The Red Bull BC One National Finals took place at Eden Sunset in Hollywood on Saturday night (September 18) where two winners walked away with the title.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, B-Boy Ali and B-Girl Sunny will now advance to the World Finals on November 12 in New York City. But, they understand there’s a big difference between the Olympics, which added breaking to its program for the 2024 Paris games, and BC One.
As Indianapolis B-Girl and Olympics hopeful Pep C explained: “The Olympics is really serious, and I get to just wild out here. There are so many rules of what we can’t do with the Olympics. I’m doing this for the fun. Red Bull is interesting. You just have to represent yourself.
“Your approach has to be yours, but you can’t come out like you don’t know what you’re doing. It has to be within the essence of breaking itself. You can’t come in here and do, like, popping. And that’s pretty legit.”
Speaking to HipHopDX in August, Red Bull BC One All-Stars Logistx and Victor Montalvo talked bout how important it is to acknowledge all the elements of Hip Hop culture.
“Breaking in particular is one element that had a huge moment in pop culture history, but it’s important to note it hasn’t gone anywhere,” Montalvo, the 2015 Red Bull BC One World Finals champion, told DX. “It’s actually grown massively with communities all over the world, and it’s finally getting the full-time exposure and respect it deserves.
“You see more stages, competitions and platforms popping up globally as well as more brands stepping in to offer us sponsorships and support.
He continued: “Not only is that good for [breakers] as individuals but also the community at-large. I’m proud to continue breaking’s legacy while being able to experience this positive shift where we are being recognized for our contribution to Hip Hop.”
Logistx — winner of the 2021 Red Bull BC One World Final and the youngest to ever hold the coveted title — offered another perspective as a B-Girl.
“I was talking to one of my friends the other day and I was saying how whenever I meet other b-girls or women in Hip Hop culture, I get one of two energies,” the 19-year-old said. “One of the energies I get is really enthusiastic and friendly, really cooperative and just connected; and then the other energy I get is like this envy or jealousy, almost pettiness, because I’m a female in Hip Hop that has accomplished a certain amount of things.
“It’s like we’re competing against each other. Like, who’s gonna be the first women to do this? We’re setting the standard, so it’s competitive because there’s not a lot of us.”