When I ask my students who’s their favourite b-boy the most common answer is Roxrite! During the Flow Mo Anniversary weekend, which turned out pretty incredible by the way, we sat down with the man himself b-boy Roxrite of the Red Bull BC One Allstars, Squadron and the Renegade Rockers.
Roxrite at Flow Mo Anniversary, Kai Kuusisto photo
His story in pretty unique. Besides his history and inspirations we spoke about his mission to win his 100th first place tittle. His goal is to make it happen during the next year and currently his number is a super impressive 91. But the road is definitely not an easy one from here on. It means he would have to win almost one battle every month.
Rox is not settling for the tiny and local neighbourhood battles either. He’s known for being a champ in pretty much all of the biggest competition tittles one could imagine from Battle of the Year, UK B-Boy Championships to R-16, Red Bull BC One and Freestyle Session. Let’s see what he had to say.
“Hopefully by the middle of next year I’ll be able to get my 100. Getting back to the battling circuit is quite difficult lately but I’m training and I got nine more to go.”
How would you describe your style?
“My style is based on the traditional style of breaking which is top rock, footwork, freezes, power moves and original moves. But the idea is to make it more advanced and technical by creating within those elements of breaking and keep it with a b-boy style.“
What keeps you going throughout the years of dancing?
“It’s about growing, you got to evolve and reinvent yourself all the time. That’s how you keep staying relevant in breaking for generations. That’s also how Renegades has represented. You take in new young talent, breeding them and make them reach their potential. We got three generations of that. We have Wicket, we have my generation and we got Kid David’s.”
What’s the history behind Renegades?
“Renegades started already in 1983. It started with two brothers and OC from Stunt City, who combined with Gizmo and his crew EBC, Eternal Breaking Crew. They repped throughout the 80’s.
In the 90’s OC re-brought the Renegades back. He took guys from rival crews in the Bay like Wicket, Jazzy, Politix and a few other guys. He was kind of inspired by the San Francisco 49ers which was a dynasty in American Football. So he recruited the best up and coming talent and from there the Renegades put a big mark on the scene on a worldwide scale.
By 98 few guys had moved on to other things and Wicket and Politix recruited my generation which was me, Epic, Golden Child, O.J. who passed away, Deon, Ground Level etc. D-Roc and them started coming around again and new b-boys were recruited like Kid David, Iron Monkey and Naytron. Right now we’re about 5 generations deep.”
Influential Renegade Rockers battles?
“Radiotron 1996 Renegades vs Style Elements! Flea from Floor Rockers San Jose with Zwae vs Wicket and Jazzy Jay. It’s probably one of the illest battles as far as 2on2’s. A classic battle from 1995 everyone should watch.“
Style Elements vs Renegades, Radiotron 1996
Who influenced you and the Renegades in the early days?
For me my mentor as far as knowledge and understanding is a guy called Ground Level. He was down with the Zulu Nation back in early the 90’s and his mentors were Zulus from the 80’s. They dropped knowledge on the b-boy style and not just the moves. Because in California it was mostly just about the moves back then.
From there Ken Swift and a lot the Rock Steady guys were influential to us and Style Elements as well.
Watching Wicket come up around 98-99 and basically renew his whole game from doing just power to being more funky with top rock and footwork was very influential. Not many cats were breaking that way in Cali at the time. He was influenced by Kenny and Flow and really represent it in a unique way, he just looked like the image of a b-boy. People overlooked that but to me it still really stands out."
B-Boy & B-Girl Dojo salutes the champ on his mission and travels! Give him a follow and stay tuned on his battles to come:
Wicket & Jazzy Jay back at Best of the Best 1995
-Focus / bboydojo.com