Video Break: The Week's Top 3

Posted by on Aug. 28, 2015

Red Bull BC One North America Final 2015 Action Clip

Re-live some of the best moments from Orlando, as Victor became the first-ever repeat North America Final champion, on home turf!

ABDC Season 8 Super Cr3w Week 3 by RandyOLegendX

Watch Super Cr3w dance their way to the finals of America's Best Dance Crew on MTV!

BGSK vs Rock Steady Crew @ Concrete All Stars 11th Anniversary by .stance

Photo courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool

How To B-Boy: Break Advice Season 5 - Napalm

Posted by on Aug. 27, 2015

Watch the all-new Break Advice Season Five, as B-Boy Napalm (Lionz of Zion, USA) talks about the creation of new moves in B-Boying.

Season Five of Break Advice was shot in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, at Ruggeds Studio. Each element of the dance is broken down in these online tutorials, from toprock and downrock, to tricks, transitions and power moves. Watch and learn as these international champions discuss techniques, personal styles, training tips, how to behave in battles and so much more. Follow Break Advice's Instagram here.

Video: #WelcometoLilou - Episode 7

Posted by on Aug. 27, 2015

Watch Episode Seven of #WelcometoLilou, as he discusses how sports inspired him to begin breaking. Follow Red Bull BC One All Star and two-time World Champion Lilou to Taiwan with the all-new #WelcometoLilou series and learn about the man behind the B-Boy legend.

Come back each week for a new #WelcometoLilou episode. Use #welcometolilou to keep up to date on everything he does as he travels around the world, dancing, judges battles and sharing cultures. Check out his Facebook page, and you can also follow Lilou on Instagram here, and his TVLilou channel here.

Photo by Little Shao/ Red Bull Content Pool

#TBT Breaking Battles: Lagaet at Raw Circles 2013

Posted by on Aug. 27, 2015

In 2013, B-Boys Lagaet and Bruce Almighty (Momentum Crew) became the only duo to win the Raw Circles event two times a row.  In 2012, Lagaet and Bruce took the win at Belgium’s most prestigious 2 vs 2 B-boy Battle for the first time. The following year, they defended their title with success defeating toughopponents like East Side BBoys, Foundnation and Extraordinary Gentlemen.  That day, Lagaet also fought another battle. Suffering from a severe stomach infection, Lagaet was rushed into the emergency room of a hospital just hours before the event. Lagaet tells the story .

Winning Raw Circles two years in a row is definitely one of my most memorable experiences in breaking. The second win is a particularly crazy story, since I was sick the entire event and I came it straight from the emergency room!

B-Boy Lagaet

The story starts in 2011 when I was doing the Blaze The Show Tour in Holland, together with B-Boys Hurricane Ray and Skychief. Ray had seen my skills during the theatre tour and decided to talk to B-Boy and MC Dziri, the promoter of the Raw Circles event.  Dziri invited Bruce and I in 2012, where we surprised everyone by defeating big crews like Pockemon, Knuckleheads Cali, Team Schmetta and, we took the title against Hustle Kidz in the final.

In 2013 we were invited to return to the event as champions.  We left our hometown Porto one day before the event and I remember I started feeling bad on my way to the airport. During the flight my sickness got worse and I started to feel terrible. After we landed in Belgium I went straight to the hotel and started to throw up the whole time. My stomach was in rollercoaster mode. It was crazy and I thought I was dying at one point, as I didn’t know the cause of my sickness.

B-Boy Lagaet

After a night from hell, I asked the Raw Circles staff to take me to the hospital. This sickness was too crazy. It was the day of the event and competing looked like mission impossible. But I had been so focussed on this jam for months. I really wanted to compete. Bruce already went to the event when I was brought to the hospital. We did prepare a lot for this second year so I was like, "give up? No freaking way!" I really wanted to take the title again.

At the hospital the doctor told me I had suffered food infection. My body was rejecting all of it, so he gave me a list of what to eat and what not to eat. He also gave me a paper to go buy specific pills. After I visited a pharmacy I went  straight to event.

I never thought I would be okay for the battles.  But this was just mental. I just wanted to win that jam again and the whole situation had made me mad. I decided to put all energy in the battles.  During the event I stayed in the backstage the entire time, kind of warming up right next to bathroom!

B-Boy Lagaet

Battling like this is weird, I wish it to no one. During the battle I felt pain, I was stiff to the max and felt dizzy all the time.  I think in every battle I went out first I just wanted to make it fast. We were winning every round but I couldn’t even enjoy the victories or smile
I just wanted to go back to bed, which I did straight after the competition.

When I returned home to Porto I had to go back to the hospital and got injected with serum for an hour.  You know about this liquid that they put in your veins at hospital?  I was injected a transparent liquid.  I guess that shows how crazy the situation was.

I learned some very important lessons from this experience. Always take care of your body, know what you eat and try to turn bad things into good. Difficulty can be your best friend, if you are strong enough to deal with it, it even can be an extra motivation in any situation. 

Photos by Nika Kramer/ Red Bull Content Pool and courtesy of Lagaet and Raw Circles

Rewind: Meet Georgia's Hip Hop Pioneers

Posted by on Aug. 26, 2015

What’s The Big Apple in The USA is Kutasi in Georgia. The Hip Hop capital, located in the in Imereti Region, has a history that spans back to the 90s– a time where free speech was limited in Georgia. To this day, the culture still remains an active, effective vehicle both for personal creativity and expression, as well as political protest.

The late 90s were considered Georgia’s darkest period in modern history, where satisfying basic needs to live was almost impossible, never mind artistic ones. And it was during that time that the DIY aesthetic of Hip Hop allowed early adopters to creatively express themselves and their lives through music, fashion, dance and culture, despite general rejection from society. Local MC Grotask remembers the times, saying that, “Our style is of camouflage, a way to recognize one another. Of course we cannot afford gold chains, but steel ones are acceptable too,” adding that it was quite difficult to source inspiration locally from outside Georgia’s borders.

“You could find the most precious cassettes in the tape recorders of the imported cars, of course without the covers,” he said.

One of the pioneers of Georgian Hip Hop was Baju, along with several other musicians in the 90s who introduced this genre to the young generation. But the first steps of breaking in Georgia came with the millennium, nearly 30 years after its birth in New York City. 

Robi Leontiev, known as B-Boy Pioneer, was the Georgia’s true B-Boy trailblazer. He discovered it, and fell in love instantly, quickly grasping its style within three months. After some time, he opened his own dance school and formed the crew, Flying Style. In 2002, a debut video of the collective was aired on TV and it was the very first time that Georgian breakers were seen by the general public in their home country.

“I got interested in breaking in 2001. At that time no one knew what it was. I tried to find some videos of breaking and learned some techniques as quickly as I could. From there I opened the school, because I did not want to train alone,” says B-Boy Pioneer, winner of the 2013 and 2014 Red Bull BC One Caucasus Cypher.

Red Bull BC One Caucasus Cypher 2014

Many new B-Boy crews came to the scene in late 2000s, such as Next Level, who were introduced to a wider audience after participating in one of the most popular local TV shows, Georgia’s Got Talent (Nichieri).  After some time many gifted B-Boys and B-Girls were introduced to the whole country as breaking grew in popularity. As a Georgian business formed, underground artists were increasingly sharing stages in national performances and broadcasts, further widening Hip Hop’s scope on a national scale. But despite the commercialization of the art, the protesting power of Georgian Hip Hop not only stayed alive then, but continues to today.

Pioneer took a three- year pause from the dance, but after watching a Red Bull BC One World Final, got right back to his real passion. “Red Bull BC One was the one who helped us the most. Local Red Bull office helped us to hold the Transcaucasian Cypher 2010,” he said. “We were going to make the same tournament the next year, but they sent us the judges and the history of Red Bull BC One in Georgia began. It was the huge step forward for us.”

Pioneer Caucasus Winner 2013

As time passed, the younger generation also took more interest in the dance form over time.  Two years ago, Rustavi City became the host of the final tour of local breaking championship. Well-known German collective, Flying Steps, visited Tbilisi in 2012. As a result, the Rustaveli National Theatre was overcrowded by the people intrigued by the mix of modern street dance and academic culture. 

The Red Bull BC One Caucasus Cypher was first held in Georgia in 2011. Nowadays, Tbilisi has already hosted four shows, and on September 5 the Red Bull Eastern Europe Final 2015 will be held in Tbilisi State Circus.

More Than 10 years have passed. The one-considered freaks, wearing what was perceived as weird clothing and having aggressive moves, now have a way to make a living from their art. They can also battle in professional events in their home country and have the chance to be inspired by traveling groups, like Flying Steps and the Red Bull BC One All Stars.

Hip Hop, like some other subcultures in Georgia, remains a strong weapon to reveal societal ills. For example, young musicians participated in the project, My City. Young and enthusiastic, DJs and MCs recorded some tracks for the project. Among them were Kazzy Jazz and sf-F, who created tracks about 21st century Tbilisi and the problems of Georgian society.

Red Bull BC One Caucasus Cypher 2014

Nowadays, Hip Hop faces great changes in Georgia. Commercialization is suddenly the most important goal to achieve for local artists. MC Grotask spoke of two sides of the same coin on the topic:

“It’s commercial – my main income comes exactly from working in this genre. Here in Georgia, there’s everything you can see and feel, just like in some other Western countries, but then it’s not what you may think is commercial at the same time. Our local target market is really small, and there are actually no music labels in Georgia.”

Unfortunately, during the whole history of Georgian Hip Hop, musicians and their audience has never a true club. In spite of this setback, the country hosts a few big and important events each year. The Red Bull BC One Eastern Europe Final 2015 will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia on September 5. Watch the battles live and see who will advance to Rome right here at The Final also marks the first time in Red Bull BC One history in which a B-Girl will compete.

Photos by Nika Kramer/ Red Bull Content Pool