"...AND IF YOU WANNA KNOW WHY WE'RE AT THE TOP OF THE PILE, 'CAUSE WE GOT STYLE!'
-GRANDMASTER FLASH "STYLE" 1986
We've been digging through the depths of the web to pull together our favorite B-BOY videos, and to fill you in one where the sport is currently at in 2016!
The roots of the sneaker game certainly pay a lot of tribute to B-boy culture from the 70's, 80's and 90's respectively, sneakers like the Air Force 1 and the Nike Cortez have heavy heritage in B-Boy culture, which was born on the streets of the US, and quickly exploded into Europe and Asia. B-boy breaking now spans every corner of the globe. Both Sneaker culture and BBOY culture began around the same era, as both cultures flourished and thrived off each other, the people partaking in either began to experiment more with fashion and street-style, especially footwear.
To date, B-boy tournaments are now global events, 2014 saw the unification of 8 separate B-BOY championships, which all joined to form the WORLD BBOY SERIES which took place in London last April, and saw contestants travel from the likes of Asia and Europe to enter and showcase their finest moves. The final was a gripping contest between Team France and Team Korea, you can view that below.
Just like any urban sport, whether it's skateboarding or BMX, as it is past down from generation to generation, people are consistently and constantly striving to one-up each other, creating crazier moves, adding more rotations, and all out inventing new tricks that nobody would have even thought was possible 20 years ago.
Alongside the generation gaps and the influence this has had on breaking, the multicultural aspect of B-boy is so important today, with such an array of cultures involved in the sport, it is amazing to witness the differences in how each countries dancers perform, and what they can bring to the dance-floor. With places like Shanghai and Hong kong showing huge increases in the number of people B-boying in the past few years. Although the pace of the sport may have slowed down in Great Britain, it still has a firm place in the hearts of those who grew up immersed in the culture.
We HIGHLY recommend watching the documentary PLANET B-BOY, which we have also attached below, which follows various crews in the run up to a major competition, filmed in 2007.
Thanks to the world wide web, B-Boy culture has continued to expand at an explosive pace. Both old school and new school heads use the web to post their latest sets and clashes, with the videos often racking up millions of views.
The web can also offer some surprising clips, including children with some INSANE talent, and the likes of the Crackhead Bop (shown below).