As 2016 comes to a close, we want to take some time to reflect on our favorite moments of the past year. Though of course we are very proud of the larger-scale initiatives we have developed and the partnerships and collaborations we have been privileged to take part in, sometimes it’s the small spontaneous activities that can really put things in perspective.
In January, we visited Honduras with B-Boy Jeremy Pena, Beat Maker Glen “DiViNCi” Valencia, DJ Margie “KaoticBlaze” Nunez and MC Azad Naficy.
When people think of hip-hop, they often think of rap music, but hip-hop culture has many elements*, and each of them has something distinctive to offer hip-hop diplomacy – each of them allows us to connect with people in different ways.
This clip shows B-Boy Jeremy informally cyphering with local b-boys, a common enough practice within all elements of hip-hop culture, but one that has deep implications. Individuals are able to respond to each other in the moment and communicate beyond language. Which can ultimately lead to some of the most powerful human connections.
(Also, watch for the, like, mega Coin Drop at 1:49. No reason – it’s just cool.)
*Next Level 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 emphasized MCing, DJing, hip-hop production (beatmaking), and dance. Next Level 4.0 will continue to work with these artforms, but also add beatboxing and graffiti.