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Should Breakdancing Be An Olympic Sport?! Why The Hip Hop Community is Divided…



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https://www.olympic.org/news/paris-2024-puts-forward-its-proposal-for-new-sports
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Prospect of breakdancing becoming Olympic sport draws mixed reactions

Born out of competition, breaking is a natural for the Olympics



https://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-breaking-breakdancing-olympics-20190510-story.html
https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/27052875/breakdancing-moves-closer-2024-paris-debut
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Rogue Rocket
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Rogue Rocket

Is it an art? A sport? Both??

Names Rever
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Names Rever

You guys suck for not involving/interviewing Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers and Adolfo "Shabba Doo" Quinones. They pioneered breakdancing by bringing it to the forefront and to a new generation.

Mahororin
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Mahororin

Great job on this video Phil and everyone at Rogue Rocket. I wasn’t aware that Breakin had such a worldwide following. What’s the name of the music playing through a major portion of the video? I’ve heard it on hot ones and especially as the theme song in curry shop both from first we feast and now I hear it here. It’s very catchy but I cannot seem to find a name for it. Thanks in advance and keep up the amazing work on all these videos.

Egg Cellent
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Egg Cellent

What about ballet? or ballroom dancing then? Bit weird this… Dancing is as much of a sport as it is art, I feel like this is a bit silly. Also feel like this is another example of people taking inclusion a little bit too far, even the article wrote ''a more urban crowd'' saying you want an urban crowd is just a nice way of saying you want more people of colour to tune in. Jus sayin'

Impetuous Love
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Impetuous Love

This was nicely done guys. Good job

Violet
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Violet

Enbies also perform this, not just boys and girls;

Sparky16
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Sparky16

Anyone else notice the game theory hat? XD

DJ Beneficial
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DJ Beneficial

I will answer this for you as a veteran b-boy. The reason why the hip-hop community is divided is due to the old head vs. young head mentality. The old heads just hate! I know I'm going to catch flack for this but I lived it myself and I can tell you that the older generations while some were great mentors and inspirations, a lot of them just straight up hate on the younger generation. I won't name any names because this isn't a snuff piece, but the fact is that the younger generation of b-boys & b-girls have thought… Read more »

Berzerius
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Berzerius

If figure skating is in Olympics, it makes sense for breaking to be included.

hotdrippyglass
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hotdrippyglass

+

kiwigirljacks
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kiwigirljacks

If one form of dancing is made an Olympic sport… then should all be..? Seems weird to me.

TheMysticLink Plays
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TheMysticLink Plays

I feel like I just got cooler after watching this.

One Wheel to Rule Them All
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One Wheel to Rule Them All

I prefer objective sports (like a race for example) vs subjective ones (where someone does a dance and judges give scores). I know the Olympics already has subjective arts sports like that (figure skating and whatnot) but I'm not as huge of a fan of those either. It's cool to watch the people perform, but as a competition I don't like it as much as it's left to judges giving scores, vs an objective outcome like a race (where it's who's fastest rather than what scores judges decided they should have).

sleepymurderEDL
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sleepymurderEDL

@gametheory check out the hat

Jose Monroy
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Jose Monroy

Sure let's make breakdancing an Olympic sport whats next? the Mexican quebradita???

Daniel Luft-Martinez
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Daniel Luft-Martinez

hard pass

znxster
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znxster

If Breaking is a sport .. why then isn't Ballet consider a sport and in the Olympics too?

Breaking is an extremely athletic art and I am certain that the top flight train as hard as any Olympian. I feel the IOC is doing this for the chance to bring a focus to themselves and not to Breaking itself

Alpha
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Alpha

Philip DeFranco covering breakdance?!?! Im so ecstatic! It's hard to find others around me who are also interested in breaking, hopefully it's push on the mainstream stage will change that.

High Deaf Radio
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High Deaf Radio

I hold it very highly as an art and respect it as a sport. Still… For some reason it just looks silly to me. Its like the ugliest form of dance in my, obviously, objective opinion. Ill never knock this an as art, its just a genre of dance that looks cringey to me.

Kara Lekuse
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Kara Lekuse

Surely ballet should also be included as a "sport" then. Surely any form of dancing requires athletic fitness to perform jumps, poses, holds, throws etc. The difficulty with dance is that there are many interpretive elements that make judging very subjective vs the objective measurement of who jumps highest, swims fastest, lifts heaviest etc.

QuiteDecent
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QuiteDecent

Then make "break dance moves" the Olympic event and leave the expression/art out of it to allow for objective judging.

JustPassingThrough
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JustPassingThrough

I personally think that break dancing is fine as both a sport and a cultural and artistic expression. Although I believe that the two will most likely diverge pretty hard in the Olympics (which has its own host of massive issues to begin with) I also agree that including it will help further normalize break dancing the world wide, which at worse is harmless. I also get the hesitation to see it become so mainstream however. It started out as a pretty specific cultural icon, and it will only become more mainstream and marketed as time goes on. But the cultural… Read more »

Claudiu Stian
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Claudiu Stian

Mad love and mad respect for the Rogue Rocket team for a professional coverage of this raw and urban athletic art form.

Vezexis
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Vezexis

I am severely disturbed by the lack of Capoeira influence on breaking mentioned in this video

Anthony Peters
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Anthony Peters

Can we laugh yet….

Some Monsters
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Some Monsters

I just hope that this doesn't create a divide and conflict between those who focus on the original platforms it is performed on and those who will go into the Olympics. If it does, the issues could last for generations :/

Wendy Toledano
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Wendy Toledano

Good video and information about hip hop hopefully the Olympics introduces them 🙏🏼👍🏽

Angie Evans
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Angie Evans

Progress really is inevitable and the more the veterans support change the more likely it is to stay true to it's roots, if they don't support it and are included in it's future I feel like it will lose its authenticity and become commercialized

Angie Evans
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Angie Evans

"The more love, positivity, that's what we want" ❤

GuitBarbu
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GuitBarbu

I’m against the olympics

WhiskeyBrewer
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WhiskeyBrewer

I honestly don't think it should be an Olympic sport. Let it be its own thing

Nox Megido
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Nox Megido

Repping that game theory merch what a legend

Bernard Gilbert
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Bernard Gilbert

Maybe they could combine breaking with that sport they do with the ribbon, twirling I think it's called.

Gerfnutts The greatest
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Gerfnutts The greatest

What, no crazy legs?