THE BOOK REPORT: Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls, and Hip-Hop Culture in New York
Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls, and Hip-Hop Culture in New York is an in-depth academic exploration of one of hip-hop culture’s most globally expansive exports that sets the record straight on where b-boying comes from and what it means. Incorrectly known the world over as breakdancing, b-boying is a form of Afro-diasporic competitive dance that developed in the Bronx and Brooklyn, NY in the early 1970s. Joseph G. Schloss sets the record straight on b-boying’s roots by interviewing hip-hop historians and practitioners and getting down and hitting the floor himself.
Schloss has an authentic credibility that informs his narrative and gives his readers an insiders’ perspective. He differentiates between correct and incorrect terminology, and tracks specific dance styles back to specific neighborhoods and even further back to dancers’ African roots. Schloss gives hip-hop culture the scholarly credibility it deserves. I highly recommend this book to anyone with at least a passing interest in hip-hop culture, but I must warn you, after turning a few pages, you will want to break out your adidas running suit and start popping, locking, and hitting the floor to some breaks yourself.