Legendary collective Rock Steady Crew (RSC) will celebrate 31 years of preserving Hip-Hop culture during its annual anniversary celebration.
The four-day event will kick off with the celebrity benefit basketball challenge and Against The Grain Concrete B-boy/B-girl battle on July 24 at The Cage in New York City.
The day will also feature a popping/locking and B-boy dance workshop presented by RSC members Mr. Wiggles, Fabel, Suga Pop, Crazy Legs, Servin’ Ervin, Bonita and Ynot at the Red Bull building.
“For some reason, Hip-Hop has that natural ability to bring people together and bridge the gaps that divide us, because of our common interest, RSC Founder Crazy Legs told AllHipHop.com in a statement. When people come to the RSC anniversary, it becomes more than the anniversary. Its a pilgrimage to the Mecca of Hip-Hop. Its a way to get in touch with why they got in to Hip-Hop, and to meet some of the people that help to pioneer this culture.
The week will honor legendary DJ Red Alert, who will celebrate 25 years on the radio as special guest DJ during the UK B-Boy Championships US qualifier, which takes place on July 25.
The Spy Awards and 5-on-5 crew battles will highlight the third day of celebration as B-boys and B-girls compete for a grand prize during round-by-round eliminations on July 26.
The day holds an additional meaning for RSC supporters and members, as it marks the official Rock Steady Crew Day in New York City.
The Rock Steady Crew will conclude its celebration with a free all-day outdoor concert and food drive on July 27.
The event will be held in conjunction with the third annual Lincoln Park Music Festival. Artists scheduled to perform include the Beatnuts, Buckshot, Craig G and Marley Marl, Sadat X, Soul Sonic Force, Positive K, Grand Master Caz, DJ Premier featuring NYGz and Blaq Poet, Termanology and DJ Statik Selektah, A-OK, Akrobatik, Skyzoo and others.
A food drive will be held in honor of Wayne ‘Frosty Freeze’ Frost, who died after a long illness on April 8.
Prior to his death, Frosty Freeze gained mainstream exposure with an appearance with his Rock Steady brethren in the 1983 film Flashdance.
“Frosty Freeze was one of the last B-boys who embodied the very DNA of the original style, character and moves that existed when this dance began in the early ’70s,” Crazy Legs said.
For more details on the Rock Steady Crew 31st anniversary, visit www.rocksteadycrew.com.