History of hip-hop dance scene in Japan
In Japanese hip-hop, dancing has been the center of the main cultrure, other than rapping, graffiti, and DJing. This is because dancing has a visual impact so everyone can uderstand, when it comes to dance there is not a language barrier.
Old School Era
Before Hip hop was introduced to Japan, there was soul dancing, the heart of a revolution of ongoing dance. Soul dancing was introduced to Japan through such shows as Soul Train in the 1970s. I would say this soul dancing played a role as foundation that enabled Japanese people to learn and accept black or street dance culture. Hip hop dance culture in Japan started after the movie “Flashdace” appeared to the public in summer of 1983 though some people had already known about it and started doing it before. Although the movie was not about breaking (or b-boying), few seconds of kids doing elecric boogie and breaking on the street caught many Japanese people’s attention. After Flashdance, many other movies followed such as “WILD STYLE”, “BEAT STREET”, “BREAKIN'”, and “BREAKIN’ 2”. Rock Steady Crew came to Japan in 1983 and Boogal Shrimp A.K.A. Turbo from the movie “BREAKIN'” came to Japan and planted the seeds of hip-hop dancing in Japan. There were many breaking crews. Some crew such as Be-Bop Crew (Fukuoka area), Imperial JBs (Hakata), Angel Dust Breakers(Osaka), Osaka Gangstar(Osaka), and Be-Bop Crew Tokyo (Tokyo) represented each areas and got props among dancers. During this era, dancers such as Popping Pete and Sketer Rabbit from Electric Boogaloo, Booglaoo Shrimp (a.k.a Turbo from Movie “Breakin’), Boo-Ya Tribe, Popping Taco, and Rock Steady Crew came to Japan and inspired lots of Japanese dancers. Especially, Popping Pete and Sketer Rabbit were often invited to Osaka which make Osaka popular as a place having many good poppers. (When Mr.Wiggles came to Osaka in 96 of summer, he was so impressed about Osaka because he says he never seen one place has so many poppers like Osaka.)
New School Era
New school hip-hop dancing era came with the boom of New Jack Swing music. This boom began in 1989 and 1990. The music video of artists such as Bobby Brown, Bell Biv Devoe, Heavy D, and M.C. Hammer proved that a new way of dance was coming alive and all of the young dancers were ready to explore this new form and make it real. You might remember that during this era, many rappers featured dancers. A local dance TV show called “DADA LMD” started in 1989. In comparison to the American Soul Train, there was a line dance at the end of the show. There were also the section of dance lesson introducing latest trendy steps instructed by regular dancers in the middle of the show. Later, these regular dancers made a debut as a singer and made commercial success. Also, there was another dance TV show called “Dance Dance Dance” . This show featured a dance contest competed by 4 group every week, and a special dance performance by the program’s regular dancers called “Megamix”. Since these two programs were local programs and also aired after midnight, the impact was not enough to create explosive boom of new dancing. The national TV show “Dance Koshien” started in 1989. This show was aired 8 o’clock on Sunday. This show is about street dance contest for high school students. (Actually, most of contestants appeared on TV were not high school students, though.) This show had a great impact on many young people that began to dance. Some people who made their appearance on Dance Koshien found their claim to fame. A group called “LL Brothers” was the most successful group from this show and became a singer later. The existence of these three dance programs show how much the popularity was big.
After this boom was over, many people stopped dancing. But at the same time, many still stayed in it. Combined with the people from old-school era (breaking era), these people brought the culture into next level. The street dancing became real culture not a trend.
New York and Japan
Among Japanese dance kids, dancers appeared on music videos are hereos and role models. Dancers such as Link, Stretch, Loose Joint, Ejoe, Calief, Peek A Boo, Marquest, Kito, Rubberband, and Brian were well known dancers in Japan. The trend of dance style used to change really quickly around 1991. The dancers who gave influence to Japanese dancers at this time are Shake (NY), Fendy (NY), Soul Brothers (LA), Robert (LA) and Scheme Team (LA). The only way to get catch up this trend was to watch music video at that time. One of the video which had a greatest impact on dancers was Lalah Hathaway’s “Baby Don’t Cry” featuring Mop Top crew and some other dancers. After this video, many dancers started to pay attention to NY sophisticated dance style. Many people began to visit New York City to actually see these dancers. The Japanese pop music group “ZOO” featured these dancers for their video. The docmentally program about street dancers in NY “ALIVE TV:wreckin’ shop from Brooklyn” also gave a great influence to dancers in Japan.
House dancing as a new form of dancing
Around 1992, some people realized the existence of other form of street dancing which is HOUSE dancing. The music video of Crystal Water’s “Gypsy woman” is said to the first dance video featuring house dancers, Calief and Peter Paul. (Actually, in NY, house dancing had been around for a while before that video.) Then, House dancing developed so quickly and now it is established in Japan as a category of street dance as well as hip-hop, breaking, locking, and popping.
Does Japan Keep Real?
Although it is started as boom, now hip-hop is culture and getting real gradually in Japan. However, Japanese people have tendency to follow something new from the US. They think that’s good because Americans do. They are crazy about buying expensive hip-hop gear such as Polo, DKNY, and Tommy because famous dancers in NY wear. This tendency has kept Japanese hip-hop culture from getting real. The language barrier is also the problem. Since most of them don’t understand What KRS-one is saying on the SOURCE magazine, they can not help depending on visual information so much that the culture is easy to be superficial. Since Hip Hop can be said a black culture, people think it is dope to dance like black people or even act like black, which is not real point of hip hop culture. However, it is true that the way Japanese enjoy the beat and the culture is almost exactly same as people in America. And Japanese people start understanding the significance of hip-hop and lifestyle gradually and trying to create their own hip hop.
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As a grizzled hip-hop vet, I can’t tell you how thrilling it is that curator Barbara London’s Looking at Musicseries has burned past the 1960s and ’70s to arrive, in its third iteration, in the 1980s and ’90s. Finally, it’s time for my peoples to shine!
From the very beginning, hip-hop culture has boasted a strong visual component. The city’s outer boroughs had been alive with creative ferment throughout the 1970s. Engaged in for the most part by youth of color, these disciplines took the shape of poetry (called “rap”), music (called “deejaying”), dance (called “b-boying” or “breakdancing”), and the visual arts (called “graffiti” or, by its practitioners, “writing”). By the very early 1980s, Bronx deejay and founding visionary Afrika Bambaataadeclared that these sometimes disparate scenes comprised a single culture, which he dubbed “hip-hop.”
Taking their cue from Bambaattaa, the pioneering promoters who first brought hip-hop downtown made sure that their shows included all four of its “elements”—not just deejays and rappers, but b-boys and graf writers. Among these promoters were Fab 5 Freddy, a graf writer himself, and Michael Holman, a filmmaker, photographer, and musician. (Holman and Jean-Michel Basquiat were also in a band together.)
This sensitivity to the visual aspects of the hip-hop culture were also present in Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin, the duo who teamed up to formDef Jam Recordings in 1984. (I was the label’s founding publicist.) Rick, a film student at NYU when he first began producing records, designed Def Jam’s striking and imperishable turntable logo and oversaw the design of the covers of the albums issued by Def Jam, as well as its advertising. The fashion-conscious Simmons directed the rappers Run and DMC to take their sartorial cues from deejay Jam Master Jay, whose devotion to Stetson hats, Adidas sportswear, and laceless sneakers defined hip-hop style on the streets of Hollis, Queens, in the early 1980s. (Of course, once Run-DMC started wearing that gear on their album covers and in their videos, the style quickly went international.) Russell was also alive to the cinematic appeal of hip-hop, which helps to explain how and why he, Rick, and their artists ended up at the center of 1985’s Krush Groove.
It is also to Def Jam’s credit that they employed a staff artist from the very beginning. That person was Cey Adams, a graf writer from Queens whose work was exhibited alongside Haring’s and Basquiat’s when graffiti first starting showing up in Manhattan art galleries in the early 1980s. At Def Jam, Cey created whatever was required, from gigantic canvas stage backdrops to logos to album covers to advertisements to clothing. It was also Cey who pushed Def Jam to move beyond graffiti, graphically, which struck him as “played out” by the mid-1980s. As a pure product of hip-hop culture, then, Cey was a wonderful choice to create one of the posters for Looking at Music 3.0.
For my part, I started collecting hip-hop artifacts in the late 1970s, motivated by the conviction that they possessed value as both history and art and that that value would increase with time. Several of the album covers in the show are from my collection, as are two posters. The Public Enemy “Nation of Millions” poster (1988) is naturally graced with the Public Enemy logo, which was designed by PE’s Chuck D, who studied graphic design while enrolled at Long Island’s Adelphi University in the early 1980s. As a music lover as well as an artist, Chuck was a particular student of logos. “From the Beatles’ Apple label to the Rolling Stones’ tongue to the brand for Iron Maiden, they held the rock world together,” he’s said. The PE logo—the silhouette of a b-boy in the crosshairs of a rifle sight—reflected Chuck’s belief that every young black man was a target in the eyes of the powers that be.
As the decades have passed, Cey Adams has tracked the influence of hip-hop visual style—and hip-hop-oriented artists—in the worlds of fine art (Banksy and Shepard Fairey, among many many others) and commercial art (from clothing to cars to fashion). This thesis is spun out at some length in Cey’s book,DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop (Collins Design 2008). That book can be seen, I think, as the catalog for an exhibition that is waiting to happen.
[AND MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT GOES TO BILL ADLER FOR BEING THE AUTHOR OF THIS BLOG]
1. Reggie (Intro) (Produced By The Futuristiks, Team Ready)
2. That’S Where I B F. Dj Kool (Produced By Efrain “F.A.M.E” Rodriguez, Ty Fyffe)
3. Def Jammable (Produced By Dj Khalil)
4. Full Nelson F. Ready Roc, Runt Dawg & Saukrates (Produced By Tone Mason)
5. Lift It Up (Produced By J. Rob )
6. All I Do F. Faith Evans (Produced By Freak!!)
7. Lemme Get 2 F. Saukrates (Produced By Rich Kidd)
8. Mic, Lights, Camera, Action (Produced By Rockwilder)
9. Cheerz F. Ready Roc & Melanie Rutherford (Produced By M-Phazes)
10. Rockin’ Wit Da Best F. Kool Moe Dee (Produced By Threesixty)
11. Lite 1 Witcha Boi F. Method Man & Bun B (Produced By Dj Mecca And Jimmy G Of The Audibles)
12. Whn The Lites Go Off F. Poo Bear (Produced By King David)
13. Tiger Style Crane (Produced By The Fyre Dept.)
Presise also known as Mike McNeill was born and raised in Aberdeen, North Carolina. With his life being jeopardized by two felonies and a misdemeanor at the age of 13, Presise figured he should find a hobby in order to have a brighter future and refrain from trouble.
For Presise to get the ball rolling and implement his plan he began to write plus going to teen clubs and parties promoting himself. After years of grinding he got spins in clubs and on some radio stations. Since then, Presise opened for big acts such as Frenchie (From Brick Squad), 36MAfia’s Project Pat, Dj Drama, Sauce, Rick Ross, Travis Porter, Trina and Def Jam’s recording artist Lil Ru which Presise recently did a collaboration with. The collaboration will be part of The Global Attack as well. Next mission at hand is to tackle the Global Attack Mixtape Series.
“Having all this under my belt makes me want to step it up more and more. I do this for the love and the love of it. Point blank period, I do this!”
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