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Krumping, also spelled Krumpin, is a street dance popularized in the United States that is characterized by free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic movement involving the arms, head, legs, chest, and feet.[1] The youths who started krumping saw the dance as a way for them to escape gang life[2] and "to release anger, aggression and frustration positively, in a non-violent way."[3]


  • 1 History
  • 2 Style
  • 3 Vocabulary
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


The root word "Krump" came from the lyrics of a song in the 90s.[4] It is sometimes spelled K.R.U.M.P., which is a backronym for Kingdom Radically Uplifted Mighty Praise,[3][4] presenting krumping as a faith-based artform.[5] Krumping was created by two dancers: Ceasare (pronounced CHEZ-a-ray) "Tight Eyez" Willis and Jo'Artis "Big Mijo" Ratti in South Central, Los Angeles, California during the early 2000s. [2][3][6][7]Clowning is the less aggressive predecessor to krumping and was created in 1992 by Thomas "Tommy the Clown" Johnson in Compton, CA.[1][3] In the 1990s, Johnson and his dancers, the Hip Hop Clowns, would paint their faces and perform clowning for children at birthday parties or for the general public at other functions as a form of entertainment.[8] In contrast, krumping focuses on highly energetic battles and dramatic movements[3] which Tommy describes as intense, fast-paced, and sharp.[8] CBS news has compared the intensity within krumping to what rockers experience in a mosh pit.[9] "If movement were words, krumping would be a poetry slam."[1] Krumping was not directly created by Tommy the Clown; however, krumping did grow out of clowning.[1][10][7] Ceasare Willis and Jo'Artis Ratti were both originally clown dancers for Johnson but their dancing was considered too "rugged" and "raw" for clowning so they eventually broke away and developed their own style. [2] This style is now known as krumping. Johnson eventually opened a clown dancing academy and started the Battle Zone competition at the Great Western Forum where krump crews and clown crews could come together and battle each other in front of an audience of their peers.[3][9]

Template:Quote box David LaChapelle's documentary Rize explores the clowning and krumping subculture in Los Angeles. He says of the movement: "What Nirvana was to rock-and-roll in the early '90s is what these kids are to hip-hop. It's the alternative to the bling-bling, tie-in-with-a-designer corporate hip-hop thing."[11] LaChapelle was first introduced to krump when he was directing Christina Aguilera's music video "Dirrty".[2] After deciding to make a documentary about the dance, he started by making a short film titled Krumped.[2] He screened this short at the 2004 Aspen Shortsfest and used the positive reaction from the film to gain more funding for a longer version. [2] This longer version became Rize which was screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and several other film festivals abroad.[12]

Aside from Rize, krumping has appeared in several music videos including Madonna's "Hung Up", Missy Elliott's "I'm Really Hot", The Black Eyed Peas' "Hey Mama", and Chemical Brothers "Galvanize".[8] The dance has also appeared in the movie Bring It On: All or Nothing, the television series Community, and the reality dance competitions So You Think You Can Dance and America's Best Dance Crew. Russell Ferguson, the winner of the sixth season of So You Think You Can Dance, is a krumper. The original web series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers also featured krumping in season one during the fifth episode, "The Lettermakers".


There are four primary moves in krump: jabs, arm swings, chest pops, and stomps.[6] Krumping is rarely choreographed; it is almost entirely freestyle (improvisational) and is danced most frequently in battles or sessions rather than on a stage. Krumping is different stylistically from other hip-hop dance styles such as b-boying[8] and turfing. Krumping is very aggressive and is danced upright to upbeat and fast-paced music,[3] where as b-boying is more acrobatic and is danced on the floor to break beats. The Oakland dance style turfing is a fusion of popping and mimeing that incorporates storytelling and illusion. Krumping is less precise than these and more freestyle.[3] Thematically, all these dance styles share common ground including their street origins, their freestyle nature, and the use of battling. These commonalities bring them together under the umbrella of hip-hop dance.


  • Battle: when competitors face-off in a direct dance competition where the use of arm swings and chest movements known as flares and bucks are extremely common.
  • Biter: someone who attends sessions or watches battles only to feed on others' styles. i.e. plagiarism
  • Session: when a group of krump dancers form a circle, or cipher in hip-hop context, and one-by-one go into the middle and freestyle.
  • Buck: a level of intensity that a dancer reaches when krumping; this level of intensity is shown in the form of more expressive and creative moves.
  • Labbin': when krump dancers get together to create new moves and/or adapt their style.
  • Kill Off: when a krumper performs a move that excites the crowd to the point where the battle is over and the crowd surrounds said krumper; the opponent is "killed off."Template:Citation needed
  • Jabs: Short, sharp stacato movements with the forearm or entire arm.
  • Swag: The individual style, movement and character of a particular krump dancer.


  1. Paggett, Taisha (July 2004). "Getting krumped: the changing race of hip hop". Dance Magazine. BNET. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  2. Jones, Jen (September 1, 2005). "Behind the Scenes of David LaChapelle's Documentary "Rize"". Dance Spirit. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  3."Krumping". Retrieved 2009-10-30.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "basement" defined multiple times with different content
  4. 4.04.1 Mandalit Del Barco (June 27, 2005). "'Rize': Dancing Above L.A.'s Mean Streets". (NPR). Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  5. ↑ William Booth (June 25, 2005). "The Exuberant Warrior Kings of 'Krumping'". (The Washington Post). Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  6. 6.06.1 Shiri Nassim (producer). (2005). The Heart of Krump. [DVD]. Los Angeles: Ardustry Home Entertainment, Krump Kings Inc. 
  7. 7.07.1 Voynar, Kim (July 12, 2005). "News Releases: Rize". (Weblogs Network). Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  8. Reld, Shaheem; Bella, Mark (April 23, 2004). "Krumping: If You Look Like Bozo Having Spasms, You're Doing It Right". MTV. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  9. 9.09.1 Menzie, Nicola (June 30, 2005). "'Krump' Dances Into Mainstream". CBS News. http://www.cbsnews. com/stories/2005/06/28/entertainment/main704843.shtml. Retrieved 2011-08-14.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "CBS" defined multiple times with different content
  10. ↑ Thompson, Luke (June 22, 2005). "Dance, Dance, Revolution". East Bay Express. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  11. ↑ Swart, Sharon (2004-01-13). "David LaChapelle: Sundance short take". Variety. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  12. ↑ "Release dates for Rize". Retrieved 2009-08-14. 

External links[]

  • Origins of KRUMP by Tight Eyez & Big Mijo on YouTube
  • Krumping in Rize on YouTube

What is Krumping? (with pictures)



Fact Checked

Krumping is a relatively new street dance form born in the streets of South Central Los Angeles. In an area known for heavy gang crime, dancing is offered as an alternative means of expression to violence, and often is heavily based in faith and spirituality. Krump is an acronym created by its founders, for Kingdom Radically Uplifted Mighty Praise.

The origin of krumping is a meld of several different dance forms popular in the LA area. In addition to standard hip-hop and break dancing moves, much of the influence for krumping comes from another unique Los Angeles dance form called clowning, pioneered by dancer Tommy the Clown. The style is typically described as having extremely aggressive movements, used as expressions of extreme frustration and powerful emotion.

The dance style as it is today was founded around 2000 or 2001, by several prominent dancers including Li’l C, Tight Eyez, Big Mijo, Slayer, and Hurricane. They began holding dance battles between students of the different originators. Groups began to form around particular teachers, creating families or “fams.” Many members of fams would take names similar to their leaders, some indicating the degree to which they had mastered the style or the amount of battles won.

Krumping is usually performed to music with a prominent rhythm or beat. The music can be fast or slow, and most pieces contain sections of slow and fast movement to match the rhythms. Many involved with the dance style are also musicians or djs, and some dancers will even make their own music to match their style or signature moves.

Movement in the form is meant to be guided by emotional and spiritual inspiration. Typical moves include arm swings, some elements of popping or locking of the body, and suspended movements. Precise steps are contrasted with wild sections of freestyle that appear similar to African tribal dance. Movement is concentrated in the feet, arms and shoulders rather than through the core of the body.

One common slang term associated with krumping is “buck,” which means hitting your moves hard or doing the moves really aggressively. It is a compliment to tell a dancer they are buck or their style is buck. One of the founders, Tight Eyez, suggests that being aggressive is the first level of the dance, with greater exhilaration and skill being found when krumping is filled with emotion and spirituality.

For a style born at the beginning of the 21st century, krumping has gained tremendous worldwide attention. It has become popular throughout Europe and Japan, and krump routines have been featured in several films. On the popular competition show, So You Think You Can Dance? krump routines are choreographed by founder L’il C, and are usually very well received by the judges and the audience. Krumping has emerged as a unique and powerful new force in the world of dance.

With a B.A. in theater from UCLA and a graduate degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, Jessica is passionate about drama and film. She has many other interests, and enjoys learning and writing about a wide range of topics in her role as a MusicalExpert writer.

Jessica Ellis

With a B.A. in theater from UCLA and a graduate degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, Jessica is passionate about drama and film. She has many other interests, and enjoys learning and writing about a wide range of topics in her role as a MusicalExpert writer.

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