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Let's Get Krump!

by Lady Glock

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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!


  • Miss Hipstah

    There was a write up about the film in this weeks Time Magazine

  • Danielle

    Hey I just wanted to say to make sure everybody goes to see that movie. Me an my friends are about to begin to Krump in canton,Ohio!

  • http://thecouchsessions.com Stone

    Yo, KRUMP is gonna be the new worldwide thing! We gotta get this movie out there.

    Can't wait until the man waters it down for the masses! :)

  • latrice aka lilt

    i just wanted 2 say i love krump and clown dancing and i wanted 2 knw will their be a krump and clown team in the nyc area

  • http://Www.myspace.com/shawnizarockstar Shawn

    I am a krumper in Austin Texas. WHOEVER needs a krumper or wants to try something new with a krumper please contact me ASAP. my krump name Is BIG REFUGEE and my krump style is rude/gully. Please please please contact me I will make it worth your while and I am ready for anything !