Monday, August 31, 2009

Summer Heat: Massive Monkees interview, more Seattle goodies

Los Angeles is on fire, but it also seems like Seattle is ablaze. With a record setting sizzling summer in the 206, it's also fitting that Seattle Fil Am hip hop talent add to the scorcher. Remember to hydrate!

Peep an excerpt of my interview with the Seattle-based Massive Monkees. We were behind the scenes of America's Best Dance Crew, episode 3 (yeah, the martial arts one). Were/are these Seattle Pinoy b-boys the Monkees mention also inspirational to your style?

Any particular Filipino b-boys, b-girls influential to you all and your development?

Marcus Garrison: B-boy Free from Seattle. He's one of the biggest inspirations for Massive Monkees and all of Seattle and all over the world.

Jerome Aparis: And B-boy Remind from Style Elements Crew.

Brysen Angeles:
Actually in Seattle, the place where we did a lot of rehearsal for the audition of the show was the Filipino Community Center. So we got a lot of support from the Filipino community in Seattle. It's a good thing.

In another Seattle shoutout, remember to download the Blue Scholars' new EP entitled "OOF!" This Hawaiian-inspired collection is sure to satisfy your craving for innovative, experimental sounds and relaxing island flavors. Here is a Seattle Times review of each track of the EP. The Scholars keep it burnin like a haole on a beach!


And if you still feen for that 206 spice, be sure to download DJ Daps1's newest mixtape, "206 Summer Heat". All the artists featured in the mix represent Seattle, many delivering that real OG West Coast vibe. Who knew Seattle had such a thriving, raw hip hop scene? Well, now ya know.

Ain't nuthin better than summer in the Northwest!


Monday, August 17, 2009

Watch Hip Hop Mestizaje now!

I posted up my short documentary "Hip Hop Mestizaje: Racialization, Resonance, and Filipino American Knowledge of Self." I started shooting this film back in 2006, so it may be a bit dated cuz so many things happened since then, such as the rise of new Pinoy/ay artists, new albums dropped, and this whole ABDC phenomenon. The experience of making this film was transformational for me since I got to sit down with talented bruthas and sistas who represent a whole generation of Fil Ams creating and defining the meanings of our diasporic experiences. Plus, really, I'm always a fan first (you betcha I was mad geeked the whole time).

"Hip Hop Mestizaje" congeals Fil Artists from coast-to-coast--from the South, Northeast, West, and Pacific Northwest--and forms a narrative that partially explains why Filipino Americans are so loyal to hip hop: that being our racialized colonial history (and all its funkiness!). Thus, many of us seek to find "knowledge of self" via hip hop, poetry, Barrio Fiestas, or Pilipino Culture Nights. Right? Anyways, "Hip Hop Mestizaje" is a very small part of hopefully bigger projects to come. You can read more about this topic of colonization and racialization in an earlier post from 2008.

Props to all the artists and performers who took the time to talk to me: Kuttin Kandi, Alfie Numeric, Paulskee, Basic, Geologic, and David Araquel. Props to the homey Lakan de Leon for giving some kinds words below. His pioneering film, Beats, Rhymes, and Resistance: Pilipinos and Hip Hop in Los Angeles set it off for many Fil Ams to really take this "Fil Ams in hip hop" thing seriously.

Peep the reviews from close friends and colleagues! Thanks yall!

"Mark Villegas' Hip Hop Mestizaje continues what we tried to do back in the day--document the dynamic contributions of Pilipino Americans to Hip Hop, as well as understand why the artforms within it speak to us so personally and profoundly. While it has been over a decade since our film came out, I am excited to know that Pinoys and Pinays continue to shape and innovate this rich culture, and in turn connect their stories to the larger struggles of all people of color seeking freedom and justice through expression."

- Lakan de Leon, co-creator of Beats, Rhymes, and Resistance: Pilipinos and Hip Hop in Los Angeles

"Mark's short film 'Hip Hop Mestizaje' provides an already hip hop-knowledgable or hip hop head audience with an introductory look at the presence of Filipino-Americans in contemporary hip hop life. It opens the book for folks interested in learning more about their Brown-yet-Asian family who they undoubtedly meet at shows, community events, and on the block...So they may understand just why it is that we're in hip hop in such large numbers, not metal or punk (though we rep rather well in those arenas too)."

-Kristia, type-scholar/writer (featured in my spotlight), Doorknockers

"With a diversity of insightful and prominent voices from across the Filipino hip-hop spectrum, Hip Hop Mestizaje delves into the shared history of struggle that prompted Filipinos in America to embrace hip-hop culture."

-Eric Tandoc, DJ, filmmaker of Sounds of a New Hope, Massive Movement

"Hip Hop Mestizaje is a necessary exploration of U.S. Pin@y critique and contributions to popular culture, namely hip hop. Villegas highlights the ways in which U.S. Pin@y experiences align with other communities of color, but more importantly signals the tensions that push the building of Pin@y identity, art, and culture."

-Tracy La Chica Buenavista, Professor of Asian American Studies, California State University at Northridge

"I feel that this is a great documentary piece by my man Mark Villegas that gives you a glimpse into the world of Filipinos in Hip Hop. It shows how Hip Hop has helped them find themselves, and how it became thee medium of expression. This is a must watch for all Filipinos that want to gain a better understanding of why our community is so ingrained in Hip Hop Culture."

-DJ Icy Ice, World Famous Beat Junkies, Power 106

"...Mark highlights...a non-West Coast-centric viewpoint that showcases a varied yet collective experience." CONTINUE READING...

-Ninoy Brown, FOBBDeep

Thursday, August 13, 2009

"The B-Boy Stance": Massive Monkee article from 2007

Below is a 2007 article on the Massive Monkees published in Oneso Magazine, which is apparently defunct (I can't find it anymore! Can you? Here is their Myspace site). Good thing I saved the article. It's useless on my computer if its not out there for the world to read.

The article goes into depth on the origins of the Massive Monkees (mentions the role of Jefferson Community Center, a space for young Filipino American youth to build...listen to Blue Scholars' "Southside Revival"), performing for the Supersonics (R.I.P. lol!!), their service in the local Seattle community, and their international travels. Mind you, Massive Monkees are bigger than the 6 brothas on the MTV show. But you get the perspective of Jeromeskee, Brysen, and Juse Boogie (Marcus Garrison) who are on the show.

Enjoy! Let's see if you can catch Brysen's reference to the J'ville bootleg tape swapping we did back in the late 90s I mentioned in my last blog post. Can't believe he remembered that!

N O V E M B E R 5 , 2 0 0 7

The B-Boy Stance: An In-Depth Look Into the Massive Monkees

By H.D. Author

08:15:31 PM PST

When someone mentions Seattle, Hip-hop isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind, if it comes to mind at all. Though we have multiple businesses based in the Puget Sound area that have grown to be recognized all over the world, since the days of Sir Mix A Lot this city’s been rather quiet when it comes to artists making noise outside of the local scene in terms of Hip-hop. Within the past few years, however, several acts have crossed that barrier by linking up with others in the same struggle to spread the word in a day and age where Hip-hop is supposedly dead. It may be to the masses, but not to the Massive. Monkees that is.

Before a routine practice session at the Jefferson Community Center in Beacon Hill, where b-boys and b-girls have been going to learn, improve, and master their crafts for nearly 20 years, we got the chance to chill with a few of the crew. With b-boys Jeromeskee and Iron Mike Brysen, we wanted to know what the world-renowned Massive Monkees have been through, are going through, and will go through both as a crew and as a family.

Just to start with some basics, how long has Massive Monkees been together?

Jeromeskee: As a crew we’ve been established in 1999. It was two crews forming together, both crews really were nobody. We were all just kids who had the same passion. At that time, the whole Seattle scene, the b-boy Seattle scene was pretty much dead. Two crews, one of the crews was called the Untouchable Style Monkees, which was Brysen and myself, and another crew was called Massive, which was Juse Boogy and Domes. They were practicing downstairs at the Jefferson Community Center at the same time…

Did you guys get along right off the bat? Tell us a little more about how the two formed Massive Monkees.

Jeromeskee: Before we didn’t really know each other as well, pretty much didn’t like each other. [Laughs] We were kids growing up, we were kids trying to find identities too, trying to be hardcore and trying to be B-boys, stuff like that. [Laughs] When everybody disappeared we were like, ‘Yo ok…’ The big thing that played was chemistry. We all had the same vision. We wanted to master ourselves, you know, stay as a unit and compete with each other. But it was on a respect tip, it wasn’t no hate….

Brysen: I think actually we started hanging out before we started practicing together. We would go out together and party, do whatever, like 18-19 year olds do. Then we took one trip down to B-boy Summit ‘99…we took a bus trip down there together. We weren’t Massive Monkees yet, but we took the bus trip down and really from there it was on. We were down there representing together, representing Seattle, and at that time like Jerome said the scene had died. There were no more B-boys around in the area. There were, but they were very scarce…we were the remaining heads still doing it in Seattle, and then it was on.

Prior to the two crews meeting, how long have you guys been b-boying? Who did you look up to locally, and how was the Seattle b-boy scene back when you two started?

Jeromeskee: I’ve been dancing since ’96. I looked up to the crew, actually, before they were called USM they were called ABC, and that was [Brysen’s] crew, and this other crew which was called Boss Crew… incredible. They probably influenced not just the Seattle scene but the whole west coast scene, possibly the east coast scene.

Brysen: I started breaking in ’94, and Boss had been doing it 2 years before that. That’s kind of who put us on. I remember being in Florida in ’99 and telling heads I was from Seattle and they were like, ‘Yo you’re from Seattle? You ever heard of Boss Crew? We fucking used to watch their tapes.’ And this was in Florida, this is the complete opposite end of the US, and these kids were talking about how they’d seen Boss. Mind you, this was in ’97 when they were seeing like the “Yellow Shirt Break Wars” and stuff like that, and that was stuff going on here in Seattle. At that time, you know, there was no digital video, no internet video, no YouTube, there was nothing. It was like VHS being recorded by one homie, and the next homie getting it and him recording the next one, so I’m sure the copy that they got of some the battles locally were worn out VHS video tapes…. And that was like our original crew, both me and [Jeromeskee], we were like the younger cats who were repping Boss but we’re still part of that legacy, and proud to be.

Did you have any idea from the beginning that you really wanted to do this on a greater level or did it just kind of happen naturally?

Jeromeskee: I really sucked. I tried to get into this crew Oasis. That was in middle school. Yeah I’ll put em on blast too. [Laughs] They said, ‘all you have to do is battle.’ I already knew them from friends…so I went there and tried to battle in. Did my 3-4 rounds of Russian kicks, thought I was hardcore, and thought I was fresh. And then they said, ‘Oh I’m sorry, the crew is locked.’ AKA yo you suck. I was pretty mad cuz I practiced hard. For a good strong week. [Laughs] My boy at that time was saying why don’t you just go for ABC. So I go here to Jefferson Community Center, and these guys were already established pretty much. They’ve been battling for awhile. I practiced for 3-4 months, just trying to practice hard. I hooked up with the right people like Brysen, pretty much worked out for me. Hooked up with this guy named Fever One, DVS Crew, cats that really helped influence Boss Crew. They were the pioneer B-boys… dancing since the 80’s.

Brysen: [DVS] studied the old school cats who were doing it in New York, and these guys grew up in the 80’s so they were studying probably the early 80’s and late 70’s of what was going on…. Everything that they studied and all the homework that they did they were more than willing to share with Boss, which was to me, why Boss became so good. They were put on from the beginning and taught the real deal from jump, and that all lead down to what we’re doing as Massive.

Jeromeskee: We had a blessing off the direct contact from what B-boying should be, and what it really is about.

How did Massive Monkees go beyond that? What did you guys have to do get recognition and respect both in and outside of Seattle?

Brysen: We just did traveling, tried to get out there. We did Rock Steady Anniversary in ’99. We did B-Boy Pro Am in ’99. And this was just like small groups of us traveling around. A big turning point was doing Freestyle Session 6 in California. It was first time that us as a whole crew went down and made some noise, and we fucking came in 2nd place. We didn’t have any clue that were gonna do that good when we got down there, but we went down there, we did what we did, and fuck from there it was history. After that everybody wanted to know what’s going on with Massive Monkees…. We didn’t plan a lot of it, a lot of it we can honestly say it was a blessing. Things came at the right time, things happened at the right time, we chose to enter the right battles, and we got lucky. I think we got real lucky.

Jeromeskee: Before we made noise we had to make our personal noise in our own city to a different city. From then on, it was like ok we can do competitions. What else can we do? Alright we’ll teach. What else can we do? We can do theater. What else can we do? We can do Sonics, you know? It’s just an on-going process. Basically it’s a lot of peoples’ dreams all in one pot, and we worked it out as a crew….

When did you first hook up with the Sonics and how’d the Boom Squad form?

Jeromeskee: 2004. We won the World B-boy Championships [April 2004], and that was in London… Then this lady from California came to the Sonics and wanted to make a b-boy crew. Basically, someone forwarded her our contact, hooked us up, [and we] just tried out. We were already established as Massive Monkees, and so we were doing regular routines, our show routines and so forth. They liked us. We made the All-Star Game that year too.

Brysen: They hired us for thirteen games, and we did the thirteen games. The crowd loved it, and they just kept us on, put us on payroll with the Sonics.

Jeromeskee: If you see Boom Squad at the Supersonics, it’s known as the Massive Monkees crew. The Sonics didn’t put us together as individuals, we were already a crew.

Outside of the b-boy scene itself, what do you think people think of the art on a mainstream level?

Brysen: What you see now, like “You Got Served” or “Kicking It Old School,” the way that b-boying’s being represented to the mainstream…

Jeromeskee: It’s a joke.

Brysen: It makes b-boying out to be a joke. They’re definitely trying to make it like another fad, like this is just another fad that’s gonna go out the door. Truth be told this is shit that has been building, and it gave me and Jeromeskee and identity, you know what I’m saying? There’s other kids out there that could be doing a lot of other shit, you know, we all know that. We could all be doing something else…

If not for b-boying, what do you think you’d be doing right now?

Jeromeskee: Man, honestly, b-boying’s like walking. I can’t live without it. I can’t even think without it. I’m so in tuned with b-boying and with my crew; it’s kind of crazy to even think that. I see my crew on a daily basis. I b-boy every single day.

Brysen: If I wasn’t breaking, I don’t know. I may have finished college. I may have gotten a real good job. I may be sitting in front of a desk, fucking who knows what I could be doing, but I know that I’m happy with where I’m at right now. B-boying has done a lot for myself and it’s gotten me to a place where I can say that a lot of other people haven’t experienced a lot of things, at the age of 26, that I’ve been able to experience through this thing.... My parents have told me numerous times, “enjoy what you’re doing right now. You’re experiencing greater things. I’ve never seen all these countries that you’ve seen. I’ve never got to know different cultures around the world.” I don’t know where I would be, but I’m happy where I’m at.

Jeromeskee: I wouldn’t change anything, anything at all.

What’s been one of your most memorable experiences traveling the world?

Jeromeskee: [We’re] constantly having new experiences. This one experience we had, we got flown out to Japan. It was so like “Blood Sport,” where they took best of the best of each crew in Japan… we were the special guest crew.… We had a lot of great experiences in Japan, different countries and so forth, but this experience was like from the beginning to the end, [there] was a constant greatness to it. I mean it was to the point where we’re at the temple… we looked at each other, and we’re looking at how beautiful Japan was and how they treated us with such, royalty, actually… such respect. We’re like “dang…” I looked to the right, I looked to the left… we’re about to cry, you know? But we’re b-boys, we can’t do that. We’re hardcore, you know what I’m saying? [Laughs] And they gave us ceremonies, like the opening ceremony they had the prime minister there. It was a beautiful town.

Brysen: From the minute that we came off the plane they took care of us. Like “what do you guys wanna do? Where you gonna go? Here’s your luggage.” Everything was planned out on a schedule. “You’re gonna eat, you’re gonna go do this….” It was like from beginning to end they made sure we were gonna have a really good time.

Jeromeskee: It was our b-boy heaven. [Laughs]

Brysen: Yeah, and I got to share with like six of you guys. [Laughs]

Jeromeskee: At that moment, at that time, I said it to myself, “If I were to retire like this right now, I’d be happy.” There’s so much more to do, but I mean it was a super unique experience, incredible every single second.

Brysen: That was Koji, Japan, for Battle Runners 2006. Koji, Japan.

On the flip side of that, have you guys had any bad experiences travelling?

[Both laugh]

Jeromeskee: Where you wanna start?

Brysen: I actually booked this trip… we went to Leon, France. This promoter contacted us from France and said they wanna to bring us out for a battle. From the jump, the communication was wack. First thing he did was he bought the tickets flying out of Washington D.C. [Jeromeskee laughs] We were stuck with our flights, but we got that situated. We got on the plane, we flew in, and for some reason the flights didn’t connect right. We ended up spending four hours in Paris, waiting at the airport…then we flew to Leon, France. We finally get there, and we didn’t get to check into our hotel or anything. They brought us with our luggage, they were late picking us up too, and then a two hour drive after waiting at the airport for four hours…. Straight off of traveling for over twenty-something hours… they gave us an hour to chill and tell us to go out and stage and battle.

Jeromeskee: With our luggage.

Brysen: No shower, no food, no nothing. We get out there and we make it all the way to the finals, and we battled this crew called Pokémon. It’s their hometown, and I think the dude who promoted it was trying to throw an event to boost up their name. So they basically flew us out there, threw us in the tank, put us in front of this home crowd… close to a thousand… screaming fans, screaming for them and booing for us. We can show you the tape. We smacked them. We killed em. And all the judges go, “Pokémon wins.”

Jeromeskee: When we went there, just when they had said “USA” they booed us. They didn’t know about us. All they knew was about President Bush…and they heard “USA” and they booed us. And so we had to get their respect. In the beginning it was like “ok, these guys are alright.” Second round…they started to feel us more. When it came to the finals… after they announced the winner… [Pokémon] got booed.

Brysen: It was like some “Rocky” shit. Remember how Rocky had fought? All of a sudden, the crowd’s emotions turn to our favors like, “these guys are good guys….” [Both laugh] You can change a lot peoples’ minds through breaking….

Bringing it back locally, to here in Seattle, what are you guys up to now? What do you guys have planned?

Jeromeskee: We’re working on a theater piece. We do a lot of theater in the college market nationally, [but we’ve] never done a theater production in Seattle. It’s weird; it’s ironic. That’s one of our goals, basically just try and do theater and open it in Seattle….

Brysen: We’ve been doing a lot of shows locally, for like the opening of the sculpture park, or the Seattle Art Museum, and the Asian Art Museum… we did one show at the Asian Art Museum and ever since then the same people organizing a lot of the openings of the venues here got us doing that. It might have something to do with them giving us the Mayor’s Arts Award this year.

Jeromeskee: The mayor also gave us an official holiday, called the Massive Monkees Day. That’s April 26th, when we brought home a gold championship title [from the World B-boy Championships in 2004].

Brysen: And we’re still setting goals for ourselves, still trying to accomplish more. Take it to the next step, whether it be winning the next competition or trying to open a school and trying to teach out of a school…and to spread the word of Hip-hop, positive Hip-hop, and what b-boying can bring to culture, which is why it’s dope you guys are doing this magazine. We’re kind of on the same mission now. It’s perfect timing. Let’s just bring all this urban culture to life.

We know Massive Monkees is involved with the community outreach. Tell us more about that and the groups you work with.

Jeromeskee: I work at pre-schools, among another organization called Arts Corps… teaching art, teaching kids…. We have an anti-bully program we’re doing in schools too.

[Juse Boogy Enters]

Brysen: He does a lot of work with the city of Seattle.

Jeromeskee: We all do a lot of work with Seattle.

Juse Boogy: I do work with the city of Bellevue and run afterschool programs… and do classes through the city of Bellevue. We’re also starting a campaign; we’ve been in touch with some of the local districts. We did three grade level school shows with the Tukwila School District last year. We’ve done a couple with the Seattle School District as well. We’re on the move trying to do more outreach work, but at this point we’re just running afterschool programs. He does afterschool classes in Seattle, and I do them in Bellevue.

We know you met here, you practice here, and you help out a lot here at the Jefferson Community Center. What role does it play for the crew, and for b-boying?

Jeromeskee: A lot of us do work at the Jefferson Community Center. For Christmas we do a canned food drive. We do a lot of events specifically to help out certain organizations. We do a non-direct outreach at Jefferson Community Center, where certain kids will come up and we help them out.

Juse Boogy: If this was gone it’d be a lot harder… this is like the Mecca of b-boying… I’ve been coming here like fourteen years, but people have been coming here to b-boy for almost twenty.

What do you think of the Hip-hop scene specifically in Seattle?

Brysen: We need to grow as a scene rather than individuals. It’s a give and take thing. Let’s support each other…. People need to know about all the dope shit that’s going on here.

Juse Boogy: People in general [here] respect art. People in Seattle are always interested.

Jeromeskee: It’s beautiful. People are more artistic on the level of being open-minded. That has to do with people in Seattle… people are more receptive… you know what I’m saying? The Seattle scene and the environment itself has helped that out.

Thanks again for taking the time out do this interview. Any last words about this whole experience thus far in your lives?

Juse Boogy: Through dance you can see the culture, how [people] were raised, and how the community’s doing.

Jeromeskee: B-boying’s more than just tricks, more than shows and competition. It’s a whole lifestyle.

Brysen: We wanna create opportunities for others, other b-boys. And we’re still grinding. I can’t change who I am.

To learn more about the Massive Monkees, check them out at, every Seattle Supersonics home game at the Key Arena as the Boom Squad, a show near you, and the DVD documentary starring the crew coming soon.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Massive Takeover? Will Seattle own it?

Instead of flying fish at Seattle's Public Market, flying Monkees.

BakitWhy: "MTV's America's Best Crew Kicks Off Season 4"

Big ups to the crews who competed on the first episode of Season 4 of America's Best Dance Crew. I've been having conversations with a few b-boys and the consensus seems to be that the Massive Monkees are in a position to flatten crews into submission. No b-boy bias right? The b-boy cred for the Massive Monkees is serious, plus they got paramount skills for the "choreo" too.

Just one example of the veteran status of the Massive Monkees: I remember back in the late 1990s me, my crew, and other Pinoy hip hop heads used to swap bootleg copies of homemade Massive Monkees VHS tapes somehow acquired from Seattle Filipino network sources. Over 10 years later, the Massive Monkees are still making a name for themselves across the country, but this time through MTV and the internets, not from blurry, dubbed-over, crumple-ole videotape. (Ya'll jville heads still got those tapes?)

And ABDC is giving center stage to Filipinos and hip hop/street dance for all the world to witness (although I hear in the Philippines they are still only airing Season 2). To explain the intensity of this season's competition, check out this killer quote by Marcus (he dies?) in the Massive Monkees introduction during the first episode:

"We take extreme pride in being b-boys. Supercr3w was b-boys. Quest crew did b-boy moves. But we're really b-boys. We live and die it everyday."

Rillz? Mayn, then we better see some maniacal, magical, megalomonumental moves we aint neva seen before. Testify brah.

The other Filipino-dominant crew, Fr3sh, gave a fun and energetic performance, but unfortunately they were the first crew eliminated. They opened their performance with green hairspray or deodorant-lookin spray, to I guess signify their freshness. They said, in their introduction clip, they didn't want to be compared to other Asian crews like Kaba Modern or SoReal Cru (aren't there like 12 other crews who look like this?), so they tried their best to stand out from this reflexive racial cataloging. We gotta give them props--they look good, they're hella Pinay/oy, and they're East Coast! They were not as clean, intricate, or acrobatic as other crews on ABDC, but we should congratulate them for making it on the show.

Now, all the Massive Monkees accolades aside, the crew I think we should look out for is Rhythm City. They are clean, versatile (they got an extensive cache of styles), the ladies are sexy (come on, when will at least one lady win?), they are from the Bronx (hey, that's hip hop capital), they're not Asian (I'm just keepin it real), and they are not a b-boy crew. After 3 seasons of b-boy domination, will MTV want a 4th Asian/Latin looking b-boy crew to win again? I guess we'll see. Rhythm City definitely raises the level of competition, so keep ya eyelids peeled for these guys/gals.

BTW: How do crews practice the specific segment of the song (in this episode, it was "Boom Boom Pow") for Sudden Death battle? Looks suddenly rehearsed... Any insiders?

Also, congrats to the Philippine All Stars for making it to the championship round of the 8th Annual World Hip Hop Dance Championship against France's R.A.F. Crew, who took the crown away from the All Stars this year. Astig! Next year nalang pare!


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Aero. straight at ya with SICKSONGSONLY

Aero - SickSongsOnly (Produced by Traumatik)


Did I tell you Turbulence Productions was steady grindin that quality material? Aero (aka Aero with a dot) Turbulence's newest artist of 3rd World delivers a high-powered, lyrical feast layered over a hearty stew of delicious Chrizo, Traumatik, B-Roc, and C.H. beats... a sick recipe designed to make your throw it up.

Representin Bacolod City, Guam, and Hawai'i, this military brat spits his sickness with a free digital download SICKSONGSONLY EP. Get infected with Aero's confident flow, clever lines, and steady breath control. No need for 'Tussin.

What Aero say again? "I'm settin the standards. Like Christmas, I'm rippin' them rappers."

Yup, he's a lyrical contender, reals.

Check him rock it off the top while grippin a Red Horse:

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Massive Monkees on ABDC Season 4

Is that Seattle's very own Massive Monkees on the crew list of America's Best Dance Crew Season 4? Yes!

You can watch their ABDC audition here.

And you can watch their interview, along with Fr3sh from Jersey (are they FilAm?) here.

A description of the crew from the MTV site:
"MASSIVE MONKEES (Seattle, WA) – This Seattle crew have grinded their way through national and international competition at the highest level over the past five years. They have won a number of prestigious titles including B-boy Summit 2000 and the World B-boy Championships at Wembley Arena in London, England. The Monkees are actively involved in their community, working at local centers with children, coaching child sports and teaching b-boy classes. They even have their own holiday, as April 26th was dubbed Seattle’s official Massive Monkees Day in 2004. With this much talent and personality, they could be next in the line of b-boy crews to walk away with the $100,000 prize."

Will b-boys take the ABDC prize once again?

Will Pinoys continue to make noise?

Is ABDC relevant to the b-boy community, given these big name b-boy and poppin crews are gettin they shine on this show?

Fil Am Famous, baby!