B-boy Kung Fu

New York’s b-boy culture celebrates discipline, loyalty, and mastery.

In reality, mentoring is significant to all forms of hip hop (Schloss 67).

Objectives

After completing this assignment, students should be able to

  • Summarize the difference between “anti-commercial” and “noncommercial” as it relates to b-boying and other aspects of hip-hop culture
  • Summarize the point made through the anecdote about Alien Ness’s “drunken style” (45)
  • Define and explain the b-boy concept of “foundation” (50-52)
  • Explain how martial-arts practices came to be incorporated into b-boying
  • Discuss the similarities between the b-boy “foundation” and¬† the martial arts
  • Summarize the conflicts that arise around the term “b-girl”
  • Summarize the conflicts that arise around the term “breakdancing”
  • Summarize the point made through the anecdotes about mentoring, both in b-boy culture and in hip hop more generally

Reading

  • Schloss, “‘Getting Your Foundation’: Pedagogy” (40-67)
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Quiz

  • B-boy Kung Fu