EXCLUSIVE: Crazy Legs Says No One Person Can Take Credit For Creating Hip-Hop (VIDEO)

Can One Person Be Credited With Starting Hip-Hop? Legendary B-Boy Crazy Legs Has Some Other Views.

(AllHipHop News) Kool Herc is generally credited with being the creator of hip-hop with Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash also being recognized as forefathers of the culture. Though no one refutes them as being pioneers, resident b-boy of the Rock Steady Crew Crazy Legs says that culture was being birthed all over during the late 1970s, comprised of many facets, so there is no way one person can take credit for creating it.

“For someone to say that hip-hop was this back then and it was meant to be this, that’s impossible because there was no agenda,” he told AllHipHop’s CEO Chuck Creekmur. “Usually people did three elements. [Afrika Bambaataa] applied the Zulu Nation principles to hip-hop and gave it a direction in 1982 because his whole thing was peace, unity love and having fun. Then it became to be ‘what is hip-hop?’ from that point on.”

The Bronx native says many early acts laid the foundation for what hip-hop was to become.

“When you apply Kool Herc and Bambaataa and The L Brothers and all that together and see what everyone was doing, I think it becomes a collective more than [just] one particular person but Kool Herc does get praise from a lot of people.”

Though Crazy Legs has retired from break dancing, he’s still active with the Rock Steady Crew, which recently celebrated a 40 year anniversary.

The legendary Crazy Legs indeed, has a point. During the mid to late 70s, it was nearly a battle between the young adult disco lovers and the youthful energetic Hip-Hoppers. The disco culture was so grand and influential to the youngins when it came to getting down to the groove. But, because of the touch of high class the disco culture had, many young hip-hoppers as young as eight, eleven, and fifteen were dismissed entry into disco jams because they were too young, did not meet the dress code, or were recognized as a nuisance on the dance floor (when they got down to those break beats!). Such behavior proves that culture was being born everywhere, but we can not ignore that there were three elements constantly applied that laid the foundation for Hip-Hop's chance. Those elements are indeed, Rapping, B-Boying, and DJing.