Krump music is an essential factor in Krump dancing. Krumpers base their movement and dance moves on the music that is played. Music sets the tone, tempo and mood of the battle. The beat, tune and lyrics of the song all play a vital part in effective Krumping. However, due to the nature of the dance the music is usual upbeat and quick paced. Krumping can be seen in music videos by Missy Elliott, Madonna, Chris Brown, Angus McGregor, J-Squad, J-Kru and many others.
This form of dancing has Christian roots. According to a major krump proponent, Tight Eyez, the word krump stands for Kingdom Radically Uplifted Mighty Praise, and this acronymic formation can be seen on his videos. An urban African-American freestyle dance form that developed on the streets of South Central Los Angelfes, it basically began as a vent to release anger, aggression and frustration positively, in a non-violent way. This was in opposition to street violence, which was prevalent due to violent gangster activities.
Krumping originated from Tight Eyez & Big Mijo not from Clowning, a form of hip hop developed by Tommy the Clown (Thomas Johnson) in 1992. The two are related by form and origin, sharing the same basic speed and a similar movement pattern including rapid rhythmic bobbling and arm-swinging, as well as intermittent flexing of the spine and thrusting-out of the chest, more commonly known as a "chest-pop."
As others in the area picked up the clowning moves, the style morphed into something more frenetic and intense. Krumping crews sprang up throughout South Central, and Johnson realized a bigger purpose for the dance style he started. He opened the Tommy the Clown Academy, a recreation room where kids could study and dance after school, and he created the idea of the "battlezone" dance, which fetures dance-contests often billed as "krumpers versus clowns."
Krumping is a more aggressive dance form than clowning and is intended as an expression of anger or a release of pent-up emotion from the struggles of life through violent, exaggerated, and dramatic moves. Variation, individuality, and movement are the foundations of the krump or bobble-bounce. "Dissing” or jokes are often involved, as well as "sick" movements, such as snaking, grimey, or other sorts of actions with a degree of sexual connotation. Krumping also may or may not include fight moves and gymnastics moves, as well as moments of heightened aggression called "buck" moves.
The originators and leading early proponents of krump were the dancers Tight Eyez, Big Mijo. They trace their innovations to late 2001 and early 2002, when their style was perceived as too "rough" or "buck" for clowning.
Tight Eyez, who teaches krump and has produced instructional videos on the subject, regularly speaks of Christian healing and gives praise to Jesus when asked about krump. He distinguishes krump from clowning and from "the stripper dance" by its seriousness of purpose: Among the "don'ts" of krump, as he explains it, are the exaggerated wobble-walks of clowning and the buttocks-bouncing of the stripper dance. He also distinguishes krump from pop-locking and from hyphy (turf) dance styles because it is less precise and more freestyle. In one instructional video, Tight Eyez speaks of the three levels of krump, those being "bucking" (making aggressive-looking movements), "amping" (becoming genuinely filled with the emotions one is protraying through choreography), and "spirit" dancing (in which the dancer moves beyond choreography and is lifted into a religious dance "in the spirit").
In the video, Missy Elliott's entourage begins a dancing competition with a group of Asian dancers. At the end of the video, Missy Elliott and all of the dancers (her team and the opponents) begin dancing to the video remix which samples "Hot Music" by British pop trio Soho. Cameos in the video were made by R&B singer Tweet and the same child dancers from the videos for "Work It" and "Gossip Folks", including teenage actress Alyson Stoner.
Missy Elliott got "krump" in 'I'm Really Hot,' but the move originated in California. Just bring your arms up close to your chest and shake your body.