I (Mex) realized that many of the recent blogs have been about jams and competitions. A few days ago it kind of “hit me” that I have to keep balance. A blog should be about news and concerns in the community and not always on some “SportsCenter” reports. The jams take place on the weekends but we still have 5 weekdays to talk about/point out certain things that are affecting or concerning our community.
I’ve recently started “Advice to the younger generation” on our The Bboy Spot FB account, but on the March 14th weekend while on the trip to District Classic a younger up and coming bboy came along with Keebz, myself and a few others. The bboy had a lot of questions and I notice that many times our answers only confused him. At one point he said he should consider quitting because he just didn’t “get it”. We obviously told him to chill with the “quitting” part and instead went into detail about what we meant.
The new generation of bboys gets a lot of heat and often times disregarded because “they don’t know whats up” or because they don’t know “our struggles”, come from a different background or because their favorite bboy is a new guy and not an OG. Truth is we can’t expect a young bboy to understand when we say “I used to go to Blockbuster and ask if they had Beat Street or Wild Style”. Chances are they have no idea what “Blockbuster” even is. They know what the era shows them. We know Ken Swift and Rock Steady because they are the super stars of our era. Newer generations know Rox Rite, Kid David, Casper, Menno and many others because they are the super stars of this era.
With that being said, I decided that every Monday we will feature a blog called: ADVICE TO THE NEW GENERATION. So lets start….
KNOW YOUR HISTORY. There is probably nothing more important than learning the history of not just breaking, but Hiphop Culture. A famous quote reads: In order to know who you are, you have to know where you came from. This quote is beyond truth! How can one claim to be a bboy if they do not know the history of the dance? If they don’t know Hiphop as a culture? Claiming to be a bboy should be special and something to be proud of. I always say if you are inspired by the moves and not the art then one day you will quit because the day will come when you can’t do those moves anymore, but when it’s the culture and lifestyle that inspires you, you can be part of this dance/culture for ever.
Listen to the older heads in your community. If you don’t like them, do it from a distance. No one said they have to be your role models. I will be the 1st to say many of them are a bunch of low life
assholes. But thats them and their life does not mean they don’t know some truth. THEY DO. Travel. there is more to life than what you wake up to every day. Same goes with breaking, you get to appreciate things a lot more when you travel. You get to meet tons of people and hear more stories. You make friendships that may last a life time.
For now, start by watching the documentaries and movies you see in the blog. Just be very open minded when watching them. They all have a piece of history that holds value in our community. Lastly, never be afraid to ask questions !
These are just a few piece of advice and hopefully it can inspire you to find more.