Film Screening: Bouncing Cats at Fourth Wall


We’re excited to be hosting this film screening tomorrow – hosted by Crazy Legs (Rocksteady Crew)!

Bouncing Cats- Directed by Nabil Elderkin

Hip hop has come a long way in 30 years. Today it’s influence can be seen in nearly every aspect of modern pop culture as it has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. But long before it was used to sell fast food and laptops, hip hop was a culture born in reaction to the crime and poverty that terrorized our inner cities. It gave a voice to those who had been marginalized by society and a creative outlet for all who cared to be a part of it. Setting out to challenge inequalities, DJs, MCs, writers and b-boys created a movement that would soon transcend all social and geographical boundaries.
In going mainstream, hip hop and the industry that grew around it began to take on more marketable pop sensibilities. Yet even as social consciousness recedes back into the underground, the culture and it’s four elements continue to resonate with those around the world facing inequality and persecution.
In the upcoming documentary BOUNCING CATS we get a glimpse into modern day Uganda where decades of war, disease and poverty have made it one of the worst places on Earth to be a child. It follows the story of Abraham “Abramz” Tekya, a Ugandan b-boy and A.I.D.S. orphan, who is working to create a better life for the children of his homeland through the transformative power of hip hop culture. As the founder of Breakdance Project Uganda he has created a network of b-boy classes and workshops throughout the country which provide hope and creative outlets for the country’s youth. The film features narration by Common and interviews with Mos Def, Will.I.Am, and K’Naan among many others.
Bouncing Cats was produced by Red Bull Media House and directed by first-time filmmaker Nabil Elderkin. All proceeds from the film will go to Breakdance Project Uganda.

On FRIDAY AUGUST 6TH, REDBULL and the FOUTH WALL PROJECT will host a FREE screening of the film followed by discussion and analysis by some very special guests.

Founder of the world famous Rock Steady Crew CRAZY LEGS will be in attendance to take part in a question and answer session moderated by hip hop journalist CHRIS FARONE of The Boston Phoenix. From founding Rock Steady in 1979 to his current work supporting Breakdance Project Uganda he has embodied hip hop for over 30 years and will be giving his insight on the culture’s past, present and future.

He will be joined by local b-boy legends the FLOORLORDS who will be on hand to show their moves as they warm up for the United Styles 6 International Poppin Battles 1 on 1 Competition later in the night.

Doors are at 5:30 with the film starting promptly at 6 so show up early as space is limited.
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Bouncing Cats Screening

Featuring
Q&A with Crazy Legs Moderated by Hip Hop Journalist Chris Farone
The Floorlords

Friday August 6th
5:30 – 9
Fourth Wall Project
132 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

FREE

More Info and Links:

THE MOVIE:

Bouncing Cat is the inspiring story of one man’s attempt to create a better life for the children of Uganda using the unlikely tool of hip-hop with a focus on b-boy culture and breakdance. The film follows Abramz, Crazy Legs, and Breakdance Project Uganda on a journey to use hip-hop culture for positive social change.

www.bouncingcats.com

http://www.facebook.com/bouncingcats

http://allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2010/07/23/22308987.aspx

CRAZY LEGS:

As a founder NYC’s legendary Rock Steady Crew, Crazy Legs is one of most influential b-boys of all time. You may recognize him from the cult classics Wild Style and Style Wars. He also gave Europe one of it’s first tastes of Hip Hop culture performing along side Africa Bambaataa and Fab 5 Freddie on 1983′s New York City Rap Tour.
For over 30 years his commitment to the culture has never wavered and he continues to bring the positive message of hip hop to the next generation of b-boys and b-girls to this day.

http://www.rocksteadycrew.com/

THE FLOORLORDS
Boston’s own B-boy legends THE FLOORLORDS have been together since 1982 and have made their own mark on the formation of b-boy culture. They have toured the world competing and doing demonstrations while amassing quite a healthy collection of trophies along the way. In 2008 they were honored by Saucony with own line of custom shoes.

http://www.floorlords.com/

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This Friday : Film Screening: Bouncing Cats Hosted by Crazy Legs(Rocksteady Crew)


BOUNCING CATS film trailer from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.

Bouncing Cats- Directed by Nabil Elderkin

Hip hop has come a long way in 30 years. Today it’s influence can be seen in nearly every aspect of modern pop culture as it has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. But long before it was used to sell fast food and laptops, hip hop was a culture born in reaction to the crime and poverty that terrorized our inner cities. It gave a voice to those who had been marginalized by society and a creative outlet for all who cared to be a part of it. Setting out to challenge inequalities, DJs, MCs, writers and b-boys created a movement that would soon transcend all social and geographical boundaries.
In going mainstream, hip hop and the industry that grew around it began to take on more marketable pop sensibilities. Yet even as social consciousness recedes back into the underground, the culture and it’s four elements continue to resonate with those around the world facing inequality and persecution.
In the upcoming documentary BOUNCING CATS we get a glimpse into modern day Uganda where decades of war, disease and poverty have made it one of the worst places on Earth to be a child. It follows the story of Abraham “Abramz” Tekya, a Ugandan b-boy and A.I.D.S. orphan, who is working to create a better life for the children of his homeland through the transformative power of hip hop culture. As the founder of Breakdance Project Uganda he has created a network of b-boy classes and workshops throughout the country which provide hope and creative outlets for the country’s youth. The film features narration by Common and interviews with Mos Def, Will.I.Am, and K’Naan among many others.
Bouncing Cats was produced by Red Bull Media House and directed by first-time filmmaker Nabil Elderkin. All proceeds from the film will go to Breakdance Project Uganda.

On FRIDAY AUGUST 6TH, REDBULL and the FOUTH WALL PROJECT will host a FREE screening of the film followed by discussion and analysis by some very special guests.

Founder of the world famous Rock Steady Crew CRAZY LEGS will be in attendance to take part in a question and answer session moderated by hip hop journalist CHRIS FARONE of The Boston Phoenix. From founding Rock Steady in 1979 to his current work supporting Breakdance Project Uganda he has embodied hip hop for over 30 years and will be giving his insight on the culture’s past, present and future.

He will be joined by local b-boy legends the FLOORLORDS who will be on hand to show their moves as they warm up for the United Styles 6 International Poppin Battles 1 on 1 Competition later in the night.

Doors are at 5:30 with the film starting promptly at 6 so show up early as space is limited.
******************
Bouncing Cats Screening

Featuring
Q&A with Crazy Legs Moderated by Hip Hop Journalist Chris Farone
The Floorlords

Friday August 6th
5:30 – 9
Fourth Wall Project
132 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

FREE

More Info and Links:

THE MOVIE:

Bouncing Cat is the inspiring story of one man’s attempt to create a better life for the children of Uganda using the unlikely tool of hip-hop with a focus on b-boy culture and breakdance. The film follows Abramz, Crazy Legs, and Breakdance Project Uganda on a journey to use hip-hop culture for positive social change.

www.bouncingcats.com

http://www.facebook.com/bouncingcats

http://allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2010/07/23/22308987.aspx

CRAZY LEGS:

As a founder NYC’s legendary Rock Steady Crew, Crazy Legs is one of most influential b-boys of all time. You may recognize him from the cult classics Wild Style and Style Wars. He also gave Europe one of it’s first tastes of Hip Hop culture performing along side Africa Bambaataa and Fab 5 Freddie on 1983′s New York City Rap Tour.
For over 30 years his commitment to the culture has never wavered and he continues to bring the positive message of hip hop to the next generation of b-boys and b-girls to this day.

http://www.rocksteadycrew.com/

THE FLOORLORDS
Boston’s own B-boy legends THE FLOORLORDS have been together since 1982 and have made their own mark on the formation of b-boy culture. They have toured the world competing and doing demonstrations while amassing quite a healthy collection of trophies along the way. In 2008 they were honored by Saucony with own line of custom shoes.

http://www.floorlords.com/

Mishka : Kill With Video

Amazing video from our friends at Mishka.

Karate Chimps

Kon & Amir Present : 50 Greatest Hip Hop Samples of All Time


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My friend and sometimes DJ companion, Kon just released with this really in depth article featuring samples and some stories behind them. His co-conspirator Amir is also a prolific record collector and is the force behind Wax Poetics. A must read if you enjoy soul, funk, hip hop , production, tomatoes, tubas, churros or ice cream.

Excerpt:

Amir Says: Classic, classic drum break. I’m sure The Honeydrippers didn’t make it to be like that, but it just so happened that some hip-hop cats were like, “This is ill, I need to be able to use it.” In the late ’80s, every song had either James Brown, “Impeach The President”, or Melvin Bliss “Synthetic Substitution,” then after that the Skull Snaps.

Kon Says: Another classic break that has been sampled a million times. I think to this day, the best use of that break has to be “Do the James” by Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud, produced by Paul C who was tragically shot and killed back in the day. He’s the guy who kinda taught Large Professor and a lot of the Queens guys how to get busy in the studio. A crazy break.

All the original samples and corresponding tracks that sampled are embedded in the article, so it’s definitely a good afternoon listen.

Didn’t I Hear This On A DJ Screw Mixtape(vol 52 ??)

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Sanford and Son Theme


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Shabba Ranks – Mr. Loverman

That last one was put in because the Fader’s recent Shabba Ranks layout has been weighing heavily on everyones imagination lately.

Download the issue here

Let’s get Free!

I got this book for my birthday from one of my heroes: Espo aka Stephen -scholar, og graffiti writer and fine artists. Documenting my favorite public art project – the murals recently took over the Philly skyline with 50 walls, 1200 cans of spray paint, 800 gallons of bucket paint, and the skilled hands of 20 of aerosol artists. Espo worked closely with the community and neighborhood history to express something local yet universal. In collaboration with The Mural Arts Program, and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, the project turned Philly into a city of murals.

Follow Icy Espo’s exploits here.

And the highly recommended book is here.

And my homey Rory just moved back from Biz school in Austin TX….he hipped me to this site to keep ahead of getting my money right and sound smart at dinner parties with old folks.

Leeds on Finance.

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