Red Bull BC One 2010 - Bronx to Tokyo - Breaking the Divide Part 1

Uploaded by redbull on 15.11.2010

August 12th, 1973
The first Hip Hop party
that we acknowledged took place in the Bronx,
the home of Hip Hop.
That summer
I got the opportunity to see Hip Hop.
As soon as I saw it, I said, I can do that.
There was no question in my mind,
I can do that.
and not only can I do that, I can do that well.
and to see that being done like for me
to go see Flash mix two records
was amazing, because I had never seen that.
To see the B-Boying thing was kind of amazing to me, you know?
And to see Cowboy get on the mic,
and be the first to say, yes yes y'all,
to the beat y'all,
freak freak y'all,
rock rock y'all and this is the very beginning.
These are the building blocks. These are the A B Cs
of B-Boying and Hip Hop. Then,
Like thirty of us all went to Japan.
That was amazing. It was amazing.
In 1983
we brought the entire cast of Wild Style to Japan.
Our crew had somewhere close to forty people.
We immediately got into spraying murals,
we were hitting breakdance circles on the streets,
scratch mixing,
we brought a whole contingent of MCs. So you had this incredible
representative of the hottest breakdance crew
in the world coming to Japan,
really as the first time the people,
not only in Japan but around the world had seen Hip Hop.
When I went to New York 30 years ago,
the New Directors Festival was on
and they were playing a movie called "Wild Style".
It was an interesting mix of a documentary
and narrative film making
Hip Hop culture had just surfaced in New York at the time
so they made the film to document the lifestyle
I really got into the fashion as well as the whole youth movement
and I thought it would be interesting
to introduce the film in Japan
When we got to Tokyo, they greeted us
with all kinds of posters, pictures, and our Wild Style emblems,
and put graffiti around Wild Style, made us feel right at home.
Rock Steady Crew, they were breakdancing,
I mean Tokyo was so happy,
so surprised to see it live and in person
and it was the first time
they had seen the culture of Hip Hop.
They might have read about it,
but we brought it to them.
It was such a lovely time, we were there for thirty days.
Oh my God, the parties we went to on that trip were WILD.
Everywhere we went our
DJs would get on the turntable and start to show
the Japanese DJs in the clubs like scratching, and
you know DJ's be satnding there looking like
what are these guys doing? You know?
I remember that when Busy Bee
donned this white towel on his head,
and he wore white gloves and he called himself
the "Ayatollah of Hip Hop",
and he was striking these punk rock poses
in front of these Japanese kids to freak them out
just to see what they would do.
That image became the cover of my Wild Style book
because to me that moment was
Hip Hop going global.
The way Hip Hop DJ's in New York
scratched records with rappers
really influenced the first DJ's in Japan
Those DJ's went on to become famous
in the Japanese club scene,
influencing generations of DJ's to come
If I hadn't brought "Wild Style" to Japan,
I'm sure at some point
there would have been some influence from New York
However the influence from the early days of Hip Hop
wouldn't have been there
why I was like so happy to see
you do that piece outside man
nah, I didn't do that man
That's crazy man. That aint my style man
writin your style man, coming out here
out here makin money tryna hustle me man
It was our look, our style, our attitude
pure Hip Hop. And we came out to this
park and we had all of our media that would follow us.
The cameras and stuff, and we met and interacted with these kids.
And, you know, were looking at them like,
"Wow this is wild" and they were looking at us like, "Wow
what are you guys wearing?"
I remember that when we first started to see
Yoyogi Park
Ahead of us we saw all these youths
that looked like gangs because they were dressed
in identical black leather jackets.
and I remember Rodney Cee sort of looking at me like,
"Uh oh, something's gonna happen"
And here we were as a crew in like complete South Bronx Hip Hop style
with our sneakers and sweat clothes and
They had never seen anything like that and
Rock Steady Crew went in to the middle of this circle and started
hitting like wind mills and doing
head spins, all kinds of things
which completely baffled all these Japanese kids.
It was a real collision of cultures.
and as much as the Wild Style crew was totally unprepared
for how different Japan was going to be,
the Japanese were also equally
unprepared for what we were bringing to Japan.
It felt like, OK,
we're radical.
We're bringing the South Bronx to Tokyo.
I didn't know if Japanese people would get it or not.
There is nowhere quite like the South Bronx in Japan.
I had a feeling however that the visual side of Hip Hop
would influence the young and impressionable in Japan
The effect that we had on the youth in Japan
was interesting, because everywhere we would go,
our DJs would get on their system
and give a demonstration of cutting, scratching, mixing and rapping.
because nobody had ever saw this aspect of Hip Hop culture.
I remember coming back to Kyoto a few days later,
and in the same club we walked in and I could hear somebody scratching.
and I remember going, "who's that, DST? who's on
the turn table, is that Tony-Tone?"
No. It was a Japanese guy
that saw us last week in
Kyoto and he had learned that quick
a little bit of the basics of how to scratch a record on beat.
and I thought, "Wow!"
and that was the first sign that I got that
this culture was going to connect, really connect,
with people's minds.
When we were there in Japan,
our eyes were really opened for the first time of what global Hip Hop meant,
and the idea that Hip Hop wasn't just something in the Bronx,
or wasn't something just for New Yorkers.
That this was something that was going to take and seed
in places all over the world
and so there was this sense that
Hip Hop and Wild Style
were affecting teen culture almost while we were there.
Everywhere we would go in Tokyo I saw
Japanese school kids practicing breakdancing moves off on the side.
Later I was told about DJ Krush, from Japan,
who said that his experience with Wild Style
really influenced his entire Hip Hop career and really turned his life around
and that's an amazing statement.
The trip was amazing. It was amazing then and
it is amazing even now.
Obviously as we now know that Hip Hop culture
has become and still is very big in Japan.
We know that these seeds that we planted,
they bore a lot of good fruit.
To go to Japan and see these people
gravitate to Hip Hop, just embrace it, and
become a part of them, it was just amazing to me. I just couldn't believe
There are no words for me to just explain
or express the feelings that I was feeling by
having that opportunity to perform for them and
It confirmed for me that B-Boying and Hip Hop was going to be here forever.