Hey what’s going on?
There’s been a lot of talk before, during and after Freestyle Session on the topic of crews and crew battles. Freestyle Session (FSS) last weekend brought back the 10 on 10 crew battles to their competition. There really aren’t too many crew competitions in today’s scene left. That’s why the scene welcomed FSS crew battles with warm hearts but at the same time the discussion started bubbling…
Will it be real crews only? All star teams allowed?
The talk kind of escalated after Monster team won the battles on Sunday. A lot of people had high expectations and strong nostalgia on their favorite crews returning. Me too. That made an energy drink endorsed all star team winning the event, a sensitive issue.
The scene is changing as we know it. Bigger prize money, bigger stages, bigger audiences, sponsorship involved. With that, new opportunities come and people start approaching breaking in different ways.
I won’t talk about REAL crews because what’s real is different to every one. Traditional crew nevertheless is something we can discuss easier. Are the traditional crews disappearing from today’s competitive scene?
What is a traditional hip hop crew then? I see a traditional crew as a family, people who got other members’ back on and off the floor. A bunch of people who face the ups and downs of life together, make noise and express their joy and struggles through the expressive elements of hip hop. Make something out of nothing by representing their creation, the crew, and eventually build a history and legacy under the name. With older crews the different generations add on to the foundation set by the originators which is a beautiful thing.
The crew is one of the leading components of hip hop. It’s what took kids out the ghetto and made dreams come through. That’s why it’s often something sacred for a lot of people. With new aspects on the topic I think it’s a good thing that there is discussion around it.
I’m all for new opportunities for people making a living and a career with what they love. Yet the aspect of traditional crews is very close to my heart. I have a lot of respect for crews who take the traditional route. It’s never the easiest way, it takes a lot effort and struggle to make it the traditional way. Most of the times the traditional way won’t bring the first titles either. But what it does bring is respect.
My respect goes out to the traditionalist taking that extra step. The Massive Monkees, the Momentums, the Skill Methods’, TOP9s etc etc… I have pride in the fact we made to the top16 at FSS with Flow Mo and I’m very proud of every single person in my crew and their growth throughout the years. Even though we’ve had hard times I’m very proud to rep one crew only. On and off the floor.
And I have high hopes on new and traditional crews growing in the future as well. The competition is not everything. It’s a game and part of the culture but only a part of it.
I encourage everyone in the scene to have faith it your own. Give time, respect and effort to support the people close to you and you will get it back.
-Focus / Flow Mo Crew
What’s your favorite crew? Would be dope to hear your picks. Let me know by commenting below.
Reppin’ at Freestyle Session, photo by The Bboy Spot