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.
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.
Rock Steady Crew
Beat Street (film)
Wild Style (film)
Style Wars (documentary)
The Freshest Kids (documentary)
Double Dutch (jump rope)
Take Me To Mardi Gras by Bob James
Last Night Changed It All – Max Vangeli
The Source (magazine)
Everybody Dance Now
Give It Up, Turn It Loose
The Get Down (Netflix TV series)
Cornell University Hip Hop Collection
People mentioned in this episode:
Kool Lady Blue (Ruza Blue)
Fab 5 Freddy
Jerry “Fast Feet” Fontanez
AT from Flo Mo Crew