The Red Bull BC One is the biggest one-on-one B-boy competition on the planet with dancers from United States to Japan battling it out in the hope of becoming champion. Each year these competitors bring a new bag of tricks and continue to innovate within the circuit. For the 2017 edition, the challenge was to innovate beyond the stage, creating a soundtrack that both paid homage to an underground subculture that’s existed since the 1970s while introducing the scene to new audiences. To fulfill this, Red Bull brought in world-renowned Dutch streetwear brand Patta, who have long-established roots in hip-hop.
They invited Los Angeles pioneering rap architect Alchemist, and Montreal modern day electronic vanguardist Lunice, to team up on an original score for the 2017 Red Bull BC One World Finals. Both producers are no strangers to B-boy culture; the Red Bull Music Academy alumnus (and one half of TNGHT with Hudson Mohawke) got his start doing graffiti and dancing competitively for a local crew, while the veteran beatmaker (best known for his work with Mobb Deep, Nas, Eminem, Action Bronson, and many more) was nicknamed “Crooked Robo Cop” in the 90s because of his aggressive floor moves. Despite the two having never collaborated before, they were mutual fans of each other’s music, and with creative involvement from Patta (including Patta Soundsystem DJ Vic Crezée) set out to create a project that would build a bridge between hip-hop and breakdancing enthusiasts past and present.