Michael Chambers, aka Boogaloo Shrimp, first burst onto hip-hop’s collective consciousness via the seminal German documentary Breakin’ and Enterin’. Most people, however, remember him for his role as Turbo in the 1984 b-boy classic Breakin’ and its famously maligned sequel Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo. Chambers was also featured in Lionel Richie’s video for “All Night Long” and Chaka Khan’s “I Feel for You,” and served as Michael Jackson’s personal dance instructor from 1983 to 1991.
Boogaloo Shrimp visits the Alamo City on Friday, March 2 for a dancing workshop and exhibition at La Danza Studio, 3718 Blanco Rd., Suite #6. The workshop begins at 7:30 p.m. and registration is $20, with pre-registration $10, and spectators $5. For additional info, call 393-1212. If folks are lucky they may even witness Boogaloo’s famed, Chaplin-esque, broom-dance from Breakin’.
Maybe it was the way they came on like a calculated hip-hop interpretation of barbershop-quartet music, but I never fully connected with the mid-’90s phenomenon known as Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Their 1994 debut EP, Creepin on Ah Come Up, took most heads by surprise and their follow up effort, E. 1999 Eternal, stormed the charts the following year. While the group doesn’t rank with the highest echelon of hip-hop innovators, they have managed, much like Staten Island’s Wu Tang Clan, to survive numerous side projects and solo careers.
The latest incarnation of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will be joined by rapper Rob G. on Sunday, March 4 at the Custom Car Show in Rosedale Park, 520 Dartmouth at Gen. McMullen. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and includes zoot-suit and freestyle-breakdance contests.
— M. Solis