THROWBACK THURSDAY: Breakdancing On Graffiti Rock (1984)

We have some funky fresh breakdancing from Graffiti Rock in today’s Throwback Thursday.

I wonder what it was like to live in the 80s, with Prince, Madonna and Michael Jackson being the pop star elite of the decade. Hip hop was growing with a plethora of names and styles. Then there were the clothes, vernacular and, of course, the breakdancing. Graffiti Rock was a hip hop programme intended to be an on-going series but only managing one pilot episode aired in New York on 29 June 1984. The show was very much like a hip hop version of Soul Train and the pilot featured some of the biggest hip hop names at the time: Run D.M.C., Shannon, The New York City Breakers, DJ Jimmie Jazz and Kool Moe Dee and Special K of the Treacherous Three. In this small clip, we get to see DJ Jimmie Jazz scratching to (presumably) a different song than what’s playing in the video and some of the freshest moves this side of the South Bronx.