Beware of the Jabbawockeez my friends, the B-boys that rip, the freestylers that rock, Friend or foes, nobody knows these anomalies of hip hop. Beware of the beats that make them move their mesmerizing mysterious groove, boom boom kat, boom kat and just like that. vanished.
The Jabbawockeez crew, established in 2003 was the result of a group of friends who wanted to showcase freestyle dance. It was a time when the "garage crew" no longer existed. The hip hop scene was flooded with "dance troupes" that seemed to "clone" dancers. There was no balance between, "dancing to music" and "dancing as artistic expression". Thus the birth of the Jabbawockeez crew.
Each member came from different backgrounds both in dance and in life and offers to the collective, a variety of styles and perspectives. The idea of the Jabbawockee is the brainchild of Joseph Larot, Kevin Brewer and Phil Tayag also known as 3 Musky but the crew consisted of 5 other members who collaborated and created the "style" of the Jabbawockeez. The 8 original members are : Randy Bernal, Kevin Brewer, Ryan Ellis, Chris Gatdula, Gary Kendell, Joseph Larot, Rainen Paguio and Phil Tayag. Through the course of the last 5 years the members of the Jabbawockeez have shifted in number to a current total of 11 members. The added 4 members are: Ben Chung, Eddie Gutierrez, Saso Jimenez and Phi Nguyen.
Initially, the Jabbawockeez made appearances at local showcases and club events in San Diego and Los Angeles. Their impact on the hip hop community has awarded them worldwide recognition. Some pioneers of hip hop such as Poppin' Pete, Mr. Wiggles and Crazy Legs to name a few, have offered their support of the Jabbawockeez crew. It is the mission of the Jabbawockeez to "inspire the world through music and dance" and gaining recognition from these pioneers is extremely important to the members and they feel blessed and honored to continue to carry the legacy of hip hop for the next generation to follow.
TONS OF A-LIST TALENT SET TO PERFORM AND PRESENT AT
"THE HOTTEST TICKET ON TELEVISION" -- "BET AWARDS '08"
Performers Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Keyshia Cole, Marvin Sapp, Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Lil
Wayne, Nelly, Usher and Young Jeezy Join
Presenters Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, Gabrielle
Union, Mary Mary, Lauren London and Kevin Hart
For "BET AWARDS '08"
Jill Scott Confirmed to Perform Tribute to Lifetime Achievement Recipient Al Green
Hosted By D.L. Hughley, "BET AWARDS '08" Premieres Tuesday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m.*
NEW YORK — June 24, 2008 — Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Keyshia Cole, Usher, Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys, Chris Brown,
Kanye West, Nelly, Marvin Sapp, and Young Jeezy are all on board to perform at BET AWARDS '08. In
addition, LL Cool J, Samuel L. Jackson, Ice Cube, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Gabrielle Union, Mary
Mary, Lauren London and Kevin Hart will be on hand as presenters, and Jill Scott will perform a special tribute
to legendary R&B icon Al Green, who is receiving BET's Lifetime Achievement Award. Quincy Jones,
celebrated producer/arranger/composer, is also being honored this year with BET's prestigious Humanitarian
Award for his outreach to young African-Americans through the Listen Up Foundation. Hosted by actor and
comedian D.L. Hughley, BET AWARDS '08 premieres live from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on Tuesday,
June 24 at 8:00 p.m.*
Tagged as "the hottest ticket on television," BET AWARDS '08 brings together the biggest stars in music, sports
and entertainment for an electrifying evening. For the past seven years, the BET AWARDS has boasted
unforgettable moments such as Michael Jackson's surprise appearance during James Brown's tribute; Rick James
in his final duet with Teena Marie; Will Smith presenting Muhammad Ali with the first-ever Humanitarian
Award; Prince onstage backing Chaka Khan; Stevie Wonder, Yolanda Adams and India Arie in a powerhouse
tribute to Rufus' first lady of funk; Destiny's Child's steamy lap dance; the reunion of one of hip hop's most
beloved trios, The Fugees; and last year's touching opening performance with Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer
BET has once again teamed up with Cossette Productions, the famed producers of the GRAMMY Awards® and
the seven record-setting BET AWARDS shows, to handle production of the telecast. Stephen Hill, BET
Executive Vice President, Music and Programming, along with Lynne Harris-Taylor, BET Vice President of
Specials, will executive produce the telecast.
BET AWARDS '08 will be sponsored by Dodge, Pepsi, Verizon Wireless, General Motors, P&G, Target, CIROC
Vodka and Ford.
A BlackTree Media Production
Produced by Jamaal Finkley
Camera George Turner, Jr
Talent Tashia Anderson