ATL Hip Hop History – The Yeek Culture
Forget break dancing and all that other nonsense.
There is still one area that ATL is known for – that’s right – YEEK!
I don’t need to go interview anybody or ask for other opinions because I was there.I was there when it began.
This is known as The Founders Era.
Many people from ATL will recognize some of these names:
- Hot Gritz, No Eggz
- Broken Arms and Crooked Legs
- FDC (Fresh Dance Crew)
- The Stray Cat Preps
- The Atlanta Dream Team
It’s hard to say how it began.
It wasn’t so much something that was made, but something that happened.
Back then, when people challenged each other, there wasn’t a word for it.
We didn’t talk about it, we didn’t question it, we didn’t overthink it.
We accepted it.
There was only three kinds of dancing back then:
That’s right, it was regular dancing to us, it’s what we grew up with.
It’s amazing, what was regular to us has become a global sensation.
Sorry, let me get back to my story.
Where was I, oh yeah, that’s right.
We accepted it and if someone wanted to talk about it, we tossed around dozens of names:
- The Prep
- The Snake
- The Freddy Kreuger
- The New York Smurf
- The Wop
Those days are long gone, but they linger in my soul.
I can still feel the tension when the DJ drops Play at your Own Risk (Planet Patrol) and you step back and do the Prep hard as you can, damn near hurting your neck, and dancing so hard that you feel like you’re about to throw your back out!
As you get deeper into the dance, something strange happens.
No one makes any gestures, they huddle around you like an electrical fence shooting you with thousands of voltage, and then you hear their battle cry.
And from behind you, you hear females screaming in unison, “Do him Gwell!!!!!”
That’s what I remember and that’s what I know to be true.
And to honor that regal time in our past, I have an infographic detailing the beauty of this time.
With no further ado, I present to you, a history of YEEK Culture.