CHILLIN' IN THE CRIB 

Tonight's Episode: Pop and Lock!

Breakdancing (along with bandannas and stonewashed denim) is preserved forever in these amazing films. Learn by watching, but remember these people are professionals, so don't get too ambitious--even Alfonso Ribeiro fucked up his neck on a spin.

Wild Style (1983)--Scooby-Doo!!! This is the original breakdancin', graffiti-sprayin', old school rappin' movie. Zoro is screwed: His girlfriend dissed him, some punk asses are taking credit for his work, and he's totally self-involved. Fab Five Freddy comes to his rescue, and the whole gang puts on a rap show in an old bandshell that Zoro graffs on the sly.

Breakin' (1984)--Ozone, Special K, Turbo; how could any of us forget the first breakdancing movie ever made? Kelly's a rich girl dissatisfied with her classical dance training, until she meets street-tough Ozone, falls in love, becomes Special K, combines fan kicks with the worm, and lives happily ever after... at least until Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

Body Rock (1984)--Lorenzo Lamas plays Chilly D, a hunk who gives up breakin' for fame and "real dancing." Consequently, his life falls apart. Let this be a lesson to all.

Delivery Boys (1984)--This cheesy, homoerotic film is about good-hearted delivery drivers whose rival breakin' crew kidnaps them, one by one. They all end up in rather compromising situations but make it to the New York City Break-Off in the nick of time! Watch out for the guy in knee-high silver space boots, and the performance Mario Van Peebles doesn't want you to know about. Hilarious.

Beat Street (1984)--Possibly the best film ever made on the topic, concerning street kids and dramatic graffiti/breakin' warfare. Kickin' soundtrack includes Grand Master Melle Mel.

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