Learn about the dance style of Krumping with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. Imagine teams of super athletic dancers, engaging in spectacular and aggressive dance battles, their styles reminiscent of African dance to Hip Hop break beats, the scene looking more like a fight than a dance. The teams of dancers, made up of men, women and children, have their faces painted in elaborate styles from the childlike to the grotesque. All the while this practice is being engaged in the spirit of community inclusion and good citizenship. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Krumping.
Krumping was a movement with humble and unlikely origins. In 1992 Tommy Johnson was a children's entertainer in Los Angeles' South Central region. Although Hip-Hop was born in the New York borough of Brooklyn, South Central and particularly the suburb of Compton is considered its West Coast hub, spawning seminal and controversial artists such as N.W.A and Ice-T. South Central was also synonymous with poverty and crime. This characterized a lot of the Hip-Hop being produced in the area.
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