Breakin, Peanut Butter Wolf and Egyptian Lover at The Regent DTLA

Breakin, Peanut Butter Wolf and Egyptian Lover at The Regent DTLA

  • May 07, 2015

Breakin’ w/ Peanut Butter Wolf and Egyptian Lover at The Regent, downtown Los Angeles. This is a double feature cinema/music series curated by film director Steve Hanft at The Regent Theater DTLA. On Sunday, May 17th, Steve presents Breakin’ followed by an old school funk & hip hop audio/video performance by Stones Throw Records founder Peanut Butter Wolf. Joining Wolf on stage are west coast pioneers, Egyptian Lover, Chris “The Glove” Taylor, and Boogaloo Shrimp (the latter two which starred in the film).

Released in 1984, Breakin’ was a celebration of Los Angeles hip hop. The fashions were black and red with leather and spikes. The music was uptempo and electronic, relying heavily on drum machines and synths. The film was Ice T’s debut and was also a showcase for the west coast style of pop locking, which differed from the east coast breakdancing. Arguably, much of it’s worldwide success centered around the dancing of co-stars Boogaloo Shrimp and Shabba Doo.

PB Wolf has made a career out of DJing since the 90’s, the decade he started Stones Throw. A documentary film on him entitled Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton is currently screening on Netflix, but with this particular performance, he celebrates one of the first films to teach him about hip hop with a 60 minute audio/video set focused on the electro funk and rap of 1984, which ironically was the year he got his first DJ mixer and turntables for his 14th birthday.

In 1984, Egyptian Lover was arguably one of LA hip hop’s biggest and baddest DJs, thanks to his involvement in the legendary club Radiotron which Breakin’ was centered around, as well as his gold selling 12” single “Egypt Egypt” which was a hit on KDAY that same year. Called by many “The King of the 808 (drum machine)”, Egyptian Lover has since enjoyed a career as world renowned DJ, MC, and beat maker and a founder of west coast hip hop. 

Chris “The Glove” Taylor, Ice T’s DJ in Breakin’, is one of the west coast pioneers of DJing. His trademark spiked glove turned heads at the time and his records “Breakmixer” and “Scratch Dance” set the cut & paste template that many DJ’s like Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow would eventually follow. His song “Reckless” with Ice T from the film was the first west coast hit rap record and from that, he went on to work with Dr Dre on The Chronic and Doggystyle albums. This show will mark a RARE special DJ appearance for “The Glove”. 

Boogaloo Shrimp was first discovered by Lionel Ritchie at the age of 14 and later appeared in the All Night Long music video. He was Michael Jackson's personal dance instructor from 1983 to 1991, hired to teach him street dance.  He is known as the world’s most famous pop locker, mainly due to the “broom scene” in Breakin” and is the first hip hop entertainer invited to the White House.