Last friday, Namsayin packed the BASSment at Last Supper Club in Pioneer Square. It was a successful turn out and everyone was on the same page that night and that was to have a good time celebrating the HUGE win for our hometown bboys, Massive Monkees. In case you’re wondering what R16 is, it’s probably thee biggest and most competitive bboy event out in korea. Imagine a stadium packed full of koreans and bboy/bgirl admirers. Music and battling; straight up. After months of practice, they became victorious returning the World title back to Seattle. Anyways, here’s photos of the superstars in attendance. Thanks to all that came out, CRTVSL brand, RECESS U-District, family / friends and of course, Seattle’s own Massive Monkees.
It’s offical, Namsayin. Here is the trailer to Terrance Jeff Santos’ shortfilm with hometown Bboy crew / family, Massive Monkees.
Terrence, Jeff, Terrence Jeff, Mr. Santos. Get with it. He’s an up and coming director based here in Seattle who is loaded with talent. We were blessed to be on set with Mr. Santos’ latest project. It’s a short that includes games and dancing and DEATH! Don’t worry, nobody was hurt while shooting the film. Working hard and pushing the envelope is what Terrence is the best at. We’ve worked with Terrence on a number of “Know Where You Came From!” Projects and Jeff doesn’t skip a beat. It’s 3am and it looks like it’s 2pm. It’s all in the details.
Some familiar faces in helping with the short, is Seattle’s own Massive Monkees. Looking forward to attending there Anniversary Jam later on this month (April 21st to be exact).
It was a constant routine for the b-boys to take break between takes. Terrence was in constant flow; checking the play back monitors / directing and taking charge, making sure everything is what he invisioned.
JuseBoogy and Iron “Mike” Brysen taking direction from Director Santos.
Lights, camera action. Tim “The Pitt” in front of the camera wreckin’ hard.
Stay tuned. We’ll have more updates on Terrence’s work. We also have a project with him in the creative room at the moment. Stick around and you’ll see the action unfold, namsayin.
In their 12th year being a family/crew, Massive Monkees have continued to supply the Seattle Community every year with an event that showcases and highlights the 4 elements of hip hop. The day began steady as competitors trickled in to prepare for the preliminary battles in footwork and crew/crew battles. It’s been over 5 years since i’ve lasted attended Massive Monkees day and this day exceeded above my expectations as far as dance, music and the appreciation of hip hop. Namsayin was in for a treat! Fack! Please excuse the poor quality of shots. Bboys/girls were too dynamic for my camera’s shutter speed.
Aside from Namsayin participating the event, other vendors include Local Heroes, Rok Clothing, Zulu 206, 5-Hour Energy Drinks, Thebboyspot.com and the very own Massive Monkees; all loaded with merchandise. One thing I appreciate is the artistry within our community. We all have our unique style and direction, but our support for one another is something no other city has. MADnw.org was also in the building to do some coverage.
After the prelims were done and over with, crews like Knuckleheads Cali, Filthy Feet, Crisis Crew, Unleashed, Reflex, Vicious Puppies, Front Z On/Breakaholics and others battled it out for hours to a live band. In the finals of the Footwork competition, it was reigning 3-time reigning champ, Free, from Circle of Fire that battled it against new challenger, Thesis from KnuckeHeads Crew Cali. After 3 rounds, Thesis was crown’d champion. Fancy footwork fellas. Job well done to both.
The crew v.s crew battles were up next. The crews battled it out and after elimination, after elimination, KnuckleHeads from Cali and Van-city’s own Filthy Feet battled it out in the finals. Seven members from Cali, with their power, threading and clean movement came out victorious v.s Filthy Feets four clean and fundamental driven style. Props to all crew that participated, it was definitely a competition that was worthy seeing in person. Cardio and stamina for days, Namsayin! Be sure to follow Massive Monkees on twitter by clicking here, until then stay warm, summer is almost here. And you know what that means…….
Videos Courtesy of : NorthFreshWest
World Champion title holders, ABDC (America’s Best Dance Crew) 3rd place runner ups, internationally recognized, Seattle recognizes them with they’re own day; they are the Massive Monkees. They really don’t need any introduction because if you don’t know who they are by now, you’ve missed a big chunk of history when it comes to Seattle Hip-Hop. Starting in ’99 the crew of 20+ has grown to be one of the most well respected bboy crews in the world. They’ve shaped and helped the youth, battle the best across the world and have managed over the times to stay together as brothers/sisters; a family. I was fortunate enough to link up with Massive Monkees @ Southwest Community center in W. Seattle as they conducted their interview with MADnw.org.
Jeff from Madnw.org is shooting a documentary of the Seattle Hip-Hop scene. He, along with JR Celeski have teamed up to expose and bring sunshine to Seattle in exposing our music, our dance and our creative avenues/culture in Seattle. During the interview with MM, it was insighful to hear the lessons and struggles that this family has gone through. Before you think its some sad story, it isn’t. Laughs were pretty consistant through the interview, however it was real fresh listening to what members had to say about their personal passion of being a bboy/bgirl, the state of Hip-Hop in Seattle, who laid the foundation in the bboy scene in Seattle and what they have been doing to carry the bboy scene to the new generation of youtube junkies and realists.
After the interview, practice was in session. I caught some snaps of the fellas working their style and remaining real fresh. Although majority of the massive monkees weren’t there practicing the new generation of bboys/girls were looking solid and dynamic.
On april 26th, 2004 Mayor Greg Nickels made this day the offical Massive Monkees Day in the city of Seattle. I don’t know if they’re that many breakin’ crews or if any that have recieved this type of recoginition, but it definitely is an honor. Every year, Massive Monkees host an event in honor of their day. On April 23rd,…this Saturday, you can catch them exhibiting they’re style and hosting the battles at there 12yr Anniversary shindig. Check ‘em out, the local hip hop movement and stop by our booth and pick up some Namsayin Shirts. Pre-lims begin at noon and the event runs till 11pm. Time to practice my moves, Namsayin! Airflair while holding my nuts! Fack!