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B boy

A B-boy or B-girl is a person devoted to hip hop culture, more specifically, bboying/break-dancing. Crazy Legs of Rock Steady Crew explains the origin of the term – “the word b-boy originated from Kool Herc … b-boys and b-girls – break boys, break girls” [1]. Although numerous b-boys have suggested that the term refers to the ‘breaks’ on a record [1], Kool Herc says that this is not the case – “b-boy – boys that break, it didn’t come from breaks on the record, it comes from… this man he ‘broke’, he went to a point, a breaking point… we just used that exaggeration of that term to the dancing – the b-boys, break boys”.

[1] Schloss, Joseph (2009). Foundation: B-boys, B-girls, And Hip-Hop Culture… [Oxford University Press.]

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