I first heard about Krumping in college and confused it with Crunk and forgot about it. Lately though, it’s been showing up everywhere… Even my dad knows about it. This prompted a little internet and magazine investigation which resulted in the conclusion that Krump Trumps modern day mainstream (with an emphasis on modern day and mainstream)hip hop culture … Positioning itself to be the reluctant “next big thing”. Why does this concern you? Because music and fashion go hand and hand… Commenting on, or in this case rejecting societal norms.
Recently documented in fashion photographer David LaChapelle’s (not to be confused, of course with Dave sans-La Chapelle) film Rize to rave reviews, Krumping seems to be gaining attention and fans :
“In the film and in the interviews, krump is variously described as “ghetto ballet” and advanced “clown dancing.” The movements — the thrusts and pops — are super-fast and in-your-face, and the dancers sometimes seem lost in an ecstatic, almost trancelike state, as if “a depth charge is exploding inside of them,” LaChapelle says, like “they have something inside them they need to exorcise.” From the Washington Post.
Check out Rize, Dave LaChappelle’s site and the stars of Rize on Krump Kings.
In an unrelated, yet I want to talk about it anyway site, I introduce to you, Slow Shirts. Slow shirts began in 1997 in Oakland, California, where the artist Jessica Lynch thought up the idea to screen print her drawings onto t-shirts… The resulting tees are truly original, fun and like slow game, get better with age.