Let's Get Krump!

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So, while Krumpin (or it's less violent style, Clownin) isn't a new thing, it is something that will be (and already has been) makin headlines. From what I know of it, it's a style of dance comparable to capoeira, where two dancers “fight” each other and the winner is determined by a)who has the best moves and b) who has more fans out in the crowd. Think breakdance battles meet Insane Clown Posse. The dancers wear baggy jeans, oversized sweatshirts…and clown make up. Hence the name “Clownin”.

The dance craze was started by Thomas Johnson a.k.a Tommy the Clown back in the mid to late 1990s in and around South Central L.A. He later founded the Hip-Hop Clown Academy in 2001. Here, young people could find an alternative to the street. Tommy formed a crew that opened doorways for other crews and thus a new dance style was born.

Krumpin/clownin has since been used in numerous music videos: Christina Aguilara's “Dirrty”, Missy Elliot's “I'm Really Really Hot”, Black Eyed Peas “Hey Mama” and most notably in Chemical Brothers' “Galvanize”

Now, photographer David LaChappelle (you know, the guy who did the Hootie Burger King commercial…) is coming out with a documentary about the dance craze entitled Rize It's release date is set for June 24th in select theaters, which most likely means theaters in L.A. and NYC.

So if it is, y'all better go out and get your Krump on!