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  • Actors: Afrika Bambaataa, Mos Def, Fab 5 Freddy, Frosty Freeze, Kool Herc
  • Directors: Israel
  • Producers: Casey Suchan, Eric Brenner, Quincy Jones III
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IUIP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,421 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Freshest Kids - A History of the B-Boy" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 2 Hours of Bonus Features: Highlight Reel of the Freshest, Craziest Moves; Never-Before-Seen Street Performance Footage and Uncut B-Boy Battles; Exclusive Interviews; Underground Music Videos: "MC's Delight," "I'm Saying," and "Battle Zone"; Photo Gallery; Biographies and More

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Product Description

Breaking... Born at Kool D.J. Herc's House parties in the early '70s, catapulted to a worldwide phenomenon in the '80s, and now experiencing its latest gravity-defying incarnation as a thriving underground movement, "The Freshest Kids" brings to you the illest B-Boying this planet has ever witnessed. Over two hours of hardcore breaking gives you an all-access pass to the underground world of B-Boys spanning the last 25+ years. See and hear the early history via rare archival footage and exclusive interviews with The Nigga Twins, Spy (the man with 1000 moves), Rock Steady Crew icons Crazy Legs and Ken Swift, The New York City Breakers, Mr. Wiggles, Styelements and the world's most innovative B-boys of the next generation along with hip-hop legends Kool D.J. Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-One, Mos Def and many more as they come together to reveal for the first time the most comprehensive history of B-Boying, its evolution and its place within hip-hop culture and beyond. These are The Freshest Kids and this is their story!

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The subtitle couldn't be more accurate: A History of the B-Boy is a comprehensive look at the world's "freshest kids." This lively documentary isn't about hip-hop or hip-hop culture as much as about an integral part of that culture. B-boys are defined, variously, as "breakboys" (the original term) and "breakdancers" (the more widely known one). These "kids," many now in their 30s, helped to shape hip-hop's look and spread its gospel. The narrative traces their evolution from the South Bronx 1970s to media-crazed 1980s--when they were featured in movies from Wild Style to Flashdance--to today, as the phenomenon has returned to the underground while remaining as popular as ever (as exemplified by footage from Germany, Japan, etc.). The old and new school are on hand to explain and to praise the b-boy; everyone from rappers like KRS-One and Mos Def to breakers like Crazy Legs and Ken Swift. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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This video is definitely a worth wild DVD.
Joann Price
Seriously, this is by far the best break dancing I have ever seen.
Eyes and Teeth
True to what real Hip Hop and B-Boys are all about!!
TTRUE

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Eyes and Teeth on September 15, 2003
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The first time I saw this, my mind was blown. Seriously, this is by far the best break dancing I have ever seen. Everyone I show this to agrees. This DVD should be mandatory viewing for anoyone claiming to be down with Hip-Hop. If you want to be educated, enthralled, and entertained, buy this now! You will not be disapointed. When I teach my Hip-Hop 101 class. This film, 'Scratch', and 'Style Wars' wills be shown. I am utterly fascinated by this movie. It is an excellent product, outlining the evolution of the B-boy...going back to early 70's NYC, with some incredible archival footage of hot breaking and B-boy battles (including the legendary Lincoln Center battle b/t Rock Steady and Dynamic Rockers in '81!)...You must buy this now. I assure, you will not be disapointed...these really were the 'Freshest Kids'.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Holmes on July 23, 2005
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I am a 'professional' female in my 30's, and remember and love breakdancing. I am soooo glad I bought this DVD which I plan on giving to my son for his birthday. But now the DVD will be OURS! What's great about it is that it shows the old 70's/early 80's b-boying stars & clips and then talks to the same people all grown up in their 30's/40's today. You WILL watch this over and over! Great history and roots of this NYC, then West Coast phenomenon...If only today's Hip Hop & Rap were as fun and clean as breakdancing was...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Naomi R Piserchia on January 24, 2003
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The first uncut b-boy battle in the special features section is worth the price of the dvd! The SECOND uncut b-boy battle in the special features section is worth the price of the dvd! And then there is everything else. A better investment than the stockmarket. Breakdancing is treated as a art form, and I feel lucky to have these dancers in my house. I definitely recommend this disc.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tehuti on December 9, 2002
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This DVD has special significance to me because I grew up in the West Bronx, right at the epicenter of Hip Hop. I was in high school during the days when Kool Herc was doing his thing and the B-Boy was born. So when I saw that this DVD had clips and interviews of Herc and many of the other innovators I had to have it. Ken Swift really did his homework. Tons of clips of fantastic moves, plenty of interviews and commentary. This is a very comprehensive documentary of what breaking and the B-Boy means to Hip Hop.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By pezer001 on April 28, 2003
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Not only is this a MUST HAVE for any bboy, but this also one of the best documentries I've seen. From early 70s to present you journey thru the history of bboying while observing some great old footage. Some of the faces Ken Swift made as a kid in a few photos are almost worth the price alone. Learn about where this dance artform started. How it was pilaged by pop culture and still survives in todays underground.
Every aspiring rapper should own this film as well. Know your roots, know the culture!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Garcia on September 20, 2005
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This has to be the freshest b-boy documentary I've ever seen!!!! From the early days in N.Y. with Kool Herc and the Rock Steady Crew, you are treated to the best footage and interviews on this planet!! Everything is covered here you won't be dissapointed. Much love to all B-boys and B-girls in the universe. Much respect to Crazy Legs and company for a job well done. If you love breaking you can't miss this one!!

DJ Grass

Miami, Fla
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2003
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this is a good DVD for those who want a precise lesson on the history of bboyin' and hip hop in general. this brought back so many memories from when i was in middle school, back in the early 80's. i remember carrying linoleum sheets on the bus going to pier 39 in frisco. for all you youngin's out there claimin' to be old skool, watch this DVD and it will show you how much you really know.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nick marrugo on November 7, 2002
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i have much respect for ken swift ,crazy legs,wiggles,and all the bboys who keep the dance alive.this dvd brings alot of great memories of days gone buy.dvd does justice to the hip hop community.the hip hop community should take notice of it's original roots.in 82 i started bboying and eventually it phazed out or regrouped later on.it was the most exciting time in my life.i always had a passion for bboying but everyone over here in states thought it was a fad but in reality it was the beginning of things to come.i'm 35 years old and this video has given me inspiration to bboy again and start from scratchwho knows you'll probably see me in a circle very soon.
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