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Music Events (more headlines) 11-30-2013

Hong 10 Crowned Red Bull BC One World Champion At Historic 10th Anniversary World Final

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Red Bull BC One named a new World Champion as Hong 10 battled an unprecedented line-up of breaking's elite to triumph in the final round of competition. A local B-Boy, and Red Bull BC One All Star, Hong 10 delighted the home crowd by winning on his turf, drawing level with Lilou as the most crowned competitor in the tournament's history.

Hong 10 had this to say of his historic win: "I can't explain how happy and shocked I am that I won, especially this 10thanniversary year. To be level with Lilou is amazing; I have a lot of respect for him and can proudly say that I'm also a two-time Red Bull BC One champion."

His landmark victory capped the perfect end to the exceptional 10th Anniversary celebrations, and cemented South Korea's reputation as a dynamic and vibrant hub of Hip Hop culture.

Over five thousand fans converged on the South Korean capital to celebrate a decade of breaking and its global influence at a stand-out event that combined all the key elements of Hip Hop - dance, music, style and art.

With DJ Lean Rock (USA) on the decks, the hotly-anticipated final battle saw Hong 10 (South Korea) and Mounir (France) put their contrasting styles to the test. After three epic rounds Hong 10 took the win with an incredible display of signature moves, epic stare-downs and powerful freeze holds to a roaring crowd.

Hong 10 had to ward off fierce competition in an evening of unpredictable twists and turns, during round after round of close-fought battles. Spurred on by the partisan home support, and appropriately dubbed "the come-back kid" by commentator DJ Renegade, he beat out Menno (Netherlands) and Lil Zoo (Morocco) in earlier rounds to take him into the final battle against 2012 champion Mounir.

The most talked, and tweeted, battle of the night saw Wild Card Taisuke (Japan) challenge former champion, Lilou (France) to produce an electric, three-round clash full of attitude that had the 5000 strong crowd on the edge of their seats. The judge's decision saw Lilou carry on through to the next round, much to the vocal disappointment of Taisuke's fans.

After hard deliberation, judges El Niņo (USA), Lamine (France), Poe One (USA), Storm (Germany) and Ducky (South Korea), looking for the perfect combination of technique, rhythm and style that marks true breaking greatness, were divided in selecting Hong 10 as the winner.

French Judge Lamine said of their decision: "I voted for Mounir in the final, but I can understand why Hong 10 won, his fierce determination was both clear and consistent throughout each battle. I also think going second was a clever, and successful, strategy."

Commenting about the 10th Anniversary Lamine said: "For me the Red Bull BC One is turning a new page, I hope tonight will inspire a new generation of B-Boys that will see the competition continue to grow and succeed in years to come."

The evening's entertainment also saw unforgettable performances from legendary Korean Hip Hop group Drunken Tiger, featuring LA rapper Rakaa, and experimental beatboxing-and-dancing duo, KRNFX & Mike Song.

Celebrating all visual things breaking and Hip Hop, former B-Boys turned artists, Hip Hop pioneer and Rock Steady Crew member Doze Green, and former B-Boy turned international acclaimed artist Rostarr exhibited their highly regarded work, while influential modern artists Cool Rain, Juan Doe, Taku Obata, and Jaycy also showcased designs.

Following the World Final, Hong 10 and his fellow-competitors let loose at an exclusive after party that saw the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff on the decks, alongside performances by KRNFX, DJ Pumpkin and Drunken Tiger, as the B-Boy scene came together to celebrate a glorious decade in the history of this continually thriving culture.

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