Back in the day, circa 1996, the hip-hop world was all about the gangsta rap and busting caps, not the boom-bap and phat flips.
Nevertheless, a couple of local b-boys named Richard "Speedy Legs" Fernandez and Steven "Zulu Gremlin" Roybal decided it was time to bring breakdancing back. So they tagteamed to lauch the Miami Pro-Am, a weekend-long blitz of breaking competitions, MC battles, history panels, grafitti shows, and hip-hop parties.
Unbelievably, the 15th annual edition kicks off tomorrow. See the cut for the full Miami Pro-Am 2011 schedule.
Miami Pro-Am 2011 Schedule
Friday, May 20
7 to 9 p.m. Registration and Bboy History Panels at the Catalina Hotel's Kung Fu Lounge, 1720 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.
9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Opening Party with DJs Heron, Metafour, Casey Masem, and J-Sonic at the Catalina Hotel's Kung Fu Lounge, 1720 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.
7 to 11 p.m. DJ Panel & DJ Battle, hosted by Felix Sama with panelists DJ Doo Wop, Epps, Nick V, Stevie D, Jungle Boy, and Larry Larr at the Catalina Hotel's Red Bar, 1732 Collins Ave., South Beach.
11 p.m. to 2 a.m. MC Battle and Afterparty, hosted by K-Solo and Serum with DJs Solo 138 and Klassik, plus performances by Soul Flower, LaGuardia, Sekajipo, and Hannibul at the Catalina Hotel's Red Bar, 1732 Collins Ave., South Beach.
Saturday, May 21
3 to 10 p.m. Hip-hop concert with K-Solo, Canibus, Sharpshooters, Serum, Garcia, Eddie Hizpanik, Butta Verses, and 2e as well as breaking, b-girl, 3on3, Brooklyn rock, and popping dance competitions with DJs Trails, Solo 138, Magic, Slice, Stevie D, and Juneski at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $20 for adults or $10 for groups of five or more students with ID. Free for kids under 12.
10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. Afterparty with DJs TMS, Chillski, Papito, and Jock D at the Catalina Hotel's Maxine's Lounge,1756 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.
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Sunday, May 22
2 to 7 p.m. Dance cyphers, live percussion, and writers bench, hosted by Speedy Legs and DJ Trails at Ninth St. and Ocean Dr., Miami Beach.
For more information on the Miami Pro-Am 2011, call 954-796-4948 or visit hiphopelements.com.