Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Evo photos

Sorry, I got swamped the last two days of Evo then went to Puerto Rico so didn't finish my Evo coverage. I'll try and post another blog soon with my thoughts on the jam overall and Puerto Rico.

Til then head over to Eye of the Cypher to check out photos by Cadence from Day one of the event.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Evo 4 day one

This whole week has been nuts. Our practice sessions at Relapse Wednesday and Thursday basically became small jams. DJ 4Eyes from Israel was spinning both nights, all night and killing it. Plenty of cyphers. There was a great cypher battle between B-girl Narumi and Great man on Thursday as well.

Been meeting a ton of cool people. Everytime I turn around I'm shaking someone's hand. Picked up Sley, InTact, and Krom of Ruffneck Attack (Ukraine) from the airport on Thursday. Super friendly guys, dope b-boys and they really seem to love our American donuts. Gonna try and take them to Krispy Kreme tomorrow. They also brought some really dope shirts and sweaters to sale. Stop by the Madclout tabl and check em out (along with the Madclout gear of course).

Onto day one of Evo. The day started off with a lot of running around and trying to get things organized but that comes a long with any event of this size. Last minute changes to parking didn't help (more on that later). By the time the 3 on 3 battles got started things began to smooth out.

I DJ'ed a lot of the battles with Ethical helping out early on. Later, he had to move downstairs and do his thing there. The 3 on 3's provided a lot of exciting battles. Of course I missed a lot of them cause I was spinning. I was too busy paying attention to what round it was and keeping the music smooth to really say who did what but I did see a few stand out runs. You definitely have something to look forward to when the DVD comes out. I believe the final 4 (I'm going from memory) were Dynamic Rockers (NYC), Joyaux Lafocke from France (99% positive that's spelled wrong), Stylistic Tribe (Puerto Rico...HOOO) and Main Ingredientz (FLA). The finals were between Lafocke and Dynamic Rockers. After an intense battle, Dynamic Rockers took it.

There were also a couple of B-boy 24/7 exhibition battles. The first was between B-girl Severe from Burn Unit (ATL) and Mystify from Chicago. Severe took it but I don't remember the round count. The second was Panik also from Burn Unit, and Crazy C from Backyard Funk (FLA). Crazy C won by technical knockout (Won 4 straight rounds).

I'm expecting Saturday and Sunday to be even crazier. If you're coming, there are some things you should know; No Pens. They're really strict on tagging. This could cost us the venue in the future so please don't do it. You will have to park off-site and it costs 3 dollars. You can go to the Relapse and someone can redirect you but if you just drive down 14th St. You'll see people in yellow vests directing you where you can park. Please don't park in the neighborhoods around the relapse. We don't want to give people an excuse to call the cops or try to shut us down.

- AlphaTrion

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Evo 4 in ATL

It's a big weekend of firsts both for me and the Atlanta b-boy scene. For me, this is going to be the biggest jam I've DJ'ed so far. For Atlanta, it's going to be our first international event. We've had some decent size jams in the past like Loose Screws 9 and 10, the Breaklanta series, ATL's Revolution and All Targets Leveled, but never anything on this scale. As of this writing I believe there are over 50 crews signed up from all over the US, Europe, and Asia. I've been hearing that all the presales have been sold out.

I've been in the Atlanta scene for a while now, not as long as some like Zapper or Totem, but long enough to have seen it grow from a time when there were maybe 4 crews and a jam two or three times a year if we were lucky. Fast forward about 7 years and there are almost a dozen crews and at least one jam a month. I see new people, kids really, at every practice and jam I go to now. It's a good feeling to see something you've been a part of so long reach the level we're at and continue to grow.

I'm hoping that Evolution 4 isn't the culmination of everything the Atlanta B-boys have worked toward this past decade. Instead I hope it's a beginning. I want all these crews coming from around the world to see our city, meet our people, hear our DJs and want to come back again for our next jam. Hopefully they'll see why so many of us are proud to say we're from The "A."

- AlphaTrion
Risen from the Ashes crew
Atlanta, GA