So this one’s a bit personal. There’s no technical info, nothing to learn, it’s just me talking. I had a conversation recently about passion when it comes to b-boys and it’s something that’s been on my mind a lot since. This is going to be kind of a two-for-one blog. First half is something I wrote on Myspace in the period after I tore my ACL but before I tore my meniscus and had surgery and there are some thoughts in there that kind of exemplify what I’m talking about when I talk about passion. After that, I’m giving my current thoughts on the topic. Continue reading
I’ve seen a lot of discussion on Facebook, forums, at jams, at house parties after the jam, and in car rides that revolve around “All Styles” battles (I’ll explain why I’m using quotes later). There’s a lot of controversy as to what they are, what they should be and how (or even if) they should be integrated in to the b-boy community. These discussions always seem to occur with a lot of b-boys and b-boy promoters chiming in but the thing that’s absent is input from the all styles competitors, judges, and DJ’s themselves. In the rush to figure out how it fits in the b-boy community, they seem to have been left largely out of the equation.
In the past three years I’ve ended up DJ’ing a lot of All Styles battles at Bashville Stampede, the Battle Ground Zero series in Indiana, and the Sickest of the South series in Baton Rouge along with several in Atlanta. Over time, I’ve grown to really enjoy these battles and the vibe the competitors bring to it and I respect what I think is a new scene in it’s own right. In this post, I wanted to talk about my thoughts on the “All Styles” scene; what I think lead to it, where it is, and where I think it will or should go from here. Continue reading
If you live in Atlanta or ever came to visit there’s a very good chance you’ve been taken to MJQ Concourse. If you’ve never been try to imagine a parking garage converted into a club playing just about every genre of music you can think of. MJQ has been a staple for the Atlanta b-boy and street dance scene since it opened. We’ve always been welcomed and supported by a majority of the staff, particularly Poppy and JP who work the door (well used to, Poppy retired but JP’s still there). Go on any Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday and you’re bound to find a cypher. I’ve been to a lot of clubs and none of them have the same great vibe for dancers that MJQ has. The DJs are eclectic and most actually have a pretty good idea what b-boys like and are willing to throw us a bone from time to time and give us a full b-boy set for a few minutes.
Recently Creative Loafing wrote a pretty interesting article tracing the history of the club through quotes from those that actually lived it. It’s definitely worth the read if you’ve ever been to MJQ or plan on going.
I’ve been doing the All Styles battles at Bashville Stampede for the past 3 years now and each years there’s always a lot of questions of how it’s run, what type of music gets played, and most of all what is an all styles battle anyway? I’m gonna try and address a lot of those questions with this brief FAQ. This is all regarding how All Styles battles go at Bashville Stampede and how a lot of the ones are run that I typically DJ. Some events may vary from what I say.