What is Cypher Adikts?

Cypher Adikts is not just a jam it’s a movement born out of a necessity in today’s community to bring balance in our culture. Away from the competitions and music interruption this jam is all about keeping it raw and representing to the fullest. There’s not much more to say, the name speaks for itself …

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CYPHER ADIKTS 4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY – RECAP

10917429_10152483917491148_2602221200381488399_nWe made it through another one! After giving ourselves some time to reflect on what went down last weekend for the Cypher Adikts 4 Year Anniversary, we were extremely proud of what transpired. A lot of groundwork went into bringing another vision to life this year. There were even moments where we felt it would be nearly impossible to be able to collaborate with the people involved. At the end, it came together beautifully and the four Year Anniversary proved to be a success that completely exceeded our expectations.

We kicked off day one in classic CA style and teamed up once again with the good folks over at Think Tank Gallery located in the Fashion District of Downtown Los Angeles. Knowing exactly what to expect with the venue since we were here last year, we really wanted to make sure that every detail was on point. This time around the whole CA team met up the night before to allow for more time to work on producing the classic CA set up and once again transformed Think Tank into a full on party atmosphere.

1513743_407015936131891_979815306121712750_nJust to give you a little insight at what went on behind the scenes, We left the venue the night before feeling pretty good about getting a head start on set up and loved that we would have time to relax on Saturday morning before doors opened later that night. However, our free time was quickly put on pause when we received a phone call Saturday Afternoon that there had been a power outage on the entire city block where the venue was located, with no signs of when it would be restored. Needless to say, the pressure was ON! So we all headed to the venue earlier than anticipated and with the help of Jacob and his amazing team we were able to rig and rewire all the electricity in the venue. We had completed everything once again just 30 minutes before doors opened. We’re still in shock on how we were able to pull this off! We worked really hard to make sure this issue did not in any way compromise the quality of Cypher Adikts and there was just no way we weren’t going through with the celebration.

Photo By Emajyn - 24Doors opened exactly at 9pm without further dilemmas and people had already been lining up outside the venue waiting to get it in. Almost immediately Ervin Arana had the spot crackin’ with his musical selections! Within the hour, the place was officially packed! We were a bit surprised on how fast it went from zero to a hundred! In the past it’s always usually taken some time for the vibe to build up and people like to trickle in a little later in the night. So we were all excited to see such a large turn out so early!

We had dancers in from The Bay, Chicago, Japan, Europe, Taiwan, the I.E., OC, Hawaii and the list goes on! Everyone came prepared and just ready to get down. There were no awkward moments with people stretching in the corners or standing around waiting for something to happen. People just knew! There was no denying we were in for a full night of excitement.

Photo By Emajyn - 27During the night we also make sure that we get in a little cypher time as well and  we were excited to see that not only were there a lot bboys & bgirls in the house, but also a lot of other different types of styles rockin’ the circles. We’ve had a little bit of this in the past at some of our more local events, but to see so many cyphers of just straight up UNITED party rockin’ was unreal and very refreshing! After all, this is meant for strictly CYPHER ADIKTS, and that stretches across all genres of dance. Ervin did an amazing job of reading the crowd and took different routes with the music. From breaks, to Hip Hop, to funk and even a little house and dose of ratchetness at the end of the night, we had it all! What also stood out to us was that the dynamic of the cyphers themselves had also changed from what we’ve previously experienced. In the past we’ve witnessed cyphers were starting to become stressful with folks rushing in, cutting each other off or being disrespectful to one another and that was definitely taking away from the fun of it all. This time around, People were having FUN! The energy was high and Saturday night was definitely all about having a good time and feeling the music which is what CA has always strived to deliver.

1507709_10152483917296148_663843780826078143_nOf course the highlight of the night was watching the incredible JUNGLE FIRE perform for us once again. This has now been the 3rd year that we were able to have them play thanks to the connection and collaboration with CA resident Ervin Arana, along with their desire to just be down for the movement. Once they hit the floor everyone let lose and the party really reached it’s peek. We were also glad to see people just simply enjoy watching the performance itself! Truly amazing what these guys can do. If you’re not familiar with Jungle Fire, we recommend you go and check them out for yourself. You really need to experience the magnitude of talent that JF brings with each musician. The performance for CA featured a mix of Afro latin funk, soul & bboy breaks perfectly arranged to set the party into a frenzy! The collaboration between Jungle Fire and Ervin only continues to get better as the chemistry, vibe and music settles in to be the perfect fit for the CA Anniversary. We’re fortunate to have this level of talented musicians playing for us and feel extremely honored to have been able to feature the power house band for another celebration. Simply speaking, Jungle Fire is the TRUTH! Thanks for blessing the CA house once again!

CA4YR - 20Other highlights throughout the night included having Ivan the Urban Action Figure rock the mic alongside Koolski as guest during Jungle Fire’s set. Ivan is all about the music so he definitely contributed in keeping the energy of the night HIGH. We also had the extreme pleasure of sharing this experience with none other than Ken Swift. Having him come through to CA has been something we have always wanted and watching him getting down in the cyphers was definitely a surreal moment for everyone. Like a true party man, he could also be seen dancing along with his lady, just groovin’ out and having a good time throughout the night. Literally EVERYONE who passed through our doors played a big role in how the night turned out.

There was just no better way to kick off the weekend. Even with the little snags we hit in the beginning, we banned together and made sure nothing stopped the party. Huge thanks once again to Jacob and the amazing people at Think Tank Gallery that helped us pull through. These guys went above and beyond to make sure it all went down without a hitch. WE THANK YOU! At the end of the day, we couldn’t have hoped for a better turn out of support and a more infectious vibe. The night was a success because of YOU, the supporter! Can’t stress that enough.

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Moving along to Day 2, this year we wanted to focus connecting on a more personal level with our supporters. Like we’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, we’re dedicated to consistently give back to the community. So we decided to host a full day of FREE workshops and discussions with three of the best Bboys out there; Roxrite, Ivan the Urban Action Figure and none other than Prince Ken Swift! These three individuals span over four generations within Hip Hop culture and were the perfect additions to help create Cypher Adikts – Unplugged.

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This wasn’t a panel discussion or what people would expect from an average workshop. This was a unique opportunity to come build and exchange with some of the most influential dancers of our time. Our three guests did not hold back and delivered beyond our expectations, and with each one having a full 2 hours to do whatever they pleased, we knew we were all in for it. We arrived at the venue an hour before getting started and found there was already a line of people waiting, ready to take advantage of this experience.

Ervin Arana - 12We kicked it off with Ivan as he shared his unique approach to the artform. Most people misunderstand IVAN’s ridiculous level of energy, but make no mistake, his philosophy and explosive approach to this dance/culture is nothing short brilliant ! The balance between mental and physical exercises set the precedent for the type of event Unplugged was going to be. Ivan was definitely the perfect way to start. The room was PACKED and people made the most out of the space to soak in the full Ivan experience. His teaching methods are also designed for you to open up and explore the music through movements and his bursts of inspirational messages left everyone in the room motivated and eager to rethink their approach towards the dance.

Ervin Arana - 14Up next we had “The General” himself, Bboy Roxrite. Not only was he the younger of all three of our guests, but he currently stands as one of the most consistently active in the scene, celebrating 20 years of hard work and dedication to the dance. Roxrite coming in after Ivan and before Kenny could’ve been very intimidating for many but he provided a perfect balance to the day. There’s a lot more to Rox than what we’ve seen of him through some of the worlds best competitions and the stage of Red Bull BC One. His approach and mindset within the current state of the scene is refreshing to what one might think. Roxrite truly cares about what he does, how he trains, who he’s involved with and what he represents within our culture. It was really important for us to have him come through and share his perspective and approach to the dance, especially to the young and upcoming bboys and bgirls. During his time at CA Unplugged, he offered incredible insight to his personal history and training regiment. Then he challenged everyone by giving you some tools/exercise that could help expand your personal arsenal.

Ervin Arana - 21Last but not least we had the legendary Ken Swift close out the weekend. His presence alone at our Anniversary was a huge deal to us but  we had no idea on the amount of gems he’d be dropping! This man isn’t considered the epitome of a bboy for no reason. His insight and understanding of hip hop culture was simply mind blowing. One of the main ideas behind Unplugged was to inspire through Story Telling and Ken Swift’s articulate depiction and willingness to share his rich history with us exceeded our expectations by far! His delivery was so generous and genuine. He shared fascinating personal details on how it all started for him and facts on what HIP HOP was and felt like through his own experiences. His words were a great reminder that the music and having fun was and should always remain the #1 focus. Whether you’ve been breaking for decades or just getting started, what he shared could only leave you with an immense amount of inspiration.

Ervin Arana - 10We were overwhelmed with the support from everyone who attended day two. At first we weren’t sure if our community would fully take advantage of an opportunity like this. Often times we come across dancers who feel they’ve got it all mastered and wouldn’t benefit from a day like unplugged or any workshop for that matter. However we feel there’s never enough knowledge to be gained, Always a student, we never stop learning! Those that were there (including us) were truly fortunate to have shared this “Unplugged” experience. A great reminder as to why we LOVE this culture!

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Huge shout out to everyone that came through and weren’t afraid to open themselves up to learn from Ivan, Roxrite and Kenny. It really made our day to see such great interest and care within our community and we are further inspired to keep on spreading knowledge and education, Thank you!

We’d also like to highlight and thank other key people who were a huge help to us this weekend;

JUNGLE FIRE for the Amazing off the charts performance!

– Jacob and everyone over at Think Tank Gallery for allowing us to bring our event to their amazing space for another year and helping us get through the little glitches. We appreciate you all!!

– Our team for the weekend; The one and only Debbie Barnes for keeping the door on LOCK as usual, we love ya! The Lovely Miss Lady Lex and Ricky Rocany for helping us out with set-up and break-down. We couldn’t have done it without you.

– Our resident host Koolski for rocking the mic once again.

– Documentarians of the night; VEPhoto’s, Exsyte, Emajyn & Ervin Arana (yes he cloned himself). Make sure you always show love to these guys, they throw themselves in the trenches and provide some incredible images that we all love to share and repost. PLEASE CREDIT THEM! (@vephotos @exsyte_ @emajynphotography)

Hint Water for donating their products to keep our dancers hydrated throughout the night as well as Bboy Machine for dropping off and donating cases of Monster Energy. We really appreciate your contributions!

All in all, this was such an incredible weekend. The energy, the vibe and of course YOU the supporters and the collaborators. Thank you for caring and participating in the Cypher Adikts movement and celebrating 4 years with us. We do this simply for the love of this art form, the entire weekend was produced entirely on our own without any outside financial backing. So with that said, we want to stress that we couldn’t have completed this weekend without your support. Your messages & posts afterwards help push us to continue doing what we do. So on behalf of Cypher Adikts (Jeskilz, Ervin and CrissyB), THANK YOU! Can’t wait to celebrate the BIG 5 with you all in 2016!

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To view more pictures of DAY 1 & 2, Click here

Cypher Adikts 4 Year Anniversary

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It’s now been 4 YEARS since our humble beginnings in Los Angeles, Cali. We’ve had some amazing opportunities to travel the world to share the movement and build relationships within the community. 2014 was full of accomplishments for the CA team both professionally and personally, so we had to take a little bit of a break by only doing a few events. However we know there’s been folks who have expressed how much CA is missed in LA so we’re happy to bring back the party to open up 2015 and then continue the party every few months throughout the year just like we used to! But first… LET’S CELEBRATE!!!

Jeskilz presents
Cypher Adikts 4 Year Anniversary
January 17th & 18th, 2015

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DAY 1 Sat 1/17/15: CYPHER ADIKTS

 

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Cyphers all night with Music provided by Ervin Arana &

Live Performance by JUNGLE FIRE! Making their return to the CA Floor for the third year in a row!

Hosted by: Koolski and special guest Bboy IVAN!

Location: Think Tank Gallery
939 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Plenty of Parking Available
(street meters free after 6pm, private lots also available)
Time: 9pm-1am
Cover: $10
All Ages

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DAY 2 Sun 1/18/15: CYPHER ADIKTS – UNPLUGGED

 

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A full day of workshops and open discussion with Bboy’s;

ROXRITE (Renegade Rockers/The Squadron) – Click here for full bio
IVAN (The Urban Action Figure) – Click here for full bio
KEN SWIFT (Breaklife/Seven Gemz) – click here for full bio

This is not a “Panel Discussion” and this will definitely be more than your average workshop. This is your chance to come out and BUILD with some of the best to ever do it! But you gotta come and find out! Visit the link for complete details: CYPHER ADIKTS – UNPLUGGED

Location: South Park Studios
1326 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, Ca. 90015
Time: 1pm – 7pm
Cover: FREE
All Ages

**First class will start PROMPTLY at 1pm. Early arrival is HIGHLY suggested because we will only allow to reach the capacity set by the venue. We highly encourage for everyone to come take advantage of ALL three classes in order to guarantee your spot. Don’t get left out in the cold!

Once again, Cypher Adikts aims at providing an action packed weekend to celebrate our Anniversary! So make sure and keep it locked for updates and other exciting news! In the meantime, start making your plans to come out and party with us to celebrate 4 Years of Freshness!!

SEE YOU ALL ON JANUARY 17TH & 18TH 2015!!

CYPHER ADIKTS – UNPLUGGED

We’ve kept you waiting long enough! After careful planning we’re finally announcing what we have tirelessly been working on for Day 2 of the Cypher Adikts 4 Year Anniversary. Going Down Sunday January 18th 2015, we bring you Cypher Adikts Unplugged!

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This has been in the works with us for a minute now. However, with all the social media attention we have been seeing lately surrounding different events/organizations and debates on whether or not they are serving a purpose in the scene, there’s no better time to highlight the importance of creating a direct dialogue within the breaking community and some of the people we feel have been directly involved in, contributed and have been just straight up representing within our culture.

We mean it when we talk about the importance behind giving back to the community. Education has long been an area that Cypher Adikts has wanted to become deeply involved in. The name “Unplugged” was brought about as a way to take the dancers away from the typical workshop or event setting, introducing them to a world beyond competitions and bring them down to the “nitty gritty”. Using the same approach we use for our event is how we would like to educate. It’s not about the classroom with nice mirrors and floors or about the students following the teachers foot steps. We want to create an exchange and an unforgettable experience in where the student and teacher can connect on a more personal level.

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The inspiration for Unplugged began with CA’s very own, Ervin Arana. For almost 5 years, Ervin has been very consistent with his series of workshops in Los Angeles called The Break Down. It all started with him teaching intermediate breaking classes to students at CSULB. His experience there helped him fine tune his teachings into more of a mental/ psychological approach. He then began to host his own bboy/bgirl workshops inviting special guests to come share their experience with the local scene and build on their approach to the dance. Those guests have included Poe One, Ivan, Remind, Flo Mo Crew, Zulu Gremlin and many others.

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Throughout the years, the series has obtained an outstanding amount of support from the breaking community with as many as 70 students of all levels coming in from all over the Los Angeles area. Today the Break Down continues to find ways to poke your creativity and open doors that will further develop your craft. Now CA would love to recreate the positive impact that “The Break Down” has generated by dedicating our second day of celebration through intensive education at Cypher Adikts Unplugged.

We have brought together 3 individuals that span at least 4 generations within the culture and offer up a wealth of knowledge that they are each eager to share with us at Cypher Adikts Unplugged. This will be a full day of Bboy/Bgirl workshops & open discussion designed to help us open up both our creativity and our minds. Now let’s introduce you to our three special Guests…

     RoxRite      Ken Swift      Ivan

Unless you are completely brand new to Breaking, you should already be familiar with each of these three faces and what they represent to us. We have Bboy Roxrite (Renegade Rockers/ The Squadron), Bboy Ivan (AKA the Urban Action Figure) and none other than the man himself, Prince Ken Swift (BreakLife/Seven Gemz). Each one will contribute their own unique approach and perspective on the dance and we will be sharing a little more about them in the coming weeks.

This is for everyone, all ages, all levels. However this will not be your average workshop, this is something special y’all! Although there will be dancing involved, we are not asking you to come out and just learn moves. We’re asking everyone who is interested to take a step back from social media, from youtube, unplug yourselves entirely from what you think you know and be prepared to join us for a day to build in person, live & direct with some of the best to ever do it!!

We are well aware that Cypher Adikts is not the first to do something like this, but being that one of our main goals is to preserve the essence of the dance, this was one more way for us to do it and we’re hyped to be able to share this type of experience in Los Angeles for our 4 Year Anniversary.

Knowledge is power and we know sometimes not everyone can afford to attend classes like this, so as a way to thank you for all the support throughout the years we’re making Day 2 completely FREE. You heard us right, NO COVER. So please make sure you don’t take Day 2 of our Anniversary for granted, opportunities like this don’t come often. It will be memorable to say the least.

Stay tuned for exact times schedule & location! But plan for a full day on January 18th 2015 for DAY 2 at CYPHER ADIKTS UNPLUGGED!!

 

Photo Credits:
Poe One Photo by: Ervin Arana
Roxrite Photo by: Carlos Cruz
Ken Swift Photo By: Sato/Reptilian Tank
Bboy Ivan Photo by: Ervin Arana

CYPHER ADIKTS – CHICAGO IL. x PHAZE II, 32 YR ANNIVERSARY!

WE’RE HEADED BACK TO THE WINDY CITY!!

Cypher Adikts will be returning to Chi-Town in collaboration with PHAZE II !! We’re hyped to team up once again with this legendary crew to help celebrate their 32nd Year Anniversary starting with a chill BBQ Park Jam by day and partying it up with the Adikts by night!! COME GET DOWN WITH US!!

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Presented by: Jeskilz & Music provided by: Ervin Arana
When: Friday July 4th 2014
Time: 9pm-12am
Cover: $5

Location: MIXED MOTION ART

2412 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60647

NET-Cypher-Adikts-CHICAGOCA has no boundaries when it comes to the cypher. If you’ve ever been to one of our events, you know ANYTHING can happen! Bboys, Bgirls, spontaneous Salsa showdowns, party rockers, freestylers and Poppers! It varies from City to City and each style has always come correct! This brings us to our featured Dancer for this edition of Cypher Adikts, Boogie Frantick!

Hailing from the city of Pacoima out of Los Angeles Cali, growing up Frantick used the tasteful art of poppin, miming techniques and other dances in order to avoid negative actions. From a child dancing at the age of 3, to local battles at parties & High School dances, then on to clubs & world wide competitions or performing in front of billions of viewers on the Academy Awards in 2010, Frantick has shown extreme dedication along with passion in his dance everywhere he goes. He also represents with crews such as Mighty Zulu Kings, Funny Bones Crew and involved in his communities youth organization, The GR818ers where he shares the knowledge and understanding of Hip Hop Culture. He has appeared in performances with the LXD, Subtance Over Hype and many feature films. But don’t get it twisted, he is not at all phased by the typical “Hollywood” scene. Frantick makes sure to keep true to his roots by supporting local events, community benefits, holding’ it down in local competitions and putting the smack down in the Cypher. A true West Coast Warrior and an all around CYPHER ADIKT!

Big shout out to photographer Vinnie Estrada for the ill shot of Frantick at the Cypher Adikts 3 Year Anniversary back in January.Always catching those hype moments for us! Last but not least, A big thank you to Boogie Frantick for always coming through to bless the floor at CA!

This is all going down as part of a whole week of festivities with Power Style Fest 2014, which includes events such as Who Came to Serve: the Final Stampede and the Freestyle Session Qualifier! There are so many ill events happening July 1st through the 6th so make sure to click on the link HERE to see the full line up! There’s something for everyone and you won’t want to miss out on any of the action!!

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We’ll see you soon Chi-Town!!!

In case you missed out the last time we were in town, here’s a recap of the madness that went down at the last CA Chicago. ENJOY!

Cypher Adikts 3 Year Anniversary Recap!

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There are not enough words to express how happy we were on the outcome of our 3 Year Anniversary in Los Angeles last weekend. Not only were we excited to bring back the party to where it all began, we were hyped to have added to our celebration by incorporating a second day and collaborating with some really talented people.

Kevin Rhone 10Day 1 of our celebration went down in classic Cypher Adikts style. Last year we loved the venue we obtained for the event and this year had to top it, if not equally meet everything we envisioned. A gritty Downtown LA location in an industrial area, set away from our usual venues. We were lucky enough to find the perfect spot nestled within the garment district in DTLA, so the good folks over at Think Tank Gallery let us come in to their gallery style loft and take over for the night. We kept our formula as simple as always, red lights, a good floor and slammin’ beats! We’re ready to go!


VE 40As expected, there were already people lined up outside in the hall before doors were set to open. We love seeing the hunger in people who just want to come out and get down. As soon as we opened our doors, people came in and were ready to go! As always Ervin Arana set the perfect tone for the night providing a blend of raw Hip Hop beats, Funk, Breaks and latin flavor. There was something for everyone to get hype off of. People were going off everywhere and some fun battles set off throughout the night, most notably between Killafornia/Style Elements vs Sztewite Gang from Poland, Definitely the battle of the night!

CA x Still1-11Around 11:30pm Jungle Fire hit the floor and blessed CA with yet another set in Collaboration with Ervin Arana. The two got together to create a set list of classic beats performed LIVE! There’s truly nothing like live music and the addition of JF once again helped to create an extra special flow to the party. In the end, Ervin finished the night off smoothly with some low key beats to wind it down. Day 1 was indeed a compete success with over 300 people that walked through our doors, each one of them adding to a very memorable night.

Next, it was on to Day 2 of the celebration. We wanted to do things a little differently this year with the addition of our first ever Photography & Art Show “A Portrait of Hip Hop: From the Inside Out”.

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As a whole, we’re very big on promoting education when it comes to the culture and we wanted to remind the community about the importance of recognizing other elements within our scene. Afterall, this is Hip Hop and it’s a lot bigger than Breaking. In this day we have noticed that a lot of the younger generation on the come up have forgotten this, so the purpose of Saturday was to showcase different perspectives of the culture through the talents & eyes of Photographers such as Joe Conzo, Ervin Arana & Still1 as well as expression through artists East3, Miguel Angel Godoy, Hueman & Curator for the night, Easy Roc. All who brought very unique interpretations of Hip Hop to the table.

Ervin Arana 7When it came to our Photographers, we were lucky enough to have had three different generations displaying images. Joe Conzo, who Time Magazine refers to as “The man who took Hip Hop’s Baby pictures” displayed classic and iconic images of Grandmaster Caz, Cold Crush Brothers and other notable pioneers that were responsible in shaping what we now know as Hip Hop. There was no question that Conzo’s participation would be a perfect addition to the show. His extensive Archive of images were a visual treat to our guest. We’re very grateful to have had him out to be a part of it. While Ervin Arana out of Long Beach, Ca. displayed shots of his adventures throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s, images of those who helped to shape a whole new generation of legends that include Ivan, Remind, K-Mel, Wicket and veterans such as Ken Swift, AlienNess & Mos Def just to name a few. The addition of Still1 was simple. As someone who has supported CA since the beginning, he has captured tons of images of moments throughout the first year of CA. He has also shot an entirely new group of established as well as up & coming dancers who are already leaving their mark in the scene. All beautifully captured showing style & character. This part of the show served as a time capsule spanning decades of classic moments caught on film.

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EMAJYN 13Our artists equally stole the show. East3 out of Hawaii displayed his illustrations throughout the gallery. His work will always stand out from the rest. His Unique writing style and characters capture a classic aesthetic with a modern twist within Hip Hop. Hailing from the Bay Area, Hueman’s addition to the show was of the female variety with her work “Girl Talk” which added a feminine touch to the show. A big treat for us was having Miguel Angel Godoy take the stage to paint LIVE as passers by gathered to watch him create a live portrait of the legendary Frosty Freeze. A few of his pieces were also displayed throughout the gallery and added a beautiful touch of color with his abstract & free form style. Last but certainly not least we had the pleasure of including EasyRoc as our official curator for the night, who also provided his own artifacts and artistic direction to the show, displaying countless hand drawn fliers he had designed throughout the years as well as old refurbished spray cans resurrected and repurposed into beautiful works of art. His addition to the show definitely helped to pull all artist together to create one perfect flow for the night paired along with the sounds of DJ Destroyer.

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We can’t express how important it was for us to include this show as part of our weekend. We appreciate everyone who walked through our doors that night because it really showed us that you cared beyond the dance floor or beyond any other element. We took a lot of joy in seeing younger cats faces light up when entering the room. We can see the appreciation and inspiration from you that night and we thank you. We’d like to point out the importance of opening up yourself to other forms of Art. At least 3 of our artists featured this night are perfect examples of people who have crossed over to different areas within Hip Hop, dabbling in not only Art or Photography, but also serving as accomplished and respected Bboys, DJ’s and MC’s. Truly embodying the Life Style to the fullest. We hope the younger generation can open up their minds to do the same.

To close out the weekend we hosted our official After party at the Blu Monkey in Hollywood along side new resident to the city of Los Angeles, Boston’s own DJ Lean Rock! His addition to the night contributed to the perfect ending to our 3 Year celebration and along with Ervin Arana had the party jumping all night! Thanks to everyone that came through to close out the festivities.

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Thank you’s go out to;

-The Band Jungle Fire for killing another live set! Your Collab means a lot to us!

-Our Artists & Photographers: Joe Conzo, Ervin Arana, East3, Miguel Angel Godoy, Still1, Hueman. All your work was amazing!

– Easy Roc for curating the show and helping to bring our vision to life!

– The folks at Think Tank Gallery for providing us with their amazing space. Thank you Jacob and Jordan for all your help throughout the weekend

– DJ Destroyer for setting the mood at our Art show Saturday. Your tunes added a very classy touch to the night!

– DJ Lean Rock for rocking the after Party & Wenluv for allowing us to take over the Blu Monkey for the Night.

– Our Team for the weekend; The one and only Deby Barnes for regulating the door like only you do! You definitely always come through for CA! Lady Lex, Ricky Rocany, Kippy, and Danny_Sway for sticking around and helping with set up/Break down. You guys did WORK!

– Our Documentarians of the night: Still1, Emajyn, VEPhotos, Darlene Bada, Kevin Rhone, ShizCity, Cheryl Guerrero and Jordan from Think Tank.

Last and definitely not least we’d like to thank YOU, OUR SUPPORTERS! Thank you for sharing our passion and dedication to our culture and supporting the CA Movement. It is because of you that we continue and will continue to bring our event to many different communities throughout the world. We feel the love! We read all of your comments and feedback and we appreciate all of you for taking the time to come out and party with us. Best believe CA will strive to bring you the best for years to come! THANK YOU!!

To view more pictures from the weekend make sure to stop by our gallery by clicking here!

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CA “SPREAD THE WORD” CONTEST!

We’re only 2 weeks away from our big 3 year Anniversary Celebration and we’re hyped to see who will come through to party with us! In order to make sure everyone’s aware of what’s going on, we thought of a fun way to help spread the word and also give a chance for some of our supporters to win some cool CA items!

The contest will run exclusively on IG & FB, 1 winner from each social media outlet will be selected.

Participate for your chance to win: FREE entrance to the Anniversary event + Cypher Adikts string bag + A CA T-Shirt of your choice + CA lanyard + CA Anniversary Poster + Stickers and more!!

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RULES:
1) repost this flier
2) describe what Cypher Adikts represents to you
3) hashtag #CA3YR and #cypheradikts

Make sure to tag or we won’t be able to find you!

Two winners will be announced Friday morning January 17th 2014! START SPREADING THE WORD!!

CYPHER ADIKTS 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

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It’s been 3 Years since our humble beginnings in Los Angeles, Cali. 2013 has especially been one of our busiest yet, traveling around the world and sharing the Cypher Adikts movement with different countries has been an amazing experience and we’ve been very fortunate to have been embraced by different communities around the world! We’re finally headed back home and we wouldn’t want to celebrate a milestone like this anywhere else. GET READY LOS ANGELES!

Jeskilz presents
Cypher Adikts 3 Year Anniversary
Friday January 17th & 18th, 2014

DAY 1: CYPHER ADIKTS
Music provided by Ervin Arana
Hosted by Koolski

Special Performance by
JUNGLE FIRE!!!
Making their return to the CA Stage with a BRAND NEW set to keep the party hype!

9pm-1am | $10.00 Cover (Includes a raffle ticket for next day’s art show) | All Ages
Location: Think Tank Gallery
939 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Plenty of Parking Available
(street meters free after 6pm, private lots also available)

This Year we wanted to make it twice as nice by adding a 2nd day into the mix!

DAY 2: Cypher Adikts Presents: “A PORTRAIT OFHIP HOP: FROM THE INSIDE OUT” curated by Easy Roc
Saturday January 18th 2014

A collaborative photo and artwork exhibition between amazing talented artists: JOE CONZO | ERVIN ARANA | EASY ROC | EAST3 | STILL ONE | MIGUEL ANGEL GODOY | HUEMAN

Nowadays our culture tends to separate the different elements of Hip Hop making it harder for young heads to embrace them all. For our 3 year anniversary we thought it would be a great opportunity to gather, build and share our love for Hip Hop beyond the dance floor through this art show. The meet and greet with the artists will offer an inside out perspective of their unique approach to the culture. You will also be able to witness live art and get a chance to win some of the pieces featured in the show by entering the raffle.

Time: 6PM-9PM | FREE
Location: Think Tank Gallery
939 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015

AFTER PARTY AT THE BLU MONKEY LOUNGE
5521 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
9PM-2AM | FREE
DJ’s Ervin Arana & Lean Rock providing the tunes

It’s going to be an action packed 2 days with the Adikts!! So make those plans to come out to party with us and celebrate 3 Years of Freshness!!

Visit and RSVP to the official FB Event page by clicking here! and take a look at this quick recap from last years anniversary put together by our friends over at Strife.TV

Cypher Adikts x FSC20 Recap

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Over a week ago we traveled over to Phoenix Arizona to collaborate with the infamous Furious Styles Crew as they celebrated 20 Years of involvement within Hip Hop Culture. FSC is one of the most notorious crews in Arizona with members extending across the US and overseas. This family runs deep and we were more than hyped to be apart of the weekend commemorating their milestone achievement!

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With FSC, its not just a weekend affair. They kick things off early in the week with workshops, panels and even a pre party at AZ’s legendary Blunt Club with none other than Z-TRIP (also an FSC member)! However, the main events started on Friday and this time Cypher Adikts was there to set off the weekend correct at Cyphers: The Center for Urban Arts. With the wonderful help of Skooby and House we transformed a section of the space into the classic CA layout. Local Bboys & Bgirls, as well as out of towners all came through to support and in no time got CA crackin’ in Phoenix!

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There were a lot of great circles going off all night, a couple that stand out would have to be the one near the booth with Remind (SEC). This cypher wasn’t just on some Bboy/Bgirl business, folks were going off straight party rocking and having fun. You couldn’t help but feel nice just witnessing the energy in that Cypher. Another one had to be with Bboy House. Not only was this FSC20 weekend, it also happened to be FSC president Bboy House’s Birthday! So Another great moment came at the end of the night when fellow FSC members presented House with a custom FSC Denim Jacket, followed by rounds for the Bday Boy. Everyone took part in that circle wishing him the best and let us tell you THE MAN IS A BEAST, responding to everyone’s rounds like a champ! They say Hip Hop is the fountain of youth, House is definitely a great example of that, coming out with some insane energy. HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOUSE! Hope you enjoyed the weekend as much as we did.CAPHX42

Saturday was the official prelim day to kick off the battles for FSC20. Categories included 2v2 All Styles, Locking 7toSmoke, House Battles, Rocking Battles hosted by RobNasty, Footwork Battles and Alien Ness’ concept battle; Color Warz. A crew on crew Bboy battle in which members of the losing team would have to remove their shirts and hand them over to the winning team after each battle was over. This category was definitely pretty dope to watch. Crews from Cali, Chicago, New Mexico, Arizona and more all came through to rep and rock to defend their colors. There was definitely no holding back when it came to any of these prelims as competitors fought to ensure they locked down their spot in the Top16 on Day two. In the end, the winners were…

Open Styles: Joe Styles & 4Real

Footwork: Crissy B (Rock So Fresh)

Rocking: Suer (Time to Rock)

House: X (Jukebox)

Popping: Team Panic (Johnny 5 & D.O.C.)

Locking 7 to smoke: Joe Styles (A-Team)

And Color Warz winner: Dynasty Descendants took home the W… along with everyones shirts!

The weekend was a success! From the pre-parties, to Cypher Adikts, to the FSC main event and then the after parties, everything made up for a good time in Arizona! Big ups to the entire Furious Styles Family for putting on another successful event and for 20 years of contribution to the community. Big shout out to Skooby and House for the support in making Cypher Adikts happen in AZ. We’re honored to have been apart of your weekend. Happy Anniversary and we wish you many more to come.

Furious Styles is deeply involved with their local scene. We highly encourage everyone and anyone to get involved in helping Cyphers: The Center for Urban Arts, stay up an running in order to further benefit their community. They celebrate 2 YEARS in January and will be doing a special fundraising event. Click here for more info on how you can help #SaveCyphers

Visit our Photo Gallery to view more shots from CA Phoenix and Check out footage from the Final Battle for Color Warz between Dynasty Descendants vs. Killa Style Elements

Outbreak 10 Year Anniversary: A lasting Impression

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This past weekend the Cypher Adikts team and fam traveled to Orlando, Florida in support of The Bboy Spot’s 10 year Anniversary for Outbreak USA. It was a bitter sweet celebration as this also served as the final Chapter for one of the USA’s most talked about events. Outbreak, has indeed come to an end and it went out with a bang.

Day one started off just right with a pool party at the Avanti Resort were most of the out of town guest stayed. DJ’s Lean Rock and CA’s very own Ervin Arana came correct with their musical selections to get everyone movin’ in the sunshine. Sun Bathing, building, people getting thrown in the pool, it was all good times and the perfect way to ease on into an action packed weekend.

Once the pool party came to an end it was onto The Bboy Spot as Florida’s very own Fusik took the stage to set the tone as they played live to a packed house. Everywhere we looked there were cyphers galore filled with dancers going off! Fusik definitely tore that night up! Moving into Day two they started off with workshops featuring instructors Focus (FlowMo) El Nino (Floor Lords) and Lego who also served as the Judges. People definitely took advantage of learning from these three, the workshops were packed!

Once the workshops were over, Day 2 came into full swing! People came through ready and hungry for the prelim rounds of Footwork, 2v2 and Bgirl categories. There were over 160 crews from all over the world that entered, we can’t even begin to imagine how the judges narrowed it down to the top 16. All categories featured top talent on prelim day and we’re cure the task of picking was n ot an easy one. The highlight after would definitely have to be what turned out to be a full on party as Ervin Arana spun the classics in the outdoor area where artist displayed their ill and one of a kind pieces! Such a perfect setting! The weather was right and it felt like the perfect summer block party. He even had a soul train line going on at one point. Truly an ill way to end the night. It left everyone feeling good, relaxed and ready to head into Day three.

The final day was a culmination of all the hard work each crew and person put into preparing for the battles. One word to describe each one of them? HYPE! It was amazing to see talent representing all corners of the world. Japan, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Colombia and the list goes on!

Winners of Outbreak 10 - Photo by The Bboy Spot

Winners of Outbreak 10 – Photo by The Bboy Spot

In the end the victory went to Keebz of Mind 180 winning the Footwork Battle, Sweet Technique (Vicious and Fléau) out of Montreal Canada winning the 2v2, Kid Glyde of Dynamic Rockers as Cypher King and CA’s very own Jeskilz taking the W in the Bgirl battle. The excitement of every moment was truly unforgetable, especially in the end when the winners were announced and Lean Rock went into party mode to celebrate.

 

What an exceptional way for Outbreak to come to a close. Seeing familiar faces, building with
new ones and absorbing every second in celebrating 10 years of Outbreak was magic. If you missed it, we are truly sorry. Events like Outbreak are very few and far between. We can’t really think of many events where there are competitions and still more than enough uninterrupted time to get down in the cyphers. This was a real deal HIP HOP EVENT, there was something for everyone and the community came out in full force to support.

Congratulations to MexOne, Gina, SpenOne, MG & MK from the Bboy Spot Europe and the entire Bboy Spot Fam in general on a decade of history. Thank you for the memories and although Outbreak has reached it’s finale, you left a lasting mark on the culture. Cheers and wishing you all the best on your next journey.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who stopped by the Cypher Adikts booth to purchase some gear and Ervin’s mixes, it means a lot! Thank you!

Check out this video from Strife.TV featuring some of top moments during the Outbreak 10 Battles and cruise through the photo gallery below to view a few shots of all the action taken by supporters this past weekend!

Cypher Adikts x Break Free 2013

These next few months are starting to shape up nicely for the Cypher Adikts movement. We have some dates set up to collaborate with legendary events around the US and beyond. Coming up in October, we’ve once again teamed up with the good folks over at the Break Free Community Center for another installment of Cypher Adikts Houston! Happening Friday October 18th!

NET CypherAdikts TX 1st DraftPresented by Jeskilz and music provided by CA’s very own Ervin Arana bringing you the illest beats to set you off!

Entry: $5

Location: Break Free Community Center

9191 Winkler Dr. Suite G.

Houston, TX. 77017

The action doesn’t stop there! The next day following CA will be the 5th annual Break Free! One of the freshest Jams in the SOUTH, is back! Every year, Break Free gets better and better, but this one is promised to be the best yet! It’s their 5 Year Anniversary and they’re ready to bring some FIRE to HTOWN! This is one of Texas premier Hip Hop events featuring a 2v2 Bboy/Bgirl battle. New Blood battle, Tag team graff battles and a special invitational 7toSmoke Bboy battle featuring some of the most legendary names in the game!! Marlon, Ruen, Lil’ John, Roxrite… need we say more?

1175390_209312912568862_796554999_nPresented by Culturas Unidas, Music provided by Lean Rock, B-Ryan and DJ Fleg and your Judges for the night; Omar (MZK), Remind (SEC) and one more TBA.

Saturday October 19th – Break Free Prelims

Sunday October 20th – Break Free Finals & 7tosmoke

Entry: $15

Location: “THE WAREHOUSE” 8002 ENDOR ST Houston, TX 77012

Time: 3pm – 10pm

If this is anything like last years you won’t want to miss it. Don’t regret it later, you still have time to get your plans in order! Make sure to visit the event pages for each day to get all the latest updates on these two monster events!

Cypher Adikts – Friday October 18th 2013

Break Free 5 – October 19th-20th

1150391_10151800715336676_750787818_nIf anyone is attending the 10 Year Anniversary of Outbreak in Orlando, Florida the weekend before and wants to attend CA & Break Free, have no fear! The folks over at the Bboy spot have your bases covered! They’ve organized a travel bus to drive from Orlando FL to Houston TX for all out of state and out of the country bboys/bgirls! But hurry, Spaces are limited. Many spots have already been spoken for so get on it and email info@thebboyspot.com or click HERE for full info.

 

 

Looking forward to getting down with our Texas people and everyone coming out to support from different cities and countries! Lets make sure to top last years! TX REPRESENT!