BBoys (6/9) - Battle in Paris with Benji
In France, the New York City Rap Tour had an immediate impact on the multicultural black-blanc-beur generation as it emerged on the social, cultural and political scenes.
American artists performed at clubs like Les Bains Douche, Le Bataclan, and La Cinquième Dimension and rode the wave of excitement on new radio stations. French disk jockey Sydney, the host of Rapper Dapper Snapper on Radio 7, invited Afrika Bambaataa and the Rock Steady Crew as guests on H.I.P. H.O.P, the first French television show entirely dedicated to hip-hop culture. Motivated by a never-ending desire to always set the bar higher, hip-hop performers quickly conquered Paris, and the rest of France soon followed. Graffiti artists took over vacant lots in the Stalingrad and La Chapelle neighborhoods, where the first illegal block-parties were held, and legendary breaking battles went down in Paris's Les Halles.
B-boy Benji contributed to some of France's most memorable breaking moments. He also developed his own trademark "Flexible Style", which has since become an essential form of breaking.
Featuring Benji from Division Alpha.