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R16 Korea
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R16 Korea logo.
Awarded for B-boy tournament + Hip-hop and Street Art festival
Country  South Korea
Presented by Cartel Creative, Korea Tourism Organization, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
First awarded May 31, 2007
Official website http://www.r16korea.com

R16 Korea is an annual international b-boy tournament and urban arts cultural festival sponsored primarily by the Korea Tourism Organization and the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.[1] The main event features sixteen B-Boy crews representing fifteen countries competing in a two day tournament for world championship titles in two categories: best crew performance and best crew battle.

The festival features graffiti artists, street wear designers, musical performers and dancers who specialize in hip-hop, popping, locking and other urban arts subcultures from South Korea and other countries.

Created and Organized by Korea Tourism Organization produced by Cartel Creative Inc., R16 is a celebration of the creative energy behind urban youth culture. Based on a theme of "Respect" (which is what the "R" in R16 refers to), the tournament and festivals were first held in 2007 in the city of Seoul. The 2008 event took place in the city of Suwon The 2009 event host is the Metropolitan City of Incheon and the 2010 event was brought back to Seoul City. The event will continue annually, as the Hip Hop culture has recognized South Korean b-boys as a special part of its history. Korean-American b-boy, singer, and rapper, Jay Park, has been the official ambassador of R16 for years 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Winners[edit]

Year Location Battle 1st Place Battle 2nd Place Best Showcase Solo Winner
2014 Seoul, South Korea South Korea Gamblerz Russia Predatorz Russia Predatorz Japan Issei
2013 Seoul, South Korea South Korea Morning of Owl Japan Body Carnival Japan Body Carnival Japan Issei
2012 Seoul, South Korea United States Massive Monkees Kazakhstan Simple System South Korea Jinjo Crew Japan Issei
2011 Seoul, South Korea South Korea Jinjo Crew France Vagabonds South Korea Jinjo Crew Japan Taisuke
2010 Seoul, South Korea South Korea Jinjo Crew France Phase-T South Korea Jinjo Crew Netherlands Just Do It
2009 Incheon, South Korea Japan All Area Crew Russia Top 9 Crew Japan All Area Crew United States Roxrite
2008 Suwon, South Korea South Korea Gamblerz Russia Top 9 Crew Russia Top 9 Crew
2007 Seoul, South Korea South Korea Rivers Crew Finland Flow Mo Crew Japan Mortal Combat

2014[edit]

2014 Crew Battle Results[edit]

For 2014, R16 Seoul, South Korea on July 6–7 at Olympic Hall, Seoul Olympic Park.

Individuals in bold won their respective battles.

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
       
 China Jokester Crew   W
 United States Super Cr3w   L  
 China Jokester Crew   L
     South Korea Gamblerz   W  
 Australia SKB   L
 South Korea Gamblerz   W  
 South Korea Gamblerz   W
   
   Russia Predatorz   L
 Taiwan Double Kill   L
 Japan Body Carnival   W  
 Japan Body Carnival   L
     Russia Predatorz   W  
 Switzerland KFM   L
 Russia Predatorz   W  
 

2014 Solo B-Boy Battle Results[edit]

Location: Seoul, Korea

Individuals in bold won their respective battles.

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
           
 Japan Issei   W
 United States Tata   L  
 Japan Issei   W
   Taiwan Boris   L  
 Taiwan Boris   W
 Italy Twizter   L  
 Japan Issei   W
   South Korea Wing   L  
 South Korea Wing   W
 Vietnam Spin   L  
 South Korea Wing   W
   United States Gravity   L  
 United States Gravity   W
 Japan Ayumi   L  
 Japan Issei   W
   Morocco Lil Zoo   L
 China Vision   W
 Laos C-Lil   L  
 South Korea Octopus   W
   China Vision   L  
 South Korea Octopus   W
 Australia Blond   L  
 South Korea Octopus   L
   Morocco Lil Zoo   W   Third place
 Russia Vados   L
 
 United States Lancer   W  
 United States Lancer   W      
   Morocco Lil Zoo   W        
 Morocco Lil Zoo   W
 United Kingdom Roxy   L  

Issei (Japan) earned the second bid to the Undisputed World BBoy Series at the end of the 2014 year by winning R16 Korea.

2013[edit]

For 2013, R16 Seoul, South Korea on July 13–14 at Olympic Hall, Seoul Olympic Park.

2013 Main Event Competition Results[edit]

Crew Performance Competition Results:

  • Best Show: Body Carnival (Japan)

Crew Battle Results:

  • First Place: Morning of Owl (Korea)
  • Second Place: Body Carnival (Japan)

Solo Bboy Battle Results:

  • First Place:Issei (Japan)
  • Second Place:Blond (Australia)

2013 Crew Battle Results[edit]

Crews in bold won their respective battles.

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
       
 South Korea Morning of Owl   W
 France Melting Force   L  
 South Korea Morning of Owl   W
     Russia Slavic United   L  
 United States Battle Born   L
 Russia Slavic United   W  
 South Korea Morning of Owl   W
   
   Japan Body Carnival   L
 Australia SKB   W
 China Mental Fusion   L  
 Australia SKB   L
     Japan Body Carnival   W  
 Taiwan The Future Crew   L
 Japan Body Carnival   W  
 

2013 Solo B-Boy Battle Results[edit]

Location: Seoul, Korea

Individuals in bold won their respective battles.

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
           
 Philippines Reflex   L
 South Korea Roo   W  
 South Korea Roo   L
   Japan Issei   W  
 South Korea Differ   L
 Japan Issei   W  
 Japan Issei   W
   Bulgaria Slav   L  
 South Korea Vero   W
 France Franklin   L  
 South Korea Vero   L
   Bulgaria Slav   W  
 Bulgaria Slav   W
 Netherlands Niek   L  
 Japan Issei   W
   Australia Blond   L
 United States Dialtone   L
 France Soso   W  
 France Soso   L
   United States Morris   W  
 United States Morris   W
 France Mounir   L  
 United States Morris   L
   Australia Blond   W   Third place
 Australia Blond   W
 
 China Astro   L  
 Australia Blond   W      
   United States Kareem   L        
 Venezuela Lil G   L
 United States Kareem   W  

2012[edit]

2012 Crew Battle Results[edit]

For 2012, R16 Seoul, South Korea at Olympic Hall, Seoul Olympic Park.

Crews in bold won their respective battles.

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
       
 South Korea Jinjo Crew   W
 China Mental Fusion   L  
 South Korea Jinjo Crew   L
     United States Massive Monkeys   W  
 Japan FoundNation   L
 United States Massive Monkeys   W  
 United States Massive Monkees   W
   
   Kazakhstan Simple Systems   L
 Finland Flow Mo   W
 Taiwan KGB   L  
 Finland Flow Mo   L
     Kazakhstan Simple Systems   W  
 Belgium Team Shmetta   L
 Kazakhstan Simple Systems   W  
 

2011[edit]

For 2011, R16 Seoul, South Korea on July 2–03 at Olympic Hall, Seoul Olympic Park.

MCs: Jazzy Ivy (Korea) MC Go (Korea)

DJs:

  • DJ Skeme Richards (USA)
  • DJ Batsu (Japan)
  • DJ Light (Japan)
  • DJ Wreckx (Korea)

Judges:

  • Ken Swift (USA)
  • Alieness (USA)
  • Roxrite (USA)
  • Focus (Finland)
  • Physicx (Korea)
  • Popin Pete (USA) FunkStyle
  • Tony GoGo (USA) FunkStyle
  • Bruce(France) FunkStyle
  • P-Lock (France) FunkStyle
  • Woong (Korea) FunkStyle
  • Crazy Kyo (Korea) FunkStyle

2011 Main Event Competition Results[edit]

Crew Performance Competition Results:

  • Best Show: JinJo Crew (Korea)

Crew Battle Results:

  • First Place: Jinjo Crew (Korea)
  • Second Place: Vagabonds (France)

Solo Bboy Battle Results:

  • First Place:Taisuke (Japan)
  • Second Place:Lil G (Venezuela)

2011 Main Event Competitor List[edit]

Crew

  • Vagabonds: France
  • Top 9: Russia
  • STO Crew: China
  • Formosa Crew: Taiwan
  • Simple System: Kazakhstan
  • Killafornia: USA
  • All Area Crew: Japan
  • South Korea: JinJo Crew

Solo Bboys

  • Trickx: Korea
  • Pocket: Korea
  • Mounir: France
  • Lil G: Venezuela
  • Lil Amok: Germany
  • C-Lil: Laos
  • Thesis: USA
  • Taisuke: Japan

Showcase & Performing Artists

2010[edit]

For 2010, R16 was brought back to Seoul, South Korea on July 3–04 at Olympic Hall, Seoul Olympic Park.

MCs: Jazzy Ivy (Korea) MC Go (Korea) Dumbfoundead (USA)

DJs:

  • DJ Timber (Ireland)
  • DJ Ben (France)
  • DJ Light (Japan)
  • DJ Wreckx (Korea)

Judges:

  • Easy Rock (USA)
  • Flo Master (USA)
  • Kwikstep (USA)
  • Brahim (France)
  • Hong 10 (Korea)
  • Legend (USA) FunkStyle
  • Walid (France) FunkStyle
  • Junior (France) FunkStyle
  • Khan (Korea) FunkStyle
  • Zero (Korea) FunkStyle

2010 Main Event Competition Results[edit]

Crew Performance Competition Results:

  • Best Show: JinJo Crew (Korea)

Crew Battle Results:

  • First Place: Jinjo Crew (Korea)
  • Second Place: Phase T (France)

Solo Bboy Battle Results:

  • First Place:Just Do It (The Netherlands)
  • Second Place:Neguin (Brazil)

2010 Main Event Competitor List[edit]

Crew

  • Phase T: France
  • Terror Bunch: Germany
  • Caster Revolution: China
  • Big Toe Crew: Vietnam
  • Project P-Noise: Philippines
  • Puerto Rican All Stars: Puerto Rico
  • Fusion Rockers: Spain
  • Jinjo Crew: South Korea

Solo Bboys Neguin: Brazil Wing: Korea Lil Kev: France Lil G: Venezuela El Nino: Dominican Republic Just Do It: The Netherlands Palmer: USA Linh 3T: Vietnam

2009[edit]

For 2009, R16 was held in Metropolitan City of Incheon, South Korea on Sept 25 ~ 27 at Main Stage.

MCs: Jazzy Ivy Make One

DJs:

  • DJ Skeme Richards (USA)
  • DJ Renegade (UK)
  • DJ Light (Japan)
  • DJ Wreckx (Korea)
  • DJ Tee (Japan)

Judges:

2009 Main Event Competition Results[edit]

Crew Performance Competition Results:

  • Best Show: All Area Crew (Japan)

Crew Battle Results:

  • First Place: All Area Crew (Japan)
  • Second Place: Top 9 Crew (Russia)

2009 Main Event Competitor List[edit]

  • Canada: Super Naturalz Crew
  • China: STO Crew
  • Finland: Sticky Ruckus Crew
  • France: Silent Trix Crew
  • Poland: Polskee Flavour Crew
  • Netherlands: Hustle Kidz
  • Portugal: Momentum Crew
  • Spain: Arcopom Crew
  • Japan: All Area Crew
  • Ukraine: East Side Bboyz
  • Singapore: Radikal Forze
  • Russia: Top 9 Crew
  • Taiwan: Formosa
  • USA: Renegade Rockers
  • South Korea: Rivers Crew
  • South Korea: Gamblerz Crew

2008[edit]

For 2008, R16 was held in Suwon City, South Korea on May 31 and June 1 at Suwon Olympic Hall.

MCs: Jazzy Ivy Ivan

DJs:

  • DJ Renegade
  • DJ Light
  • DJ Wreckx
  • DJ Jus Jones
  • DJ Cut Nice

Judges:

2008 Main Event Competition Results[edit]

Crew Performance Competition Results:

  • First Place: Top 9 Crew (Russia)
  • Second Place: Gamblerz Crew (South Korea)

Crew Battle Results:

  • First Place: Gamblerz Crew (South Korea)
  • Second Place: Top 9 Crew (Russia)
  • Third Place: Brazil All-Star Crew (Brazil)
  • Fourth Place: Rivers Crew (South Korea)

2008 Main Event Competitor List[edit]

  • Belgium: Hoochen Crew
  • Brazil: Brazil All-Star Crew
  • Denmark: Natural Effects Crew
  • France: Pockemon Crew
  • Germany: Funk Fellaz Crew
  • Netherlands: Funky Dope Manouvres
  • Israel: Unstoppable Lions
  • Italy: Rapid Soul Moves
  • Japan: Turn Phrase Crew
  • China: Pioneer Crew
  • Norway: Ghost Crew
  • Russia: Top 9 Crew
  • Republic of South Africa: Immortal Style
  • USA: Super Crew
  • South Korea: Rivers Crew
  • South Korea: Gamblerz Crew

2007[edit]

The 2007 was held in downtown Seoul, South Korea on June 1 and 2 at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium.

MCs:

  • Jazzy Ivy
  • Ivan

DJs:

  • DJ Element
  • DJ Renegade
  • DJ Wreckx
  • DJ Light
  • DJ Jinmoo
  • DJ Dust
  • DJ Jun

Judges:

  • Ken Swift
  • Lil'Caesar
  • Poe One
  • Crazy
  • Swift Rock

2007 Main Event Competition Results[edit]

Crew Performance Competition Results:

  • First Place: Mortal Combat (Japan)
  • Second Place: Drifterz Crew (South Korea)
  • Cyon Award: Tsunami All Stars (Brazil)

Crew Battle Results:

  • First Place: Rivers Crew (South Korea)
  • Second Place: Flow Mo Crew (Finland)
  • Third Place: Massive Monkees (USA)
  • Fourth Place: Tsunami All Stars (Brazil)
  • Fresh Award: Style Crax (Germany)

2007 Main Event Competitor List[edit]

  • Addstars
  • Flow Mo Crew
  • Ground Scatter
  • Sto Crew
  • Style Crax
  • Formosa
  • Knuckle Head Zoo
  • Massive Monkees
  • Mortal Combat
  • No Half Stepping
  • Figure 2 Style
  • Soul Mavericks
  • Tsunami All Stars
  • Super Naturalz
  • Drifterz Crew
  • Rivers Crew

References[edit]

  1. ^ Salon.com article on Korean Hip Hop, Retrieved June 26, 2009

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