Last week the girls from the 2crew4u from Hoofddorp, North-Holland won the Hiphop World Championship 2017 in Copenhagen.
In an interview with two girls of this group of 11-12 year olds came the answers “I didn’t know what to think” and “I had to let it sink in”, both level-headed Dutch reactions. “Why is this group so good?”, asked the reporter to the coach in the video linked to this story. “The group is very disciplined and had a goal and went for it”.
Sadly, the group is breaking up. Some girls will move on to higher levels, some will stay at the same level and others will leave and do other things, not unlike their non-dancing peers. Follow the story link for a look at their performance.
As a DJ, I always end up talking about music with my hairdresser whose taste in music matches her peers: hiphop and R&B. I told her I DJ French rap and hiphop, but she said she doesn’t like music if she can’t understand the lyrics, so it has to be English or Dutch.
Since today is a holiday, here’s some Dutch hiphop with videos that you can look at if you don’t understand the lyrics.
We both agreed on one thing: many wannabees, usually boys of non-Caucasian background who make crappy raps from the one ghetto Amsterdam still has, De Bijlmer (where I actually lived when I immigrated here), should really stop and listen to the ones doing it right.
Here’s THC rooting for Amsterdam and Boef en de Gelogeerde Aap representing the province of Brabant.