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Old 05-01-2005, 04:51 AM   #1
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Hip Hop History pt 1

written by: Mr Wiggles, Rock Steady Crew
learn the roots
before Run DMC, Before sugar Hill Gang
this is the true stroy of Hip Hop
and this ain't no word of mouth info
this is knowledge from someone who was in the BX when sh&t was going down.

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HIP HOP INFLUENCES:
JAMES BROWN
James Brown's music has influenced HIP HOP overall, from his dancing, call and response, his musical feel, his influence on BREAK BEATS or FUNK DRUMMING. James Brown hired so many influential drummers and musicians in his band that he pretty much single handedly shaped the world of BREAK BEAT MUSIC.
FUNK DRUMMING
THE BREAK BEATS. From EARL PALMER to CLAYTON FILLYAU to CLYDE STUBBLEFIELD. these FUNK DRUMMERS created the beats that made HIP HOP music what it is today.
JAMES BROWN GOOD FOOT:
From what the original N%g%a TWINS say. James Browns movements inspired young BBOYS dance styles.
AFRICAN DANCE / CAPOEIRA (Angola):
The roots to HIP HOP culture is in it's bloodlines. And in CAPOEIRA you can see the movements and it's similarities to BBOYING.
HOOFIN/ TAP / FLASH STYLE:
(SAMMY DAVIS JR. NICHOLAS BROTHERS)
If you look at certain footwork patterns and steps where SAMMY DAVIS kicked his feet out, and certain ground moves done by groups like the NICHOLAS BROTHERS. you can definitely see the influence on BREAKING>
SALSA/ BOMBI PLENA:
In the Latino communities throughout NYC, allot of style and they way the did there moves had that feel of a SALSERO. So the flava and moves like the RUMBA, and many other played a major roll in the shape and style of LATINO BBOYS. Especially when dealing with the UPROCKERS and TOP ROCKERS.
NATIVE AMERICAN DANCE / FANCY DANCE:
The same as in Salsa, NATIVE dance especially the FANCY DANCE influenced TOP ROCKING and UPROCKING. Especially in the footwork and the head movements.
KUNG FU MOVIES:
MARTIAL ARTS movies was so popular among young African Americans and Latinos. That we would go to 42nd street back in the late 70's and early 80's where you can watch like 5 Kung Fu movies for $3-$5. And young BBOYS would borrow moves and styles and mix it with there dance. Like KEN SWIFT'S PYTHON TOPROCK.
GYMNASTICS:
BBOYS like TRACK 2 would combine movements from there gymnastics background into there breaking. Like Track's hand stand pirouette which help lead to CRAZY LEG'S one hand spin which became known as the 1990. Also young new comers like BBOY GERMAN who incorporated the THOMAS FLARE into his dance routine, and was one of the early pioneers in mixing gymnastics with power moves.

AN EARLY PERSPECTIVE OF THE BRONX BEFORE AND DURING THE CREATION OF HIP HOP
in the late 60's early 70's there was a revolution goin on in the streets of NYC. we had some of the sickest gangs rumbling in the parks at midnight, and running the ghetto hoods block by block. Back then being in a gangs like being in a family. and your family was also your entire neighborhood. Some gangs stretched out throughout the entire NYC area, and had chapters in every borough.
BLACK SPADES
SAVAGE NOMADS
SAVAGE SKULLS
CHINGALINGS
GHETTO BROTHERS
THE IMMORTALS
YOUNG SINNERS
ROYAL CHARMERS
THE SEVEN CROWNS
JAVELINS
GLORY STOMPERS
BLUE DIAMONDS
Being raised in the Bronx myself, i grew up on east Treomont in Grand Concourse near Echo park (an area known for gangs and original hip hop jams). where i lived we were surrounded by Javelins and Black Spades. I was constantly learning my street knowledge by hangin out with baby javelins in Echo park when i was only around 6-7 years old. i drank my first liquor in echo park with SHORT STOP from the javelins, i smoked my first cigarette picking up buts off the streets while playing hookie at age 7, i started my first fire by echo park during school hours and watched the smoke rise till pedestrians yelled at me and i ran, i also learned my first tag and was givin the name "lil KOOL KAT" by my older sister. i was hung out my apartment window 4 flights by members of a gang called the IMPERIAL SPADES that my older sister CINDY hung out with. Every time my sis left the room they would grab me and hang me out the window. lol. i was always finding 007 knives, stilettos, and broken clackers (a toy that had two heavy balls attached to a string and made a click clack noise when you swung it. It was used as a gang weapon and became banned due to violence). during these times the music was based on allot of heavy rock (Jimi Hendrix), and heavy revolutionary soul (James Brown). i learned tons of ghetto rhymes growing up in the streets from the older cats.
Growing up amongst, gang violence, drugs, poverty, police harassment, broken down abandon buildings, and bad schools added to this rebellious attitude that the youth had towards society. it was like living in a war zone at times. hearing gun shots in the allies at night and seeing the blood stained streets the next morning on your way to school. that was mine and every other young kids life in the south Bronx during these times. back the rumbles could start over any thing from stepping on some ones shoes, messing with the wrong girls, or being in the wrong turf and not removing your colors (gang jacket). The south Bronx gangs emulated the biker gangs except most Bronx gangs couldn't afford bikes. So war seemed like the only vehicle that these gangs rode. and there was allot of wars. weapons of choice were zip guns (home made weapon), bats (sometimes with nails in them), Molotov cocktails, sawed off shot guns, hand grenades, chains, 007's, stilettos, clackers, nun chucks, pipes, ect. And to become a member of one of these gangs you would have to go through some sort of test. One such test was called the APACHE LINE, where a new recruit would have to walk in between two line of gang members and get beat down from one side to the other. Another test was RUSSIAN ROULETTE, and as brotha LUCKY STRIKES put it in the book YES YES YALL. Allot of potential gang members were left dead in abandon building, with the police thinking it was suicide and not a gang recruiting ceremony.
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Old 05-01-2005, 03:49 PM   #2
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Re: Hip Hop History pt 1

Nice write-up Wiggles. LoL - I actually remember those two parallel line beat downs. What memories! My father grew up on 167th Grand Concourse.

Tremont, High Bridge, Melrose, Mott Haven - from these Bronx areas emerged the likes of Herc, Kent, Flash, La Rock, etc. It's too bad though - I haven't heard of any NEW MC's stem from this area in decades.
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Fuck, haven't had time to read it fully yet but i will later on, and il drop my opinions or whatever, nice stuff.
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Re: Hip Hop History pt 1

I dont know why Mr. Wiggles would be on a internet rap board speaking to the deaf, but okay. THis is right on, I was wondering if you can contribute it as an article to

http://www.urbanhype.org/

and the e-mag that is starting up
I was asked to write something as well, but you as an addition would also be a definite plus.


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Re: Hip Hop History pt 1

you got it
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