We are all excited with just ten days left until Red Bull BC One hits the capital city for three intense days of Hip Hop celebration. After months of preparation and a long journey of local Cypher events in over 30 countries, all eyes are on the best dancers in the world who will showcase their mastery of breaking in what promises to be an epic world final – the dancers, representing 9 different countries, are about to give it all to claim the 2017 Red Bull BC One belt.
The true essence of the Hip Hop culture is found in its unique collective consciousness: the creative, causative force behind Hip Hop's elements, prompting many dancers to stress that Hip Hop is not something one does, but rather something one lives. Some dancers emphasize on style and power moves, some put their emphasis on power moves and their combination, and others show their style and individuality by footwork and freeze. The one-on-one battle format will let the dancers show not only their mastery of the breaking essentials but also their overall style and individual expression. With the level of competition and the talent rising every year, Crazy Legs (USA), Hong 10 (KOR), Niek (NED), Intact (UKR), and AT (FIN), who are sitting in the judging panel – will have a hard time to identify THE breaker who can claim the title.
Going into his 4th world final, defending champion Issei Hori from Tokyo, Japan, is building on his triumph in Nagoya (2016) to prepare for this year's showdown. Consistently advancing to the final of almost every battle he enters, Issei's musicality and dynamic use of power moves make him one of the best among the young guns. In hopes of becoming the very first dancer to win back-to-back world champion titles, the Japanese B-Boy will have to handle the pressure that comes with the high level of competition and the intense confrontation in the world final.
THREE DAYS OF HIP HOP CELEBRATION
The three days of celebration will kick off on November 2 with dance workshops, battles, a jam session, and the Last Chance Cypher. Red Bull BC One is an invitation-only format where 15 breakers earned the right to enter into the all-out battle based on past performances. Throughout the year, Cyphers (qualifying battles) took place in every corner of the globe and only two days before the World Final, all Cypher winners who qualified will meet up in Amsterdam to take part in a global exchange that is the Last Chance Cypher. In total, 33 dancers from 30 countries will battle for the last open spot on the Red Bull BC One World Final lineup.
Grammy Award-winning, Platinum-album selling trio Naughty by Nature will not only perform in Saturday's World Final, but they will also give a lecture on November 3. Hosted by Sway Calloway, American rapper and Red Bull BC One World Final live broadcast host, the lecture will address Naughty by Nature's role in the progression of hip hop and their success of Hip Hop Hooray. The Illtown triple threat made up of Vin Rock, DJ Kay Gee and Treach have carved out an impressive legacy to say the least. Spotted back in '86 by fellow New Jersey rapper on the rise Queen Latifah who signed the group to her management and lead them to ink a deal with Tommy Boy Records; Naughty by Nature quickly blew up to hip hop superstar status. O.P.P – the first single off the group's self titled debut album in '91 – lit up the mainstream charts. Friday's celebrations will also include workshops, a jam session, and the continent battle where breakers will team-up and face off in teams.
Displaying the best talent in dance, one of Holland's top dancers, Timor Steffens, will make an appearance in the World Final. The young multicultural boy (Moroccan, Native American, German) is born in the Netherlands and has worked with the world's greatest artists, making choreographies all over the world, teaching and giving workshops, judging on national TV shows, co-creating television formats, acting, modeling and much more. His resume includes names such as Janet Jackson, Madonna, Chris Brown, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Usher and many more.
World Final DJ, Joey "Nobunaga" Lewing grew up surrounded by music. With his first real crew "Rocking Nation," Nobunaga's dance career took off in 2002 after winning the 2 vs 2 at the Dutch B-Boy Championships. In 2004, Nobunaga decided to start DJ'ing after hearing a DJ play horrible music in a B-Boy battle he was competing in. His love for original, heavy and rare drum breaks became the DJ crew's trademark and he started to make a name as the next generation DJ on the breaking scene. Throughout his career, Nobunaga has played at some of the biggest urban dance events in the world. His feeling for music and talent for DJ'ing has blessed him with a life full of travels and opportunities to share his music with people all across the globe.