NEW YORK CITY BREAKERS VOLUME I.
1. N.Y.C.B.s perform at “Club New York” (1982) - Chino “Action” Lopez, Tony “Powerful Pexster” Lopez, Matthew “Glide Master” Caban, Noel “Kid Nice” Mangual and Ray “Lil Lep” Ramos give an amazing performance in this NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE, non-stop break dance video. They’re dancing to the B-beats of Grand Master Flash on the turntables! As usual, their moves and combinations are fierce! There’s no crew better!
2. Syndicated Magazine TV Show featuring the N.Y.C.B.s(1983) - Bobby “Flip Rock” Potts joins the crew with a dramatic, 5 man, 6 foot high air-real flip! There’s lots of breaking mixed with interviews with the guys that will satisfy all B-boy fans. The crew reveals how they got into breaking, their warm up techniques, etc. We see them perform at Old School Hip Hop clubs in the Bronx ! This is a well produced piece for tv.
3. N.Y.C.B.s Dancing Outside of Central Park in Manhattan, NY(1982) - This is NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE footage of the crew includes the infamous electric boogie dancer, “Normski”, of “Flashdance” fame! The guys are performing for a crowd just across from the Plaza Hotel and they’re loving it! All the breakers are trying to out do each other with moves, foot work and routines! This piece goes on for a good 15 minutes! Break dance connoisseurs will go nuts!
4. Kennedy Center Honors(1982) - This is an historic piece. The N.Y.C.B.s perform, with 10 other Breakers Lockers & Poppers, both guys and gals, in a huge, awesome routine for the President of the United States! Some of the other dancers have captured fame for themselves. Mr. Wiggles and Fable were part of this performance as was Mr. Wave, who was so impressive, we invited him to be down with N.Y.C.B. ! The routine is as complex as it is spectacular, danced to that B-boy classic “Just Begun.”
5. N.Y.C.B.s Beat Street Promo Tour(1984) - This piece is a compilation of news and talk show performances by the N.Y.C.B.s as they toured the East Coast promoting the film “Beat Street”, in which they starred. Mr. Wave, Tony Draughon, had just become an official member of the crew and they had just designed and are wearing their new uniforms! There’s one part where some local Breakers try to battle the N.Y.C.B.s and get served!
6. N.Y.C.B.s Rehearsal Footage(1982) - N.Y.C.B.s Vol. I. ends with another NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE piece of Breaking History where we see the guys working out routines and getting loose and coming up with brand new moves! It’s like “back stage” action where you can see the guys being themselves, having fun, but the piece has been edited so it’s non-stop action! And when I say NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE, I’m not joking. This is a private rehearsal tape that no one, except me, has ever seen! This piece and the rest of this Volume I.(& II.) tape can’t help but bring mad flavor/props to any serious collector of Hip Hop/Breaker videos.
NEW YORK CITY BREAKERS VOLUME II.
1. N.Y.C.B.s on Syndicated Network Special “Graffiti Rock”(1984) - N.Y.C.B.s Vol. II. jumps off with one of their most hyped performances on TV(Graffiti Rock). This is a memorable performance partly because Corey “Icey Ice” Montalvo, master of air moves, and one of the best Breakers in history, has joined the N.Y.C.B.s and performs in this piece; also because this is a show that I produced, and the production values and the dancing by the crew is no less than genius. And with Icey Ice down, that makes 8, the final number of the N.Y.C.B.s, now the crew is complete.
2. N.Y.C.B.s/Gladys Knight Music Video Performance(1982) - This video was made just as Breaking was becoming popular, so the director built the action and story completely around the N.Y.C.B.s! The Breakers show not only their dancing abilities, but their acting talents as well. The guys are filmed with really wild camera angles and the editor only used the best shots!
3. N.Y.C.B.s At The 50th Presidential Inaugural Ball(1984) - This could be the most amazing performance by the N.Y.C.B.s! Once again we’re performing for the President, and topping this performance and routine might be impossible by any crew ever, even ourselves! The routine is complex with lots of featured Breaking and ariel gymnastics. Also, this is the first appearance in our new, skin tight, silver Hind suits with the circular N.Y.C.B.s logo on the chest. They look like supermen! I believe our black and silver Hind suits were the hippest uniforms for Breakers ever! And President Ronald Reagan couldn’t get enough of the N.Y.C.B.s. It’s true, he told us so at the White House, the day after this performance!
4. Vote Public Address Advertisement(1984) - This is a 15 second community service ad where the N.Y.C.B.s urge you to get out and vote, complete with a windmill by Powerful Pexter(many call THE greatest Breaker in history) and a pop/lock/wave by Mr. Wave. They’re wearing black, skin tight suits and look crazy fresh!
5. N.Y.C.B.s on Soul Train(1984) - This a classic and much requested piece of N.Y.C.B. History. All eight members of the crew are in it; they tear up the floor as the Soul Train Crowd begs for more! While we were in L.A. doing this gig, we discovered the skin tight Lycra Hind suits in an athletic store in West L.A.. We knew they would be dope uniforms, but could the guys do back spins in them? We bought a Hind top, had Powerful Pexster break dance right there in the store to check it out, and the rest is history.
6. N.Y.C.B.s in Venezuela(1984) - This is a rare performance NEVER SEEN IN THE U.S. This piece starts off the International section of N.Y.C.B.s Vol. II. The guys show Venezuela, and the world why they’re considered the world’s greatest. You can really see their pride as they represent Break dancing at it’s best. You can see the pride in Matthew “Glide Master” Caban as he doe his thing for the cameras and the crowd.
7. N.Y.C.B.s at Amnesty International Benefit, Oslo, Norway(1985) - This is another super rare foreign television performance by the N.Y.C.B.s, featuring Lil Lep, Flip Rock and Mr. Wave, shot in Oslo Norway, and NEVER SEEN IN THE U.S.! Now I’ve seen a lot of Break dancing in my time, and I must say, with all honesty, this is my favorite Break dancing performance, the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. The guys are in their silver Hind suits, the stage design and lighting is magical and the dancing is Breaking at it’s best. Imagine how I felt when I discovered this tape, years later, and I realized I was looking at the best of the best. Goose bumps...
8. N.Y.C.B.s Chillin’ in Paris, France(1983) - Here’s a guaranteed, NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE BY, collection of home movies of the N.Y.C.B.s in Paris, France. They’re chillin’, Popping, Locking and Breaking on the Champs-Elysees and Breaking at the foot of the Eiffel Tower!
9. N.Y.C.B.s On Streets of N.Y.C. - Squat Theatre - School of Visual Arts(1982-83) - This is a NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE collection of different footage from around New York City of the N.Y.C.B.s Breaking. Rare footage of historic rehearsals and street performances where the guys work on routines, moves and even some Up Rocking!
HIP HOP OLD SCHOOL VOLUME I.
1. Hip Hop/Rapping & DJing At Club A7 On The Lower East Side of N.Y.C.(1981) - Vol. I. of Hip Hop Old School kicks off with a NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE video taped performance by Old School MC Easy Gee on the mic and DJ High Priest at the Club A7 on the L.E.S. This video features East Coast styled Old School rapping and DJ mixing that started the whole worldwide Hip Hop explosion. The footage is mad real, and to see it will hip you to what it was like hanging out in the days. Funky dope fresh!
2. TV MAGAZINE SHOW On Hip Hop Culture(1983) - This is a very well produced TV Magazine Show that explains the meaning and the purpose of Hip Hop culture through interviews by Hip Hop luminaries like Phase II., myself, the NY.C.B.s and Aresol Artist Brim. Everything about Hip Hop is explored including; Hip Hop fashion, the Breaking (provided by N.Y.C.B.s!), Graffiti Art, the language, etc. Very well done piece.
3. On Beat TV - Excerpt From Hip Hop TV Show Featuring DJ Jazzy Jay(1982) - This is an excerpt from a New York cable show I produced called “On Beat” that features DJ Jazzy Jay of the Zulu Nation. We see him at the Underground, one of NYC’s hottest Hip Hop clubs at the time, exhibiting his talents as a special mix DJ. This piece also features Hip Hop dancing and Graf Artists tagging up on the walls of the club!
4. K-ROB & DJ HIGH PRIEST Throw-Down(1982) - Two well known Hip Hop Artists of the Old School crew rock a B-beat Mix; K-Rob on the microphone, High Priest on the wheels of steel y’all!
5. TV NEW YORK!(Hip Hop TV Show)(1982) - A NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE Hip Hop TV Show I aired on NY cable TV, long before anyone was even video taping, or filming Hip Hop events. I like to describe it as the Hip Hop version of Soul Train but hipper, with real kids from the streets doing the funkest Hip Hop dances, real graffiti being made on the spot by Aerosol Artists like Futura, A1 and more with appearances by Old School DJs like Grand Mixer D.S.T.! I think it’s BETTER than anything you’d see on regular TV!
6. Bronx River Hip Hop Throw-Down(1983) - Awesome, historical piece with glimpses of DJ Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Jazzy Jay, DJ Red Alert, The Cold Crush Brothers, Bronx Breakers, Major Graffiti Burners and Hip Hop Kids from the neighborhood doing funky fresh Old School Hip Hop dances and wearing the funky fresh Old School Hip Hop fashions. This short has mad flavor!
7. Fab 5 Freddy On The Mic, With Electric Boogie Dancers(1982) - This is THE Fab 5 Freddy years before he became famous and began hosting “Yo! MTV Raps!”. He is smooth and funky, no wonder he blew up!
8. FUTURA DELUXE Meets The N.Y.C.B.s(1982) - This is a NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE special documentary on the infamous Graf/Aresol Artist Futura as he busts out a whole wall piece for one of my TV NEW YORK Shows, with great shots/footage of the N.Y.C.B.s mixed in. A double-trouble treat!
8. SQUAT THEATHER Throw-Down(1983) - This is NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE footage of a Hip Hop event in downtown Manhattan featuring Easy Gee and a whole host of DJs, Poppers, Lockers and Aerosol Artists.
9. Hip Hop Old School Vol. I. ends with a 1 minute long interview from my syndicated show “Graffiti Rock”, where I ask a B-Boy and B-Girl to explain their Hip hop fashion. It ends with the B-Boy saying, “I sport it fresh Holmes!” and I say,”Worrrrd!”
HIP HOP OLD SCHOOL VOLUME II.
1. At The UNDERGROUND NEW YORK CITY’S PERMIERE HIP HOP CLUB(1984) - This is another guaranteed NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE video of Hip Hop history from The Underground. This piece features Phase II doing his hit song “The Roxy”, French Female Rapper B-Side on the microphone, as-well-as DJ Grand Mixer D.S.T and the Infinity Rappers. Check the cool New York City crowd in the house too!
2. RUN DMC PERFORM “SUCKER MCs”(1984) - Run DMC perform their first hit “Sucker MCs” on my syndicated Hip Hop TV Show “Graffiti Rock.” No curls, no braids, no glasses in their shades, no gold chains either; at this time in Run DMC’s career they looked real street, hard, black leather and that’s it. Real cool and a brilliant performance of “Sucker MCs”!
3. MC BATTLE: THE TREACHEROUS 3 V.S. RUN DMC!(1984) - The only televised rapper/M.C. battle ever taped, EVER! And look who it’s between!? The Treacherous 3, of serious Old School fame, featuring none other than Kool Moe Dee, and Run DMC, whom at the time were considered New Jacks!
4. ON BEAT TV(1982) - This is another cable TV show I produced in the Old School Daze featuring the music of DJ High Priest. This piece is an exerpt in which I take the viewer on a tour of the Scribble-Scrabble(Graffiti) covered the trains of New York City.
5. DOUG E. FRESH - THE HUMAN BEAT BOX(1982) - Clock this NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE performance featuring Doug E. Fresh, years before he ever became famous, and he’s doing his Human Beat Box for Ya! By the way, Doug E. is backed up by his long time DJ, Chill Will! Historic!!!
6. MONEY DOG - FEATURE FILM TRAILER(1987) - This is a feature film trailer cut to Public Enemy for a film I made called “Money Dog” about two young friends growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx and their pit bull dog. “One boy wants a killer, the other boy wants a pet, they steal a puppy from Paco, the Psycho, an action they’ll always regret!”
7. GRAND MIXER D.S.T. And The INFINITY RAPPERS(1982) - Hip Hop Old School Vol. II. ends with a rare, NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE performance by Grand Mixer D.S.T. and the Infinity Rappers doing their hit song “Grand Mixer D.S.T.”