It’s B-Boy Week on The Spiders Lair, Where Chaos Resides.
This week THE RAT is talking all about different B-boy related, hip-hop elements. Specifically I tackle the conundrum of which is more fulfilling b-boy expression break dancing and pop locking or rapping and DJ’ing?
On Five for Five I talk about the five B boy tracks I like breaking to and the five I am tired of hearing.
There isn’t a What’s Streaming this week so I apologize for that, just no time and nothing worth mentioning, especially thematically.
What does it mean to be a B-Boy? Well simply put the term means break dancer. It also means someone who is an active member of the hip-hop community. In a general sense when using the term bboy or b-boy the meaning refers to the entirely of hip-hop culture not just dancing.
I grew up in the hip-hop community as a big fan of the culture. I wrote rap lyrics and recorded rap tracks. I was a DJ and turntablist who produced tracks for myself and others. I was also an avid breaker and pop locker. I preferred popping and locking to getting down on the ground, but I could bust out a worm 6-step then backspin combo if I was properly motivated.
What drew me into the hip-hop culture was plain and simple the people. As someone who was shunned quite often as being too much of a nerd, I wasn’t even that smart, I figured out the b-boys and b-girls didn’t seem to care. As a group they were largely all inclusive. Sure we were broken into crews or sets but the truth is we had a ton of mutual respect for each other, even our chief rivals.
Hey friends of the internet, horror fans, religious folks and those with a superstitious bone, guess what today is? That’s right the official start of Supernatural Week on The Spiders Lair, Where Chaos Resides. This week all content will have a supernatural slant or focus.
Here is a brief examination of what you can look forward to. Before I begin let me preface this with a little background on The Spiders Lair and THE RAT, the man behind the myth.
Regardless of superstitious beliefs, religious affiliation or just a general appreciation for the art of the supernatural, The Spiders Lair has always had a strong interest in the supernatural, especially from a Judeo-Christian perspective with Gothic European interests. That being said, it’s been a contentious topics for people for centuries.
As always the week starts off with The Dark Web Podcast, typically released on Sunday. This week’s episode will focus on some revelations in the internet steaming world.
I have been raised primarily in a Christian home. We began going to church when I was 12 years old. At that time my dad had his conversion experience where he began the path of becoming a deacon, my mom was a Sunday school teacher.
Before that time, I dabbled in what could be called Wicca by some, paganism by others, Occultic or Satanic witchcraft by others. The truth is, I had a fascination with the occult; magic, ghosts, vampires and the like from a very early age. There was a time I was drawn to Dungeons and Dragons as a result of that fascination. I have since learned the appreciate the medieval influence on much of modern mythology, popular culture and entertainment. As such, I continue to find films with a spiritual focus, especially those with imagery and ties to the Christian faith, be it Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant. I try to keep my own views intact while accepting what is presented in said films or works of art.
Some of my favorite books with a supernatural slant include A Doll in the Garden, Pet Semetary, The Amityville Horror and The Grimm Fairy Tales. I have always been interested in any story with a fantasy element to it.
Some of my favorite movies of all time, regardless of genre, feature supernatural elements. My top five favorite movies of all time, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Gremlins and Back to the Future, four of the five have a largely supernatural component. Technically speaking Gremlins is more ambiguous on the origin of the goblins running amok, however there is no scientific explanation for why eating arbitrarily after midnight would transform the cute, fury little critters into viscous monster of mischief and malice.
There are plenty of supernatural videos coming this week on The Spiders Lair.
First up, as always, is Five for Five. Part one will be Five non-horror supernatural movies I like with part two being the five I dislike.
Later in the week on This or That I will be comparing two Supernatural franchises to determine which is superior. That will be Gremlins versus Ghostbusters.
Near the end of the week I will upload my What’s Streaming video where I mention a host of videos I watched this past week or videos I recommend based on what’s playing on the streaming services, namely YouTube and a few others.
At the end of the week I will upload my weekly vlog where I talk about about current news on the channel, the blog, podcast or headlines.
The channel is growing so I want to try to remember to keep the momentum going with updates once a week here on the blog where I can keep everything organized. Be sure to check out the channel by going to YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiXfhrcvFENPqY6wQSKkoMw
Find The Dark Web Podcast by going to http://www.thespiderslair.podbean.com
I published my new episode S2E3 Machinima dead? Ghostbusters 3 happening? Unsolved Mysteries and more!, please check it out
This is the end of Rebellion Week on The Spiders Lair, Where Chaos Resides.
What prompted rebellion week in the first place? Well for starters it was an event I covered for work, an Elvis Presley birthday bash at a local Harley-Davidson dealer. It was such a strange event it got me thinking about the spirit of rock n roll, teenage rebellion.
When I was a teenager my teenage rebellion was mostly me listening to music my parents hated and playing lots of Mortal Kombat video games. There were, of course, things I did in secret I hope my parents don’t find out about but that’s often the way it goes.
The non-conformist spirit remains largely at the core of everything I do. I have always believed in being true to yourself. Sometimes, to my detriment, I take it too far and become a contrarian for the sake of being different, but the point stands I don’t want to be a sheep. Well, except in the religious context because Christians are supposed to be sheep but that’s a different allegory altogether.
When asked I often tell people my favorite movie of all time is Star Wars. It depends on who I am addressing if I tell them this answer or the real one which is in fact A Nightmare On Elm Street. Since there are caveats and explaining the appeal of Freddy Krueger without sounding, weird, is difficult. Yet Star Wars went from being a thing only loners and nerds like myself was into before it passed into the mainstream. It’s gone far beyond cult status and become the de facto pop culture example. Still, the Rebel Alliance always resonated with me even as a kid. I thought it would be great to live on the fringe of society and fight for a cause of freedom. Then around the fifth grade I began learning about the American Revolution, or the rebellion of the colonies, depending on who you ask.
The idea that we, Americans, were in a similar position to the Rebel Alliance made me not only appreciate Star Wars even more, but helped foster a deep patriotism that remains largely alive to this day. As time has passed, however, I began to identify more with the Empire in the films as my appreciation for Rule of Law settled in. I digress, nobody wants to read about that. You want to know more about the art of being a rebel right?
In many ways I was far from a rebel. I read books, did my homework to the best of my ability and attended church services regularly. For the most part I was a firm believer in following the rules, so long as the didn’t interfere with me living my life the way I wanted. I am, however, firmly able to assure you I spent a great deal of time being disciplined. I lived in after-school detention and ISS (In School Suspension) and was often fighting back against the bullies, the teachers and the authority figures who were interfering with my overwhelming desire to be left alone. In those respects, you could say I was somewhat of a rebel.
For me rebellion is like an art form. You have to find the right way to express yourself. Most of us find some way to rebel in our movies. This is how we spend a great deal of our time, either alone or socializing. I often enjoy movies as a solo experience so for me it’s easy.
The movies I tend to favor that most others don’t would be a rather large list. I think I even did a video on it at one point in time. There are a few films, however, that really capture the heart of what it means to be a rebel.
The first is The Virgin Suicides. Telling God and society you alone are placing your life in the destiny you choose is the ultimate teenage rebellion. A film centered on a host of teenage girls struggling with the desire to take their own lives somehow resonated with me in a weird way.
Rebel Without A Cause
Of course this is the post child of rebellion. Not making a list here just picking a few movies to put into your brain to consider. I shouldn’t have to mention this one as it’s been discussed to death.
Or really any cop movie. There is always the good cop/bad cop thing going on but you do have to give credit to the actual antagonists who go out of their way to disrupt the system with their criminal activity. Lethal Weapon is one I enjoy exploring because it, too, deals with suicide but also takes on a whole life of it’s own. It shows how good, soldiers fighting the good fight can turn to criminal activity while thinking, to some extent, what they are doing is good for society.
Not the movie, the character. A vigilante is the embodiment of a rebel. He makes his own rules and throws caution to the wind. Batman has always been one of my favorite characters in popular culture, including cinema and comics, because he is the most famous rebel I know.
As far as music goes, rebelling against the social norms is all too common a theme among teenagers. For me it was actually disassociating myself with the rebel music of the time, the 90’s Grunge and Punk Rock and instead embracing the pop music and overly commercialized hip-hop they were often rebelling against. I rebelled, against rebelling in a sense. Ben Kenobi once said it’s all dependent on your point of view.
But I did have a few rebel bands I enjoyed listening too. Garbage and Marilyn Manson were among the two most popular. I also really enjoyed The Beastie Boys, Cake, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Those were the artists I put the most time into enjoying and in some cases mimicking.
For me rebelling is something we all do in our own way. Fighting the power means something different to everyone. To some it’s resisting the temptation to give into the desires of the world and rebelling against sin. For others its rebelling against the Laws of God and embracing the desires of the world. For me it’s all about living my life my way. Being true to myself while finding my own way to conform to those ideals I deem worthy of my commitment and respect.