Bboy Crazy Legs – Rock Steady

Richard Colón, better known by his stage name Crazy Legs, is an American b-boy from the Bronx New York City, USA. He featured in the earliest stories on hip hop dancing to appear in mainstream press, and as president of the Rock Steady Crew brought the form to London and Paris in 1983.

00:00 Trailer.
01:55 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
04:23 Brian’s introduction.
05:16 First European Hip hop tour in 1982.
08:26 Youthful misappreciation of the opportunity fame offered.
12:35 An emerging talent from his tough, but fun life, growing up in The Bronx.
16:47 Why he went out bombing and writing.
18:19 How the windmill came about.
24:04 Seeking out more people to battle in early 1980s Upper West Side.
26:36 What led to the explosion of hip hop downtown.
32:07 How did the different backgrounds and cultures intermingle?
35:17 Be yourself and respond to the music soulfully.
38:17 Practising hard to be the best and gaining respect by proving it in a battle.
42:28 Frustration at failing to benefit from their talent which was used by others to benefit themselves.
49:59 That’s not B-boying it’s Break Dancing with no funk to it: we’re going to reclaim it.
56:56 Too many hip hop movies are corny.
58:06 Appraisal of Netflix TV film ‘The Get Down’.
1:01:12 The essence of being a Bboy. Founding Puerto Rock Steady to benefit others.
1:06:20 Lack of UK Government support for a sport now going into Youth Olympics.
1:11:51 Why he battled Bboy Storm and the battle with Ken Swift didn’t take place.
1:20:59 Bboy Crazy Legs views on the Bboys who came out of Germany, France and Japan.
1:22:26 What he looks for when he judges Bboy battles.
1:24:36 A visiting scholar at Cornell University.
1:30:59 His hopes for the benefits to the worldwide community in future development of Bboying.
1:35:39 Success secrets.
1:36:35 What Crazy Legs changed his mind about in the last few months.
1:38:20 What we would be surprised to learn about Crazy Legs.
1:38:41 What keeps Crazy Legs awake at night.
1:40:23 What will Crazy Legs’ obituary say?
1:41:02 Phone call to the 20 year old Crazy Legs.
1:42:25 Best advice ever received.
1:43:50 Advice to the young person listening who wants to succeed in hip hop.
1:45:28 Brian’s summing up.

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Garrick Marchena

To have what seems like the whole worlds eyes on you day in day out. Watching your every moves, all you wins all your mistakes, it takes special kind of human being to endure such life and still be as true as possible to your culture and your soul. I am grateful to Crazy Legs, Ken Swift and all the rest of the RSC for inspiring me and many others from my generation. At 17years old that first time I saw RSC get down in Flash Dance is one of my best moments ever! Respect!!

Dominic Jones

How can you quit culture. Interesting video. Thank you 🙂

Dion Pittman

Phenomenal video! So many jewels it’s ridiculous! In all aspects of life business music sports you name it! High-performance