Big L, Rest In Peace. Thanks to @lordfinesseditc, we were fortunate enough to meet this legendary emcee back in ‘97 at Rock Steady Crew 20th Anniversary Concert in the Bronx. Him and Finesse gave us a “radio drop” (station I.D.) for our community radio show, “The Circle Research Show” on CKLN 88.1fm. That reverb laden drop became a staple on our show and you better believe we used it to introduce many a d.i.t.c. track - all spun on vinyl, of course. #goldenera#communityradio#bigl#ditc#rocksteadycrew#thecircleresearchshow
Me when I see the weekend coming.
Mais avant, petite interro : photo de qui ? Quand ? Où ? Bonus : quel danseur ?
La réponse en une phrase magique : c’est (encore !) de #marthacooper dans les #80s dans les rues de #newyork 🤗
Et le danseur c’est #kenswift du #rocksteadycrew ✌🏼 tu connais pas ? Bah demande à Hajj Google, il va te donner un lien vers le blog de Tata 😆
Oui je parle de moi à la 3ème personne #Maggle 😘
Culture Shock LA presents the 16th annual H4: Hip Hop Has History 2019,
A Dance Education Summit held at @elementsdancespace .
This year, we have H4 Instructor @realkenswift! 😱
Ken Swift (born Kenneth James Gabbert) is a 2nd generation B-boy, and former Vice President of the Rock Steady Crew of which he was a longtime member and key figure. He is now President of the Breaklife and VII Gems Hip Hop movement in NYC. Ken Swift began B-Boying in 1978 at the age of 12 when he was inspired by dancers on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Widely known in the B-Boy world as "the Epitome of a B-Boy," he is universally considered by B-Boys to be the individual who has had the greatest influence on breaking. Ken Swift is credited with the creation of many dance moves. His original footwork and "freeze style" became a foundational part of breaking, which was considered new concepts at the time. He has several film credits to his name, including "Style Wars", the 1st hip-hop documentary, and the 1st hip-hop major motion picture, "Wild Style". His most famous movie was 1983's hit "Flashdance", and he also danced in the motion picture "Beat Street". He has participated in and judged dance competitions throughout countries all over the world and the throughout the U.S. Ken also organized a course for 7-11 year olds entitled “The History of Hip Hop Culture in New York: Focusing on Dance” in an Manhattan elementary school and in 2004, Ken founded “The Ken Swift School of Hip Hop Fundamentals” at Breaklife Studios in Brooklyn, New York, to allow for an environment for others to learn the art and history of hip hop.
| H4: Sunday, Feb 17 |
FULL DAY, ALL-ACCESS: $50
2v2 OPEN STYLES BATTLE: 5:30pm
$25 per crew to enter, $10 to watch
REGISTER FOR WORKSHOPS & BATTLES: www.cultureshockla.org
Philly born, Phoenix based, this man changed the way people look at Top Rock in Breakin' with his unique approach to musicality. He's a dope all-round artist, from design to graffiti and beat making. And he's also the senior Vice-President of the legendary @rocksteadycrew1977 , give it up for Ynot @ynotism ❗️🤘
Prince Ken Swift originally of Rock Steady Crew giving the classic Bboy mean mug as the late Kippy Dee and Lil Crazy Legs play the background!
Salute Martha Cooper for documenting this piece of Hip Hop History
Newyork City Breakers vs. Rock Steady Crew | Club ROXY in 1983 (Movie Beat Street 1984) Highlights
One of the part of our bibles. Super Classic all time. Thank you nyc breakers & rock steady crew 🙏 much respect to Action. Mr.wave. PowerfulPexter. Kid nice. Glidmaster. Lil lep. Flip rock. & crazy legs. Ken swift. Buck4. Kuriaki. Babylove. Dozegreen. Also REST IN PEACE Buck4. Kuriaki. Glidemaster 🙏
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