Richard “Crazy Legs” Coln a 24-year veteran of Hip-Hop culture, is one of the original members of the Rock Steady Crew and Ghettoriginal Productions. Credits include many of the first Hip-Hop tours in the early 80′s, which set the foundation for what the culture has become. He has been featured in such films as Flashdance, Beat Street, Wild Style and Style Wars as well as various television programs, commercials for Coke, Sprite and Nike, and music videos. He participated in the Peabody Award-winning documentary “Dance in America: Everybody Dance Now” and in the Great Performances 20th Anniversary Special.
Legs won the 1991 Bessie Award for Choreography and the 1994 Hip-Hop Pioneer Award from The Source magazine. Other career highlights include starring in the Off-Broadway play Jam On the Groove, working with Savion Glover, and teaching John Leguizamo to b-boy (Break-dance) for his Tony Award-nominated play Freak. He has also choreographed music videos for Wyclef Jean (which was nominated for a MTV Award for Best Choreography) and Multi-Platinum artist Moby. Crazy Legs and some of the other members of Rock Steady Crew were the first b-boys to perform at Carnegie Hall on Jan 19, 2001 & he has toured extensively throughout the World.
When his schedule allows, he volunteers by teaching the art of b-boying and participates in several community outreach programs and workshops. It was his dance program at the Point C.D.C. for young people in the South Bronx, which garnered him the New Yorker of the Week Award from New York 1 News. Crazy Legs hosts and organizes the annual Rock Steady Anniversary, a monumental community event that honors deceased members of the crew and celebrates Hip-Hop culture both past and present. The Rock Steady Anniversary attracts DJ’s, b-boys/b-girls, em cee’s, writers and thousands of Hip-Hop supporters from all around the world. Crazy Legs’ success is a testament to the longevity of Hip-Hop culture.
This legendary native New Yorker, South Bronx to be exact, is one of Hip-Hop’s pioneering DJ’s. In 1977, he was one of the original breakdancers in the legendary ‘Rock Steady Crew’. He learned the art of djing from the ‘INVENTOR’ of Hip Hop culture, Afrika Bambaataa. Bambaataa taught him the perfect usage of four turntables simultaneously. An Accomplishment fewer prominent DJs would attempt. A few years later Afrika Islam left NY and moved to Los Angeles. There he met Ice-T and together they invented ‘Gangster Rap’.
After many successful Hip Hop productions (seven Platinum Albums, two Movie Awards (Oscar) and a few Grammy Nominations), Islam seeks new musical challenges that combine many different styles thus giving birth to an entire new sound. Having played the major international mega-events like Mayday, Airave, Love Parade, etc.. he has achieved international CULT status.