Breaks, Battles, and Beefs: 20 Years of Memories from the Furious Styles Crew

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The Furious Seven:

House: There were maybe like seven people [in Furious Styles]. There were other crews that were really, really big, but we stayed really small. But that kept us very tight. We had a really good run with those seven members -- Miracles, Define, Citrus, Ricky Rocany, me, Odin, and Sweesh. We were rocking the whole "Furious Seven" thing at the time.

That was probably the strongest run Furious Styles ever had. We were super tight, really organized, and really hungry at the time. Everybody was stepping up their game because they had to. It was just really fun all the time. We were with each other all the time as much as possible, in and out of practice. Just a bunch of brothers and sisters.

Miracles: Those years are what really pushed all of us to get better, because at the time there was maybe four or five other members that dropped out because of a disagreement. We had a good run, but a couple [members] broke off and went their own way. Those guys were the heavy hitters and were the guys I looked up to, like, "Wow! These guys are nasty." So because they left, it made us have to get much better. We weren't as strong but we got stronger.

House: Going from the late '90s into the 2000s, that's when we were traveling pretty heavily. We were hitting a lot of the major events -- like the Pro-Am in Miami, we used to hit that one every year, or The B-Boy Summits, the Radiotrons, Freestyle Sessions, Rocksteady anniversaries. Those were all the big events.

Odin: At that time the crew was hungry and out to not only make a name locally but also nation wide. We started to travel to different events in California to Miami to New York. Those were the major cities at the time that had world famous events going down. We gained knoledge by meeting pioneers and respectable artists and brought it back to Arizona.

House: We were trying to make a lot more noise. We always tried to travel from the beginning, but it was really tough because anywhere we went out of state, people didn't think there was anything going on out here. They were like, "Arizona? You guys have b-boys there?" They'd look at us like we were aliens. They just surprised, maybe because b-boys weren't travelling across the country like they do now. Nobody from like random little places like Phoenix, Arizona, would make it out.

And that's one of the things that was motivating us as well. We wanted to put Arizona on the map. And we were so inspired by travelling and being able to see new styles and meet legends and pioneers in the game that we wanted to bring some of that back home to Arizona. So that's what motivated us in '96 to start doing the anniversaries.

Pickster One: I was going to Furious Styles events for years and years before I was a member. I have fond memories of all the events they had that Z-Trip was playing at a park over on Jefferson [Street]. I was there for a soundcheck and he was practicing. It was all vinyl, everything was vinyl. There was an anniversary party a long time ago at the [Lincoln] YMCA with 3 Melancholy Gypsys, which was Scarub, Murs, and Eligh back in the day. Man, that was really fun.

Dumper: They would bring in all these superstar dancers and b-boys from all over the world for the anniversary parties. It was great.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.