While the term hip hop conjures up images of the popular rap style from inner-city New York, the genre actually encompasses three other elements of urban entertainment. DJing, break dancing and graffiti also make up the street culture that has had a widespread influence on popular music and youth lifestyle since the Seventies.
Tomorrow (Saturday) evening from 6:30 p.m., the Red Bull Street Elements Competition provides an opportunity to celebrate the impact of hip hop on popular culture in this country. Young artists will compete in one of four tournaments - each representing one area of the genre - to determine the most promising new talent on the Israeli scene.
Rap contestants will have one minute to demolish their opponent in an intense, one-on-one freestyle battle, with the winner of each round going on to face another challenger. Judges for this section include hip-hop kings Subliminal and producer Nimrod Douek. The break dancing and DJing contests will adopt similar formats.
Contenders have a limited time to enthrall audiences with their dynamic moves or innovative mixes while being graded by the likes of DJ/producer Uri Schochet and Yarik of the Lions of Zion break dancing group (champions of the 2001 competition).
Participants in the graffiti event, each of whom will be randomly assigned a limited selection of spray paints, have four hours to complete their entries. Their work will be judged by Dov Ben Shushan of the Serial Kolors graffiti studio.
The winners of each section will be awarded equipment, materials and vouchers relating to their skill.
The tournaments will be interspersed with performances by an array of hip hop circuit regulars. Competitors and spectators alike can get down to the beats of Cohen@Moshen, Little Jonny, Aksom and more.
Hadar House Parking Lot, Tel Aviv, info: www.redbull.co.il