The birthplace of hip hop is openly known to be a housing project in the Bronx at the crossroads of Sedgwick and Cedar but for a young Micky Minh Tú the birthplace of his love for hip hop took place in a park deep in the heart of Saigon, Vietnam.
From the age of 15 Bboy Micky has been practicing his bboy skills while focusing intently on the fundamentals of footwork and toprock. “My first inspiration came from Bboy Imagine in Vietnam who was good with footwork. Hip hop was becoming very popular in Saigon and everyone was focused on spinning and gymnastic styles. Bboy Imagine was all about the fundamentals of breakdance with footwork and toprock. I wanted to learn the right way so he became my first mentor however my biggest inspiration these days is definitely Bboy Born.”
Bboy Micky moved to Raleigh from Saigon in 2011 and immediately dove into the local breakdance scene. By leveraging social media and online forums he managed to forge relationships with people like Juan Matta, Bboy No-Cents, Bboy Kata and Bboy Exact who invited him to join the highly respected Raleigh Rockers crew while competing in and winning some battles across the East Coast.
His love of hip hop may begin with breakdance but it doesn’t end there. “I met a lot of the DJs, graffiti writers and rappers from Raleigh during the old House Party Classics events. Those were cool. Everyone was there from different parts of hip hop and everything came together. Raleigh is a cool place for hip hop.”
Nowadays Micky has teamed up with Bboy Napoleon to offer footwork and toprock workshops throughout Raleigh. At a mere 21 years of age, Bboy Micky is talking us to school!