Back to School Night at the School of Thought and all the teachers were there to hand out their syllabus. All the elements of hip-hop were there to represent, from the B-Boyz to the Pop-Lockers to Rappers to Rap Battlers, and the 'Dean', but we'll get to that a little later.
Wikepedia defines B-Boyin as "B-boying or breaking, also called breakdancing, is a style of street dance that originated primarily among Puerto Rican and African American youth, many former members of the Black Spades, the Young Spades, and the Baby Spades, during the mid 1970s". But anybody that was there knew that it was way more. The B-Boy community is one of the realest and one of the coolest groups period. And the B-Boy movement is live and well, as seen by the B-Boyz who showed up from different states, and the different races that came together but this wasn't any participation battle going on, Mutherfucca's Got Served. lol. When you sit down and just watch a true B-Boy someone true to art, then you realize this is truly poetry in motion. Check out the video below.
Wikipedia defines this as "Popping is a street dance and one of the original funk styles that came from California during the late 1960s–1970s. The dance, first seen in the 1968 movie ''Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'' during a scene where actress and singer Sally Anne Howes acts as a music box doll, is based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a jerk in the dancer's body, referred to as a pop or a hit. ".
This is very different from Popping which Wikedpedia defines as "Locking (originally Campbellocking) is a style of funk dance, which is today also associated with hip hop. The name is based on the concept of locking movements, which basically means freezing from a fast movement and "locking" in a certain position, holding that position for a short while and then continuing in the same speed as before.
One of the golden rules of hip-hop is your street cred is everything, and when your an OG, the people from old to young put RESPEC on your name. This was evident as "Pops" blessed the stage with a crazy Lockin' set and represented for his generation and let us know that your never to old when your doing what you love. Watch Pops and Respect the OG's.
Wikipedia defines battle rap as "Battle rap (also known as rap battling) is a type of rapping that includes bragging and boasting content. Battling can occur on recorded albums, though rap battles are often recited or freestyled spontaneously in live battles, "where MCs will perform on the same stage to see who has the better verses".".
Just when I thought it was over and the DJ was about to play that get out the club track, you know... "Its Time to Goo...It's Time to Go (In my Too Short Voice). The spotlight lit up and the crowd surrounded like the stage like the Colosseum did to see two gladiators do what they do best. Battle. The major difference between the B-Boy community and the Rap Battle community is there are soo many levels of disrespect and nothing, I mean nothing is off the table or too personal when it comes to Rap Battlin'. The rap battler himself or herself, is very precise and very calculated with all of their verses. Too weak of a first round verse and you'll be trying to make up ground the whole battle, give up too much on your first round verse and you won't have any ammo left for the final round. And most importantly if you don't have a catch phrase, then you ain't poppin'. And that one dude that was a major problem for his opponents from the School of Thought rap battle was Ronnie Harris better known as the 'Dean'. Who made it very clear to anybody that hopes to oppose him, that if you don't come correct then you'll be "JUST ANOTHER NAME GETTING MARKED OFF THE DEAN's LIST".. (That's his catch phrase. Like what I did there.)
Checkout the 'School of Thought' youtube channel:
"JUST ANOTHER NAME GETTING MARKED OFF THE DEAN's LIST"