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First scratch then rap

Itchy feet get a hip-hop prescription from three giants of the scene

The shoe brand with three stripes is throwing another not-to-be-missed party with three legendary DJs at Q Bar tomorrow night.

After the wildly successful first region-wide Breathe And Stop Tour in August this year, November has seen three more legendary hip-hop DJs shaking down dance floors across six Southeast Asian capitals of dance, starting in Singapore then Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh, Manila, Jakarta and ending in Bangkok.

Adidas Original's Laced Up Tour features three of the biggest party rockers in the hip-hop scene - Tony Touch, Apollo and Vinroc. And a few days ago it was announced that DJ Shortkut will join the roster in Bangkok.

The tour also features the Breathe And Stop Champion dance crew from each region showing off their moves. Supported by the Heavy Boogie crew, the party also includes top local talents from around the region as well as mind-bending live visuals from Scratch Media. That's an irresistible recipe for a non-stop rocking atmosphere.

Headlining alongside spin masters Apollo and Vinroc is Tony Touch, aka Tony Toca. Hip-hop royalty, Tony is a member of the legendary Rock Steady Crew and moonlights as a producer, radio host and certified Brooklyn, New York City, mix-tape king.

Joseph Anthony Hernandez broke into the scene as a b-boy dancer during the "rap renaissance" of the early '80s. Heavily influenced by pioneers like Crazy Legs and the Rock Steady Crew and Grandmaster Flash, he quickly shifted his interests towards the turntables. Toca is known for legendary mix tapes like the 50 MCs parts 1, 2 and 3. Included in this series are some of the hottest artist in the game - KRS-One, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Wyclef, M.O.P, Big L, Mos Def.

Hernandez stopped scratching long enough to answer a few questions.

What are you up to now?

I've been touring and promoting two, weekly parties in New York City - Funkbox on Sundays with deep house music, and Toca Tuesdays which is an old-school night. Both parties have been going strong for the past four years. I've also been working on Shade 45 [Eminem's radio channel] for almost eight years, and I am finishing my new "Piece Maker" album with an artist named Soni.

Your new album "The Piece Maker 3 Return of the 50 MC's" is out soon. What's it going to be like?

It will be the same Tony Touch formula - boom bap hip-hop! I brought the 50 MCs concept back, and it is my 100th mixtape, which features everyone from Eminem to KRS-One and Straight Fire.

Are you still involved with Rock Steady Crew?

Yes for almost 20 years now. Rock Steady just celebrated its 35-year anniversary!

You include a lot of Latin flair in your music…

I am from Puerto Rico and this is the music from my island which I helped start. I grew up listening to music like salsa, soul and disco.

Are you perceived differently in Latin communities?

Not really. I'm still me wherever I go. They call me Tony Toca a lot more in the Latin communities though.

We've heard that you're also an actor. Would you like to tell us about that?

I got small roles in independent films; I'm still working on elevating that.

Who's your dream collaborator?

There are too many to name, but my favourite has always been KRS One - The Teacha! Actually I've worked with everyone I've wanted to work with to be honest - except for Rakim.

How did you get involved with Adidas Laced Up?

I was referred by DJ Shortcut, a good friend of mine. With Apollo and Vinroc, I think we are just gonna vibe off of each other and make sure the crowd has a great time! It's going to be lots of fun and lots of dancing.

WINNING TOUCH

Congratulations to David Segal who won a pair of tickets worth Bt800 to tomorrow's Laced Up Party at Q Bar. He correctly named Apollo and Vinroc as the other two main acts who will be performing with Tony Touch at the party.

For more details, call (02) 252 3274 or check out www.QbarBangkok.com.

More about the tour is at www.Facebook.com/breatheandstop.


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