“I truly believe the RED BULL BC ONE has helped elevate the element of B-Boying to a level never imagined. Being the original host of this event I can only expect greatness. The crème de la crème, the world’s greatest, competing on the world’s supreme B-Boy stage—the RED BULL BC ONE!”
RAHZEL has a longstanding relationship with the RED BULL BC ONE. The undisputed “Godfather of Noyze” has hosted the finals three times around
RAHZEL has re-defined beatboxing and this year he will host the RED BULL BC ONE Asia Pacific Qualifer and will surely electrify the audience
with his unique talent.
Calling himself a “vocal percussionist,” he has perfectly mastered this Hip Hop art form and has emerged as a true virtuoso. He has expanded the art of beatboxing in a unique way by creating vocal beats using just his lips, cheeks, gums, and Adam’s apple while singing lyrics simultaneously, as in his famous a cappella performance of “If Your Mother Only Knew.”
RAHZEL grew up in Queens, New York and recalls that “not having” was never an excuse for “not doing.” Just as the essence of Hip Hop is making something out of nothing, RAHZEL learned how to feed his need to be creative.
“We didn’t have turntables inside the locker room and we couldn’t bring our boom box in there. Either we were banging on the locker, or somebody was making music with their mouth. I was the one who made the beats with my mouth. I worked hard so that if you closed your eyes you would swear that you were hearing a record, a radio, or a band” says RAHZEL.
RAHZEL is best known as a member of “The Roots”. His eagerly anticipated debut album on MCA Records, entitled “The Fifth Element: Make the Music 2000” boasted guest performances by several well-known artists, including Aaron Hall, Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, and members of The Roots.
Amongst MCing, RAHZEL has worked on albums with artists Die Fantastischen Vier, Slick Rick, RZA, Cee-Lo, Björk and many more. RAHZEL’s beat boxing skills are also featured on “The Crystal Method’s” album.
“In every important phase of Hip Hop, I was there,” he says, “absorbing everything that was going on.”