Time for Rap and Breakdancing

I’m about 25 years behind the cultural curve.

Back in the early 1980s, in high school, I had a friend (a white guy a year younger than me) who was a heavy metal fanatic. Then suddenly he changed his passion to breakdancing. I couldn’t relate. I was a rock snob.

I’d hear Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” and Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” on the radio and thought they were OK, but that was about it for rap music.

Fast forward 20 years. A black guy from D.C. named Curtis Allen joins my church and releases his first Christian rap album, and I actually like a lot of it. I like a lot of his next album, too.

This spring, I found myself the as main engineer and co-Executive Producer of his third full length CD, and I love it. He told me I is officially gangsta. Here’s a picture from the recording sessions (we also made a video):

Several years ago I got married. My wife Bridgette loves dance and gymnastics, and it’s kind of starting to rub off. A few weeks ago I was flipping through the TV channels and came across a show that’s a competition to be named “America’s Best Dance Crew.” I discovered that the crew I liked the best were some breakdancers from Las Vegas called Super Cr3w. They’re acrobats, really. Here’s a sample (the performance starts around 1:45 in the video):

I’m up with the times. I just take 25 years to adjust.

(And I still like rock.)

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