on the sun.  No thank you!

Nike Air Trainer I & II [Bo Jacksons] - Although I love 'em, I prefer to save 'em b/c they don't come out very often and the inside of the right heel always becomes a mass of shredded material that turns abrasive and ultimately uncomfortable.  I do, however, NEVER tie the laces on them for good measure; maybe that's why the heel gets all crazy?

Nike SB's - I simply don't like the big, fat tongue.  Primarily because I'm not going to be on a skateboard.

The Adidas Superstar [Shell Toes] - I don't like these kicks that much aside from everyday civilian wear.  They are heavy and I've sprained my ankle many times dancing in them.  Still a good look on the fashion tip though.

And that's it!  For all my people that have been hitting me up asking what type of sneakers to get or what are the best sneaker to buy for breaking, or if you're an aspiring BBoy/ Bgirl then here's 10 little tidbits of info to get you started. 

Hit me up, let me know what YOUR favorite Breaking sneakers are!

Mister Jones over and out