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Styles Clash Championship
Laila Dodhy writes in about a Karachi hip-hop dance off:
I was not sure what to expect at the Styles Clash Championship because I haven't had the chance to attend hip-hop dance battles before. I expected breakdancing and nice beats, but it was much more than that.
Every individual dancer brought their unique style. You could see camaraderie, humor, creativity, and sass. One of my favorite parts of the event was how actively engaged the audience was. The MCs kept reminding us to “make some noise” until they didn’t have to. People cheered on the dancers, exclaimed when one showed the other up, passed commentary, and swayed to the music.
The music had some hip-hop classics like Low by Flo Rida. But it also had Pakistani hip-hop like Agency by Rap Demon, Talha Anjum, Umair, and the recent Pepsi track Why Not Meri Jaan. When these songs came on you could see the moment everyone recognized them and got more hyped. It was really heartening to see the celebration of local songs as a whole and how the emerging hip-hop dance culture is embracing them.