As Hip Hop culture celebrated its 45th birthday this year on August 11th, just a week earlier Hip Hop culture also lost the legendary Valentin Becerril, known to most as Bboy Float.
The legend goes that Valentin became Float of NYC in 1979. A member of the crew the Incredible Breakers, Float earned his place as one of the most influential bboys of all time in circles and battles. He approached dance with a soulful precision and finesse that lit up the crowd each time he hit the floor. Countless video clips reposted and shared by many around the world speak volumes of Floats contributions as a dancer, but it was his warmth and spirit that left a lasting imprint.
The legacy and spirit live on for one of the greatest to ever bless this planet. Thank you, Marcel Valko, for helping me…
Float was more than a legend – he was a loyal brother, friend, mentor, and partner. After a tragic accident that left him in critical condition while on tour in Europe, a GoFundMe campaign was started to help cover the costs of his complex situation. In days, the fund reached over $25,000 dollars to cover emergency medical, transportation, burial, and transition costs incurred by his family.
On August 26th, Mighty4 Arts Foundation organized a benefit workshop and all-styles battle to support this fund. Lean Rock of Floor Lords Crew (god son to Float), and members of Rock Force crew – Icey Ives (Alaska), Jonny UC, Morris, and Paulskeee generously donated their time to teach a two hour, in-depth Breakin’ workshop at MVMNT Studio. The workshop covered decades of experience among the world champions ending in a Q&A. Lean Rock also shared his own memories and experiences with Float.
The culminating all-styles battle ended in a win by K-Fresh and Ann Smooth, and by the end of the evening, we raised over $480 dollars to support Float’s Fund. We encourage our community to continue to support Float and his family during this difficult time by reading more about his story and making a contribution here.
Mighty4 was founded to celebrate a worldwide movement that has gathered people from all places, in the name of love for music, art, and dance. Central to our mission and values is also honoring the people who created that movement; the legends who earned their respect in person; who didn’t do it for the gram or likes; who gave their all in circles, on stages and walls. As we watch our pioneers turn into ancestors, we question what it means to protect their legacies and preserve their stories so they are not forgotten as Hip Hop culture continues to grow.