I had never heard of this particular dance genre though given that I am a totally unhip geezer buried on Chicago’s far north side, that is hardly a surprise. So this short documentary from 2013 by German filmmaker Steve Won was my introduction to the genre. As an introduction, it serves quite well though I was left feeling like maybe I was missing something… or maybe not. It was a feeling similar to that I sometimes get reading work translated from another language. Judge for yourself:
“Krump is a freestyle dance form popularized 2001 in the streets of South Central, Los Angeles (USA), that is characterized by free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic movement.
“The youths who originated krumping, ‘Tight Eyez’ and ‘Big Mijo’, saw the dance as a way for them to escape gang life and to release anger, aggression and frustration in a positive, non-violent way. This was an opposition to street violence, which was prevalent due to violent gangster activities.
“With the cinema documentary ‘RIZE’ (2006) by the Hollywood Director David LaChapelle, Krump has spread all around the world.”