Proud to announce that I will be heading to Europe again from July 23rd – September 16th! This summer is going to be crazyyyyyyyyyyyyy! For info on bookings contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Proud to announce that I will be heading to Europe again from July 23rd – September 16th! This summer is going to be crazyyyyyyyyyyyyy! For info on bookings contact: email@example.com
This year I will have the pleasure of spinning at the biggest 1 on 1 bboy competition in the planet… The Red Bull Bc One World Finals! What makes this year more special than most years is that it’s the 10 year edition… so expect more big news! Korea is known for it’s extravagant ass bboy events… so expect it to be real crazy! Can’t wait!
My first Euro tour of 2013 was offfffffff the f*ckin hook! First stop on the tour, I had the pleasure of rocking in front of about 4,000 – 5,000 peeps in Chelles, France for an event called Chelles Battle Pro 2013. The event featured many of the top bboys, bgirls, and crews from all around the globe. Overall it’s a quality staged bboy/bgirl battle and one of the more known bboy events from around the world. The highlight of the event for most was Bgirl Terra, an 6 year old bgirl prodigy from the UK whom definitely made her presence known to the world. Plenty of footage of her has went viral over the internet… (all over youtube and news blogs). My own personal highlight of the event was seeing my crew mate Bounce. I had no idea he would be there. Dude is a ninja.. you just never know when you’ll see him. It was really surprising to see him in France since he’s usually chillen in Asia somewhere. It’s just too bad we never made it to Moulin Rouge that night though LMAO The next day I played in Paris for an event called Just4Rockers, which is more on the party vibe/cypher tip. I’ve always heard a lot of great things about the event. So I definitely had high expectations. The event was smaller then Chelles but packed with French/European legends. It was truly an honor to be around Aktuel Force as I never got the chance to dance in the same circle or even meet them. Karim, Gabin, Karima, Pascal Blaise, and the many others of Aktuel Force have played a huge role in the bboy scene. There were definitely some hot cyphers that went down… especially the cypher towards the end of the event (Storm, Menno, Freeze, and many others took part in it). I tried my best to bring that old Bronx jam vibe since so many peeps consider Paris as the Bronx of Europe. I mean it’s only right…. right!?!? The only bad thing I could say about the event was that it was sweaty as f*ck and smelly (stinky ass bboys)… but that’s expected at every bboy jam and event haha Overall the JAM was super dope… Definitely one of my favorite events in Europe… I highly suggest any true hip hop head to check this one out if you’re ever in the area. Nevermind it was dope to kick it with my peeps from back home.. Joe Conzo, Cros, Paulskee, Candy, Jeskilz, and many other heads from the states. Much love to Suspect and Cleon for rocking the jam with all vinyl… and a big shout out to Skeme for totally rocking the jam!
During each week, I spend my time in Zurich, Switzerland. Zurich has sort of become my home in Europe. It’s easy to get around, I can get a decent haircut, Zurich has some good record stores (Zero Zero & 16 Tons are pretty cool shops… quite expensive though), the practice spot (Dyanmo) isn’t too far from anywhere, there is a lot of good food (home to my favorite Thai spot called Chiang Mai Thai Shop), I get a dose of Olivia’s yoga classes, and well.. some of favorite peeps on earth live there. Overall it’s a great place to just chill… but very expensive. The next weekend I headed back to Paris for the Juste Debout World Finals. I believe there were about 15,000 peeps in attendance, so this event is probably the biggest of all events in the street dance world. This event is also a bit longer than any of other events I have spun at this year because the event featured so many different dance styles. The 2 on 2 bboy battle and toprock qualifier were downstairs in a another room while a bunch of battles and performances were going on upstairs on the big stage. Most of the 2 on 2 was made up of local French crews, so I wasn’t familiar with too many heads. Bailrok was taking out everyone in the toprock qualifier. He won alone with his outfit haha A few hours later we headed to the big stage for the top rock finals. The energy of 15,000 peeps is no joke. I was a lil nervous, but I guess I got the job got done LOL Once again, big ups to Bailrok for taking the W from the get go! Shortly after I went to the afterparty deader than dead… I was up since 5 am earlier that day…. so my pboying level was very low! I spent one night in Paris then headed back to Switzerland. Much love to Lamine, Zoubir, Bruce, and Hurricane for holding me down both weekends in France.
Next weekend was personally my favorite event of the trip…. I spun at this event in Prague, Czech Republic called Rockin Champs 2013. The vibe of Prague and just the way Prague looks is just too dope. I don’t know what it is but it’s always the best times in Prague. The energy, the talent, and the vibe of the event was crazy. We partied the whole time in Prague, and I’m sure everyone felt it after leaving Prague hahaha Overall this was my best performance on the tour. Shout out to my Bboyspot EU fam, Miniboj for rocking the Lean Rock routine with me in the prelims, Cosmic, Swiftrock, Flow Mo, Lix and the rest of the Rockin Champs staff! F*ck it…. Shout out to everyone that was there.. you all made it memorable!
Just a day after Rockin Champs, I ended up checking out Marjory’s house dance workshop. I really wish I took it, but I probably would have threw up all over the people in class. Marjory is a awesome person! I totally connected to her philosophy on life and the way she presents dance. Her workshop actually inspired me to take my first house dance workshop. So the next day I took a house dance workshop with my homegirl Branca at Colombo Dance Factory in Zurich. I’m sure it was funny as hell to watch my goofy ass house dance. I’m sure she got some laughs too but I have to say she did a really great job teaching! Her lesson definitely opened up a new dimension in my brain as a dancer. Just a couple of days after I headed to Biel, Switzerland to spin a small party at Provosirum lounge and a small bboy event called Battle @ Nights 2013. Biel actually has a lot of rich European hip hop history. It’s very surprising to see such a small town in Switzerland to have such rich history in hip hop… but it’s home to one of the most legendary European hip hop venues called Coupole. Many acts and legends have passed through this town and venue. Anyways back to the gig… I can’t front but I didn’t spin so well at the party. I was just out of the zone and thinking too much. It just seemed like everything got to me. It was just one of those days I guess. The night got better as it ended though. We ended up partying til like 4 am, but we all definitely felt it the next day. The next day I spun at Battle @ Nights, which was really fun because the people at the event were really fun! Definitely one of my better performances on trip and I felt much better! Much love to the peeps of Biel especially my boy Dj Foxhound. You’re the man! Never met so many humble and cool peeps! Thanks for the good energy! This weekend I will be heading to Eindhoven, Netherlands for Rugged n Beats & Breakjunkiez 2013… I only expect craziness from Holland! Holland is always the shit! A big thank you to Michele aka Paleta (you’re the best), Society SOP, JSLV, Laced Boston, and my Soul Rebel fam Olivia & Rebecca for being there for me during the trip! Thank you Switzerland and the rest of Europe for inspiring me in new ways! Can’t wait to come back during the summer!
This is a controversial topic but I would definitely like to add my 2 dollars to it. I have seen a lot of people complaining about people from different crews teaming up to battle in competitions. I definitely agree that it’s best to enter a competition with your own crew… but I don’t see any problem with the so-called “super crews”. I mean no crew is really that super to where they can’t ever be defeated. I have seen many “super crews” get torched or just plain out lose. I think it’s more of an loyalty issue when some guy/girl enters with another crew against their own crew. Then yeah… that’s definitely wack! If a promoter hits me up to bring out my real crew out then yeah I’m going to definitely go with my real crew over some “super crew”. If there are certain heads in my crew that aren’t ready to battle in a high level competition or if their known for missing flights.. then they need to fix up before they go anywhere. Peeps got to know their position and play their position. We should never let these competitions DEFINE our crew loyalty or our crew integrity though. In my opinion, what matters most is REPPING together with your crew in the CIRCLES.. whether it be vibing out or battling against another crew in a circle. I mean did peeps really forget that’s where it really matters! Are we really valuing these competitions just as much as the circles? Did yall forget that vibing out and kicking it with your crew before and after the jam…. this is where real crew loyalty, value, and integrity really counts! If you’re crew can’t do that… then yeah that’s where the real loyalty problems are.
A competition is a business.. it’s show business. When money gets involved it’s a business. It’s entertainment! It’s not real! You dance for a few rounds and you don’t have that same freedom as you do when you’re just vibing out. You’re not calling out who you want to battle in a competition. For the most part their calling two crews to face off… and picking the crews randomly. You’re not always getting the chance to dance to the song you want to dance to. Competitions are friendly and fun. You obviously want to win but it’s friendly. Stop getting butt hurt…. it’s business and it’s not that serious. You only have one real excuse to get pissed, and that’s if the promoter jerked you on the money after winning the competition LOL This is exactly why my crew has never put so much value into a competition. Never did… and we never will! A competition win is great to put on your resume, but even then it’s only remembered for so long. You’re remembered more for repping everywhere you go. A real crew isn’t strictly about business… A company is. My crew has always understood that.
I really don’t get why people keep comparing the scene of the past to today’s scene.. that was a different time. We aren’t going back to yesterday. People traveled less and there were definitely less events going on back then. There was a lot more preparation time for crews to get together to attend events since there were less events going on. They weren’t every weekend. They would go on every couple of months. These days people are traveling more and there are more events to attend. People are getting offered trips to go to different places around the world to make money more than ever. A whole crew barely gets flown out overseas because it’s too damn expensive. That’s the reality of it. There paying for people to fly out to put on a show. It’s a business. It’s a different ball game. To be quite honest some of the best crews out on the east coast didn’t really enter competitions when I was coming up… a lot of them would just go to the event just to rep in the circles. What happened to supporting an event with your crew just to rep? Put more value into having a family vibe with your crew, and don’t let these competitions define what your crew is really about!
If you have any questions about my loyalty… I have been part of the same crew for 17 years straight and I never quit on any of my crews PEACE!
Most people don’t acknowledge it but the youth are some of the most powerful forces in our culture. It is the youth that carries the torch and determines whether our culture stays alive or not. There are so many kids in our culture that possess what most feel like is “adult-like skill”…. but when it comes to the battling/competitive aspect of this culture, any child has the ability to be just as good or even better than some adults. It’s really just the knowledge that most adults will have an upper hand on. It’s all about the child’s surroundings and natural abilities whether or not the child can possess a high level of skill. If the child is taught not to fear in battle, a child can be the most difficult to defeat in battle. Jalen and many other kids have proven this the past couple of years. Now that there are so many kids that are fearless, we are seeing a surge in the development of youth. A lot of kids are getting better faster than ever. The drive of a child and the child’s competitive spirit can be just as strong as any other human being. We can’t ever downplay a child’s ability and think they are just cute. Experience plays a big factor in having skills overall, but the hunger of a child can be unmatched at times. A child doesn’t have many priorities at an early age, so there is no stress about paying bills or stress about making a living. A child pretty much has all the time in the world to focus on their craft.
When El Nino, Ryno, and myself were kids.. we were always on the forefront of a circle battle or competition. El Nino was probably the most talented out of the bunch, but we ALL had no fear when it came to battling. We all had the confidence and we all knew that anyone could get it in a battle. Did that make us better than the person we battled, not necessarily… but at the end of the day we knew it was a mental game. We held our own more than some of the older guys in the crew, just because we showed no fear when it came to touching the floor. We actually made a lot of adults fear us because at this time it was really rare to see kids like us. We were raised and surrounded by people that didn’t really fear much. Our main influence was most certainly my dad. My dad came up during a time when the scene was very hostile and the environment he lived in made him tough. My dad wasn’t afraid to battle anyone… and if he wasn’t… we weren’t going to be afraid either. My dad told us plenty of stories of how easily battles would turn into brawls. He knew times had changed though. At this point of time many of the people that kept breaking around were older and didn’t have the time for that. He would always tell us no one is going physically hurt you in a battle, so why be afraid. Just go out there and have fun. After a little speech from time to time, he would punch us in the chest to hype us up right after LOL He would do it just to get rid of any little nervous feelings we had. It really did give us the adrenaline rush that we needed. Anytime anyone from out of town came to stay with us… whether it was Kmel, Abstrak, Teknyc, Incredible Josh, etc. we would most likely end up battling them. It wasn’t out of animosity or anything. It was just something we had fun doing. Most people tie battling into drama/beef, but for us it was all about gaining the respect. It was never about fighting. It was just an outlet to have fun. Fear is something that we can all overcome whether it’s a child or an adult. If you notice any talent out of your child, and you see that they love whatever there into… support them 100%! Don’t ever underestimate a child’s abilities just because they’re an child!
Justen (Hustle Kidz) vs Lil Demon (Skill Methodz) – 2 kids that show no fear!
Floor Brats (El Nino & Kmel) vs Havikoro (Lil John & Moy)
Just confirmed for the Euro Tour… the Juste Debout World Finals in Paris going down March 10th! I will be spinning the top rock and 2 on 2 battles alongside my brotha Cleon. See yall in Paris!
We should preserve some things in our culture and we should keep spreading our knowledge on culture… but just remember this culture will never be what it once was… as it shouldn’t. Let’s continue to learn but let’s keep growing from what we’ve learned. Let’s soak in the history but at the same time let’s make our own history. In all seriousness, there is nothing more important than having FUN in this culture.
Back on another Euro tour! Gotta get work done!
Check me out at these events…
March 2nd – Chelles Battle Pro 2013 – Chelles, France
March 3rd – Just4Rockers – Paris, France
March 9th – (Open)
March 16th – March 17th – Rockin Champ 2013 – Prague, Czech Republic
March 23rd – (Open)
March 30th – 31st – Breakjunkiez 2013 – Eindhoven, Holland
It’s been over 2 weeks since the release of Ingredientz of Flava Vol. 2! The community has been very supportive of this project. This mix definitely surpassed my expectations as far as support. Thanks to my bro B Ryan for collaborating with me again! Feel free to listen and support if you haven’t already!
Now my next interview features one of the illest writers I know! East 3! East 3 resides on the beautiful island of Hawaii, and has definitely left his mark in hip hop culture globally. Not only is he a true inspiration to me as a hip hop head, but also as a person. East has been passionate about hip hop culture for nearly 30 years. You might be familiar with his work with Thud Rumble or even his legendary flyer designs for the Rock Steady anniversaries… (just to name a few). In this interview, East breaks down why you shouldn’t use the word “graffiti”, the importance of being a culturalist, the importance of being a student, honoring your ancestors, etc. East is simply a man that stays true to carrying on tradition…
Lean Rock: You mentioned to me before that the first time you got the chance to visit the mecca of hip hop (NYC) was in 1994… How important was this trip to your life and career?
East: My trip to NYC in 1994 was a pivotal point in my life and career. That trip was the precise moment I began to feel the emotional attachment to the culture and started to live Hip Hop verses just doing Hip Hop. Being raised on Oahu, Hawaii (in the early 80’s) gave us very little exposure to the culture and we as a scene had to improvise and fill in the blanks. In NYC I had the privilege of being exposed to many ideals, historical viewpoints (from Bronx River Projects to Delancy ST) and experienced what I would consider the last years of the way Hip Hop once was. The Rock Steady Crew Anniversary (held at 98th & Amsterdam) was my primary reason for going to NYC and I helped celebrate their 17th Anniversary by creating the artwork for the anniversary which was used for the collectable t-shirts design and flyer ads. After the 1994 trip I went to NYC frequently and continued to build my knowledge and contribute to RSC Anniversaries. It was an honor because I got my blessings from Doze Green to be his successor at Rock Steady Park to carry on tradition. I could go on and on, lets just say I learned a lot and experienced so much! Learning is a constant and free flowing experience! Always a Student – Master Culture.
Lean Rock: You state that the legendary Phase2 (P2) is your mentor. It must be an honor for you to have someone like that mentoring you. Could you give us a little history behind your relationship with him?
East: Yes, Phase2 is a Big Brother to me. He has been my mentor since 88’ as well as one of my family. I consider him much more than my Art/Writing mentor, more like a life coach that has guided me through good times and adversity. He is the most humble & private person I know. P2 does not seek fame and his creativity and love for the arts comes from passion and desire & never driven by his ego (a rare breed). P2 has shared so many perspectives about the Writing Culture and Hip Hop and I am grateful and honored to know I am going to be able to contribute to his ‘Living Legacy’ thru his teachings.
Lean Rock: Can you breakdown why we shouldn’t call writing or aerosol art “graffiti” aka the ‘g’ word?
East: It’s a simple answer, its fact. If you ask any pioneer from the early 70’s like Coco 144, Riff 170 or Phase2 (to name a few) they will all tell you that the origin term for the art form is Writing and not ‘g’. It also make perfect sense because when you are painting letters you are literally ‘writing’ your name not ‘Gr@ff!t!’ your name. The ‘g’ word was labeled by the authorities in the late 70’s to give the art form a name that had best described a criminal act. Soon to follow the ‘g’ movement was the media, (wack) promoters and art galleries who adopted the language and heavily influenced the active Writing scene through publicity and opportunities such as art gallery shows, tours & movies/documentaries. In the documentary “Style Wars”, you will see the transitional & pivotal point of the younger generation of Writers (of the late 70’s early 80’s) labeling themselves as ‘G’ Writers and combining the 2 words together. Within the documentary, pay attention to how the galleries had influenced the artist’s perception and ideals towards the art form.
“We didn’t call ourselves Gr@ff!tt! Artists, society called us that” _Rammellzee.
Since the 80’s the internet, hash tags, key words for search engines and meta-tags has made the ‘g’ word the standard online for searching the art form and has continued the mislabeling of the arts. There is hope, people like Paulskeee (Mighty4) & Lean Rock who are campaigning to restore the true language of the art form within this era.
It boggles my mind when I think of how other Hip Hop cultural words such as Bboy & Emcee were so quickly corrected (without question) as the true cultural name verse the media influenced versions break dancers and Rappers. My question to the reader, who does this culture belong to? The media, opportunists and capitalist or the people who belong to it and love it?
Lean Rock: When did you know you wanted to be in this culture for the rest of your life?
East: I would have to say my biggest influence was picking up the book ‘HIP HOP’ by Steve Hagar in 1984 and seeing the culture as a whole. Especially 2 pages within that book where I first seen Phase2’s “Evolution of Style” where he show cased the numerous styles of progression and innovation that he contributed to Writing. That set it off for me. However, in reflection, Steve Hagar’s book does mislabel the arts within the culture but as stated earlier, living in Hawaii (in the 80’s) gave us very little options. I’m glad I made numerous journeys’ to the Hip Hop Mecca (NYC) and learned thru my fam Phase2.
Lean Rock: I don’t really know much about Hawaii’s hip hop history, but it would be nice to know more. Could you give us some insight on who were some of the pinnacle figures to lay things out over there?
East: Man, that’s gunna require a book not paragraphs lol, I’ll share a general timeline and save the specifics for a video interview some day. Hawaii Hip Hop started with Locking and Poppin in the late 70’s. In 1983 I started to see Writers throwing up tags and in early 1984 the Bboy scene started to emerge. In 86’ was when most of the scene started to die out and freestyle dancing was popular. There was a resurgence of dancing came back in 88 when the culture created music and dance moves that were considered social and everyone could participate in. Writing came back heavy in 90’ and the bboy scene resurfaced around 92’. Since then our scene has sustained its self and carries on from generation to generation. I do encourage the scene to go to NYC to learn, observe and witness the pioneers and the energy of the South Bronx before its too late so they can pass down the same knowledge I have acquired for future Hawaii generations. Every year that goes by more and more pioneers become our Ancestors (Rest in Peace).
Lean Rock: It seems as though writing has kind of died down in my city over the past 10 years. Have you seen any growth or decline in the Hawaiian writing scene over the past 10 years?
East: I think it safe to say that the Writing scene everywhere comes and goes in waves. I think this happens because every scene at some point of its peak is hit hard with a crackdown and task forces that divide and conquer the scene. In Hawaii the scene has slowed to almost a halt approximately every 5-7yrs. Here’s the break down, there are 2 kinds of goals/purposes in Writing, cats who want to get up and go all city (rocking tags, bubbles and quick pieces) and on the other side of the coin cats who want to put up quality work and elevate the art form. I believe ‘why’ we do what we do has changed from the original reason that cats started this movement, if Writing has been adopted into Hip Hop culture then it’s ideal to focus on the elevation of the art verses the replication should be considered by the artist and the Hip Hop scene as a whole. Phase2 always tells me “getting up, we been there done that…whats next, how far can you take rocking a fly piece”. Imagine this, Bboys (of today) with no development and refinement of style & dancing to the beat or only rocking back spins to shoulder rolls and no air flairs and one move power combos, Emcees still rocking cadences and rhyme patterns of the 80’s and Djs who only play the same songs from back in the day and do simple stabs and Herbie Hancock scratches….Every other part of culture has changed….something to think about.
Lean Rock: Could you give us some insight about the Polynesian and Eastern influences on your writing?
East: I believe if the art is to grow it has to retain some of its foundational elements and combine it with different perspectives and cultural approaches. My name ‘East3’ is all about that progression. I made the name to represent The Eastern (Asian) Hemisphere as a whole. I also have a branding in which use and Japanese/Chinese character and fuse it with a 3 as my logo. I do not just focus on my heritage, I love culture and I am a ‘Culturalist’. I have an interest in every culture around the globe and beyond. Currently I’m developing styles that go beyond the English 26 letter structure and using different languages, numerology and symbolism to create the new ish. For example, if you check out Arabic calligraphy (and how they fuse words into animals, characters and different shapes) you don’t have to understand it for you to instantaneously know it took skill and it’s amazing! Doap is doap…think outside the box and elevate the mind. So the next time you see a complex piece/burner admire it as a whole and don’t discredit it cause you cant read it. That’s how Hip Hop started and that’s how it will progress and evolve.
Lean Rock: If you weren’t into writing as much as you were, what other element would have you been a serious practitioner of? But if you were a bboy, mc, or dj at one time… could you give us some history?
East: Im glad you asked this question! I once was a Bboy & DJ as well as a writer. I was dancing back in the 80’s and practiced heavily with the RSC Hawaii chapter in the 90’s. In fact, I learned how to ‘Rock’ and I taught the steps and count to Hawaii RSC in 96’. Through the years of dancing and playing basketball I torn both meniscus in my knees and had to retire. My Dj career was short lived but during the years of 96-02 I had collected over 1000 records and spun at several clubs around the island chain as well as trained under Dj Qbert while he resided in Hawaii. I did this because I loved the culture as a whole. My Dj ambitions slowed down when I realized that my hours of dedication towards my art was being split by my passion to mix, scratch and juggle beats so I went back to concentrating on what I loved the most. Venturing so deeply into Dancing and Dj’n allowed me to feel the soul of the elements which now transfers through my artwork. Not many Writers walk that path.
Lean Rock: You have recently got involved with the Mighty 4 Arts Foundation. How important are programs like these for the future of hip-hop and why?
East: Hip Hop has to be sustainable in order for it to be in a non-compromising
position. Mighty4 is a great vehicle to carry on the spirit and legacy of the
culture by becoming a self sustaining entity and not relying on corporate influences/direction or concerned with profit margins and especially commercializing the event to relate to the masses. Mighty 4 will keep the integrity of the culture and pass it down to the next generation to replicate and sustain themselves doing what the love verse what they have to do to earn a living. Its all about the youth.
Lean Rock: It seems like Thud Rumble keeps you busy with work. How is it working with them?
East: I been designing for Qbert and Thud Rumble since the early 2000’s and every Project presents a new challenge in which I embrace. No project is ever the same and the team at Thud Rumble and Qbert give me total creative control which allows me to create some of my best work. I like working with Qbert on project because he is my mentor as well and we are both taking a spiritual journey that translates in the records, music and art. Peep the Super Seal 4D art in the gallery of this interview.
Lean Rock: Evolve in style, but honor your ancestors. How important do you think this statement is?
East: Evolving is a state of mind. Its usually coincides with all parts of your life because it’s a process and a journey that never ends. As Bruce Lee would say “its formless like water”, evolving is constant and fluid. You gotta have an open mind to expand it. For most, ones Hip Hop career will first be inspired by striving to be the best and your motivation drives from ones ego. After 2-3 decades you start to realize that your reason for continuing becomes passion based for your artistry & opens up more avenues for evolvement. I am at a place now where I am no longer the creator of my art work and I give all praise and appreciation to my Ancestors for allowing me to channel this gift through me verses taking credit for the art on a physical or mental level. I was enlightened and humbled by a special friend and Shaman Liv Wheeler(www.ancestorbridge.com) about connecting to my Ancestors and how the art that channels through me can heal and bring light. Liv is very special and unlike any Shaman I have encountered. As I have been blessed to be guided by Phase2, Liv is also blessed being guided by an extremely special West African Shaman named Malidoma Some. Our storys have similarities because Liv has also visited her mentor in West Africa and paid her homage to her spirit guide in Africa numerous times.
Lean Rock: It seems as though many of the younger heads including myself need to work on getting a nice handstyle. How do you feel about the lost art of “handstyle” in hip hop?
East: This is the short version of the history (as told to me) of the Handstyle and how it extends to other element/practitioners within Hip Hop outside of the Writers. Writing was the first element that surfaced within the culture. Many Bboys/Bgirls, Dj’s, Emcee’s were Writers first before they got into the other elements that surfaced after Writing. That’s why many of the pioneers emphasize having a nice handstyle. It makes perfect sense to develop a nice handstyle because it’s the visual identity of your character. I believe it authenticates the passion one has for the culture 360 degrees.
Lean Rock: Could you talk about some of your up & coming projects?
East: I am currently working on a limited special release from Qbert and Thud Rumble. This album is called Super Seal 5 and will be ground breaking for all Dj and collectors. I am also getting ready to do some traveling projects with Mighty4 In 2013. I have several West coast fashion brands I will be collaborating with as well as launching 2 clothing brands. There’s a lot more so check me out on www.east-3.com for updates.
Lean Rock: Any last shout outs or any last words you want to say to the people?
East: Stay positive and humble. Always a Student and never a master….
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