We used dance some days,
to the wild style breakbeat,
remembering the days
of tattered cardboard and crews –
Where Cinema City was
the pinacle of our worlds
revolution, and the graf
flowed free and un-hindered
through the underpasses of our City –
That smell of half wet spray, lingered
on our shoes along with the flecks of
aqua and fuscia blues spattered on
the Fila jackets we used to use –
and each Saturday you could find us,
massing outside the McDonalds on Hay,
Trading designs and hip-hop chimes
via cassette and faded sketchpads,
talking in our own broken rhymes…
These days the beats still meander
through the memories of Perths
Hip-Hop culture – and we no longer
loiter round Cinema City’s foyer,
instead, we congregate some nights,
those of us who remember –
And sometimes in rumination,
our conversations wander back
to the days when the old school
was so damned new and un-squandered,
and the B-boys and Girls lived, lost
and pondered, and when those beats
start over we relive those moments,
more fresh than the scent
of Tuxan –
Sweet, un-capped, and
this was in aid of this event that I’m going to go see next week –
PROFILE : Rock Steady Crew
The Rock Steady Crew was established in 1977 by Bronx b.boys Jimmy D and Jojo. Only the best b.boys were down with Rock Steady. To get into Rock Steady you had to battle one of the other b.boys in the crew. It was a competition few people won.
The turning point for Rock Steady was in 1981 when people began to take notice of all the noise new members Crazy Legs, Frosty Freeze, Take One, Little Crazy Legs and Ken Swift were making in Manhattan. In the winter of 1982 the Rock Steady Crew were invited to perform alongside the “Godfather of
Hip Hop” Afrika Bambaata not soon after being invited to become members of the Zulu Kings and becoming an integral part of the Zulu Nation.
It was during this period The Rock Steady Crew made several not just noteable appearence’s but classic timeless appearences in all the legendary Hop Hip Classic movies “Beat Street”, “Wild Style” and “Style Wars”`to only name a few.
In 1983 Charisma Records approached the Rock Steady Crew with a record deal. The record “Hey You, The Rock Steady Crew” was in the top ten charts in Great Britain and sold over a million copies … Later in the 80’s the Rock Steady Crew again rose to notreity for their musical “So, What Happens Now?” which has since gone on to break attendance records. The Rock Steady Crew represent the essence of hip-hop culture … an icon and enduring standard …
* Crazy Legs : Richard “Crazy Legs” Colón a 24-year veteran of Hip-Hop culture, is one of the original members of the Rock Steady Crew and Ghettoriginal Productions and has been featured in such films as Flashdance, Beat Street, Wild Style and Style Wars.
* Fabel : President of the Hierophysics crew, Senior Vice President of the Rock Steady Crew, member of Magnificent Force, and an honorary member of the Electric Boogaloos.
* Alien Ness : Original member of Boogie Down Productions he has appeared in the movies ”The Last Dragon” and ”Krush Groove,”. ”He’s numero uno… The original… b-boy killer.” Afrika Bambaatta – Godfather of Hip-Hop
* Fever-1 : Fever one has been featured in several music videos (DJ Honda, LFO & Tony Touch) and judged battles for Rock Steady Crew and Zulu Nation anniversaries.
* Q-Unique : Q Unique would partake in the other elements as well as Breakin’ in The Roots “Clones” video and Def Squad “Rappers Delight Remake” video. He has also DJ ‘s in various Hip Hop events and venues also putting out a series of his own mix tapes.
* GEO : “Geo is one of the illest b-boys out there.” Grand Wizard Theodore Creator of the ”Scratch”.