Each week, Red Bull BC One All Star RoxRite answers your questions from Facebook about breaking and its culture. Watch as he explains his views on biting in the new generation of breaking, and some personal anectdotes from his career and what kept him strong during rough times.
Got a quetion for RoxRite? Visit the Red Bull BC One Facebook page and ask. Answers are posted here on the blog the following week.
Cover photo courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool
Cover photo by Thijn van der Linden
Each week, we present the best #BCONE Instagram of the week. Check out this video from USA breaking legend Iron Monkey, as he got ready for the Red Bull BC One Asia Pacific Final 2014 after party.
Iron Monkey participated in the first-ever Red Bull BC One World Final in 2004, which took place in Biel, Switzerland.
Follow Iron Monkey @bboyironmonkey.
Tomorrow’s battle will see the top B-Boys from the Asia Pacific region go head to head for the last ticket to Paris. Expectations match the high level amongst the dancers, some of which are Red Bull BC One veterans and others who are new to the international scene. And who will have the privilege to judge this elite group of B-Boys? Meet the judges.
First, there is Brazilian Red Bull BC One All Star Neguin, the 2010 World Champion. Next on the judges panel is France’s Mounir, the 2012 World Champion and the only B-Boy in Red Bull BC One history to have won every level of battle, from Cypher, to Final to World Final. Lastly, there is Japan’s star B-Boy Katsu, a member of the Mighty Zulu Kingz.
We took the judges out for a photo shoot, and Red Bull BC One All Star Wing joined us on our little trip. He’s in Taipei to support his brother Sim, who will be competing for the first time in the Red Bull BC One Asia Pacific Final tomorrow
Red Bull BC One All Star channels Bruce Lee: "Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick."
The judges hijack a truck.
Katsu aims high.
Fooling around during rehersal.
Vagabonds' Mounir salutes you.
Wing copying the 101 Tower.
Photos by Nika Kramer/ Red Bull BC One Content Pool
Battle of the Year 25th Anniversary Official Recap by The Legits
Follow the historical breaking event, as Battle of the Year celebrated a quarter century!
BOTY 2014 One-On-One Battle by .stance
Watch the .stance official recap of the BOTY 2014 solo battle, where Alcolil took the title.
Cheerito Solverde B-Boy Gala Winner, Portugal, by YAK x Silverback
Red Bull BC One Russia Cypher and Eastern Europe Final Champion, Russia'a Cheerito, puts another victory to his name with the win at this Portuguese one-on-one event.
This Saturday is the last stop on the road to the Red Bull BC One France World Final, in Paris! Who will win the next ticket to France? Who is your favorite contender this weekend?
The B-Boys all arrived in Taipei, and so far it’s all fun and games. But on Saturday the fun will be over, and only one B-Boy will advance to the World Final.
Welcome to a day in the life of a Red Bull BC One Final. Today, the B-Boys started from the hotel at 8:00 AM for a photoshoot on the ground of the National Palace Museum, where the battle will be held on Saturday. After the shoot it was time for lunch, then the afternoon flew by with interviews, video and portrait shoots. At 7:00 PM, the whole gang went out for dinner and, after an hour of rest, everybody went to practice in the B-Boy studio.
Tomorrow the B-Boys have some time off in the morning, and in the afternoon they will go to the venue for a rehearsal. The venue is awesome and the stage is outside – don’t miss the livestream right here at redbullbcone.com on Saturday at 16.00 UTC+08:00. Check out some of the best snaps from today's shoot.
Red Bull BC One All Star Taisuke is one of the favorites for the Final.
South Korean B-Boy Octopus lives true to his name.
New Zealand's B-Boy Akorn in zen mode.
Korean B-Boy Zooty Zoot seems to wonder...
The Korean B-Boys, always having fun. Last year's semifinals and final saw only Korean and Japanese B-Boys in battle.
Australia's top B-Boy, Blond, is super focused and determined to take the title home.
Japanese Red Bull BC One All Star Taisuke poses for a portrait with the rest of the Top 16.
Japanese B-Boy JustFit reaches for the stars.
Last year's Asia Pacific Final Champion, Japan's Nori, takes it easy.
All photos by Nika Kramer/ Red Bull Content Pool
Cover photo courtesy of DJ DBO
Each week, we present the best #BCONE Instagram shot of the week. Check out this snap from @osminojik, featuring Red Bull BC One All Stars Ronnie and Hong 10 in Russia.
It was the twenty-fifth year of BOTY and my eleventh time in attendance, and I have to say it was my favorite one! It was just perfect, from the Cyphers outside and inside the Volkswagen Halle, to all the action onstage. Battle of the Year, like The Notorious IBE is a family affair. You meet everybody from the breaking world. This was the 25th Aniversary BOTY and it needed to be celebrated in style.
The evening started with a video clip, a journey into 25 years of Battle of the Year, a new trophy, presented by BOTY creator Thomas Hergenröther, and a shout-out to MC Trix, who had retired from his job as BOTY host and had been replaced by MC D-Stroy from the USA. Trix, you were missed! In honor of the 25th anniversary, Spax and D-Stroy changed costumes several times that night showcasing different dress styles of Hip Hop history.
This year, many people agreed, each and every one of the 16 shows was really exciting—there was never a dull moment! Also, the side acts during the breaks were celebrated this year. First a Bonny and Clyde exhibition battle between first and second place winners of the one-on-one battle, Alcolil and Kleju, teamed up with the B-Girl battle winners, Shie-Chan and Nagi. The vote of the judges went unanimously to Kleju and Nagi. The second showcase was performed by the world-famous Jabbawockeez, from Las Vegas, and the audience went wild!
The six crews that made it into the battles this year were: S.I.N.E crew from Vietnam—it was the first time Vietnam made it into the battles and they were super excited to be able to show their battle skills. The Ruggeds (The Netherlands), Body Carnival (Japan), Infamous (France), Fusion MC (South Korea) and Predatorz (Russia). Fusion MC and Predatorz, who had made first and second place with their showcases, met in the final battle and the Russians– who seemed unstoppable– took the title. What a night! Definitely one to remember. Check out the photos fromt the evening.
Predatorz fly to victory!
South Korea's Fusion MC performance won "Best Show."
Jabbawockeez performed at BOTY for the first time and were blown away by the scene event.
While 10 years ago, many crews had B-Girls, this year, only two did: Body Carnival had two B-Girls and Soul Mavericks showed up with famous B-Girls Eddy and Terra.
Predatorz were the stars of the night!
The festive atmosphere in the sold-out Volkswagen Halle Braunschweig. Lil Kim sang "put your lighters up" in 2005, but now it's "put your smart phones up!"
South Korea's Fusion MC, winner of "Best Show" and runners-up at the final.
Battle of the Year Champions 2014: Predatorz, from Russia, pose for a photo with the judges.
Photos by Nika Kramer
Martha Cooper and I first asked Thomas Hergenröther if we could organize a We B*Girlz B-Girl battle at the Battle of the Year in 2006, and the format has become a BOTY tradition ever since. What is a B-Girl Battle? It’s when 16 girls dance and Japan wins. All jokes aside, the B-Girl line-up was impressive during this year's 25th edition, but just as in the last few years, the Japanese reigned supreme on the dancefloor. Shie-Chan and Nagi won the final round versus Pauline and Rose, from Holland.
Eight years of the battle later, many of the girls have told me that they would love for us to organize another festival, like the legendary We B*Girlz Festival in Berlin in 2008 that went on for four weeks. It was the world’s biggest festival for women in Hip Hop at the time, and I believe that one day we will do it again!
On Saturday on the big stage at Volkswagenhalle, Shie-Chan and Nagi mixed up with Alcolil and Kleju for a Bonnie & Clyde show battle during the battle break. Check out the photos from the battle!
Holland's Rose as we know her– cool and calm.
apanese B-Girl Shie-Chan and Nagi of (Qweenz of Qweenz) hype each other before the final battle by slapping each other on the back - hard!
Japanese B-Girl Shie-Chan of legendary B-Girl crew Qweenz of Qweenz
Bulgarian power legend Queen Mary teamed up with Greece's Maggoosh, but the Dutch team shut them out in the first round.
Sixteen girls dance and Japan wins...
Unanimous decision: judges and audience vote for Japan.
All photos by Nika Kramer