"In Winnipeg, Originality Above All"
By: Dela Awuyah
From the streets of Brooklyn, to the back lanes of Winterpeg, the cultural phenomenon of hip hop continues to pave the way for expression. While the process of writing and creating raps continues to inspire a visible majority, in the depths of obscurity, bboying found its' way into the cold north in the 70's. Canadian Floor Masters, gaining notoriety, along with bringing forth their representation of style, set the tone for a country; and while others would have found their paths in Montreal, or Vancouver, in Winnipeg, the state of bboying was fragile.
Mostly a pastime thing, there were only so many crews, however a certain'rawness' turned kids into fiends for their fix of the beat. Passion converted into painfulfreezes or high-risk spinning techniques found their way into the city, and ever since,the scene has produced breakers like nowhere else. Of these, Bboy Boobjester, or Bob Veruela, is one of many. Inspired by his OG's, this journey began in '94. With youth and pride on their sides, inter-school beef was the name of the game. More specifically, crew battles which allowed young breakers to represent their respective schools. A conduit for their competitive spirits, breaking became more of a way of life than a hobby. And as Mischief Crew faded into history, then came a whole new wave of breakers. From Trick Kids to Quick Beats, a number of crews went in and out, but among them some remained consistent.
From lessons to wild stories, through remaining alive in the bboy culture, and extending his being outside of the city, Boobjester has deservingly garnered global respect for what he's done for his scene. Dedication and patience, paired with sheer love for the art have taken him from far to near. Here's your glimpse of the story of Bboy Boobjester.