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!