Black, Puerto Rican, and West Indian Bronxites, MCing, freaking to the beat, and feeling gang tensions at a good old fashioned block party from the Bronx gang documentary 80 Blocks from Tiffany's.
The abandonment of the Bronx…
Gang life in the Bronx
Music at the time.
Disco and funk, often Latin-inflected, like the stuff on the Salsoul label, led by boogaloo pioneer Joe Bataan and a coterie of Nuyorican salsa musicians who also played on the label's disco-funk tracks.
DJ's like Kool Herc started bringing big sound systems and chattin' to jams at public parks, tennis courts, and apartment rec rooms to play this music. Abandoned buildings were another place that kids would set up clubs.
Meanwhile, a song would have a particular break. which people would clamor for.. Some break beats
Those who danced the breaks developed styles like uprock and downrock, dancing the breaks - these were the B-Boys.
One important Puerto Rican DJ was Charlie Chase (born Carlos Mandes).
Gang truce and the Bambaata dances.
Gangs reformulated themselves as competitive crews.
Some were dedicated to graffiti. Subway Montage from Wild Style, music by Grandmaster Caz
Hip hop culture starting appearing in movies and other movies, and even commercials like these, and MC's started recording original tracks. As this went on, Puerto Ricans were marginalized, in part because they were more associated with B-Boying than the previously marginal MCing, and partially because they did not appear in movies - most of the US outside New York did not really know what a Puerto Rican was. With the rise of Michael Jackson, breakdancing peaked and the Puerto Ricans were out.