Wednesday, June 8, 2011

TBB Rocking Crew History

Back in 1975 Batch, Shark, and Cash formed a graffiti crew named The Bronx Boys (TBB) since we were indeed from the Bronx... TBB fitted us just right.

During those old school days Rocking and Graffiti were the two best things for the young people growing up in the Bronx. And, tagging up was what motivated us the most since it contained the substance of what fame was to become of The Bronx Boys.
We used to Rock and sip on a grape tasting wine that only cost us a dollar for a full extra large pint. This wine was called "Night Train" and If you was a Graffiti artist back then you'd know what I'm talking about. It got us warmed up, and ready to go bombing (tagging). I actually started tagging graffiti back in 1974 when my name was Bat, but Cash and Shark added C-H to my name which became Batch, because I was not satisfied with a graffiti name that only contained three letters.

In 1975 on a hot summer July, while Up Rocking with some members of TBB Graffiti Artists, a simple Up Rocking move turned into a falling mistake by a kid named TE- TE Rock (not the later TE-TE Rock) who fell to the ground and made a swift move that changed the Rocking dance art throughout the world. This dance art became known as bboy/breaking, but the better name for it is actually "Rocking" since it originated from Rock to start with. Therefore, I turned our graffiti crew (TBB) into TBB Rocking Crew.
Then came Star Child LA Rock, and after that came Rock Well-Association.
Notice that these old school B-Boy crews had the word Rock to their crew. And furthermore, notice the later Rock Steady Crew, also contained the word "Rock".
In 1977 TBB Rocking Crew had spread largely throughout the Bronx which had caught the eye of Africa Bambaataa, and called for a peace treaty between the two biggest organizations in the Bronx back then. Please feel free to question Africa Bambaataa about this historical incident that took place back then. We met with him in the Webster projects for our interview, and we discussed issues that pertained to the safety of all the young people who used to attend Jams, DJ Parties, and School Yard Jams etc. The agreement was settled with respect and great concern and consideration for the sake of the young people who liked to attend those old school days parties.
The Zulunation and TBB became together after that meeting with Africa Bambaataa back in1977.

I am saddend and disappointed by the false information about the history of "Rocking". I have come across much misleading subjects and statements which are truly fairy tale assumptions from individuals that writers interview for feed back, and opinions then add these falsehood stories about the history of Rocking to, with no regard to assure that what they are printing may just be misleading information about the history of Rocking.
Recently I read a book called Vibe History, and as I read the Rocking (Break Dancing) history section of the book Ijust had to laugh.
many of those individuals mentioned in the section on Rocking I've known them for years, and grew up with many of them. Much of what I've read in that section on Rocking was nonsense. Needless to say, but true, that's a prime example of what I mean by false information. However, the section contained some true substance from those individuals that knew what they were saying. In any event though, I had to toss the book aside, when I noticed that the writer's information lacked more substantial facts, that needed to be represented to the true history of Rocking. The information was unbalanced with some historical eras and misconceptions ... May I ask where was TBB Rocking Crew in those historical events? Not once was the fundamentals of TBB Rocking Crew ever mentioned in that section of Rocking from that book Vibe History. Leaving out the main puzzles of the history of Rocking (Break Dancing) made the statements therein worthless to acknowledge. When we write about history we don't start from the middle of it. Otherwise, it won't contain any significance to its important value.

Respectfully,

I am BATCH God Father of TBB Rocking Crew.

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