This compelling short examines litefeet culture and why the NYPD have brought it to a standstill
“litefeet” is a descendant of New Yorks’s street dancing culture – breaking, or b-boying, the dance culture that flourished alongside the early days of Hip-Hop in the 1970’s. Although there’s one major difference, where breakers focused their activity on the streets, litefeet crews have inhabited the carriages of NY’s subway network.
In recent years, there have been issues with the strict policing philosophy that has been transforming or “cleansing” the city over the past decade or more. This directing debutante from filmmaker Scott Carthy features a soundtrack by recent Hyp mix contributor Tall Black Guy, Darkside, Yung Gutted, Czarquan, JJ DOOM and Badbadnotgood and focuses on the respected W.A.F.F.L.E (We.Are.Family.For.Life.Entertainment) litefeet crew who are vocalizing their ideals against the police and people badmouthing their passion – “They’re trying to end something that’s beautiful, that’s positive,” laments dancer Goofy, founder of the W.A.F.F.L.E crew. “They’re trying to end an art.”
In the eyes of the NYPD, litefeet activity is dangerous to both the general public the dancers themselves. An officers voice is layered over footage of the dancers ironically, “We are a very assertive police force, we want to show people improvement in the quality of their life.” Goofy counters with the “There are people who use the trains to get away from certain violence and activities that they may have to because, that’s the way their lifestyle is set up.” As the documentary probes deeper into the issue, we learn about the shift in atmosphere when intimidating crews, “looking to make a quick buck” rush trains demanding money. Goofy observes that these gangs with “criminal mindsets” are the real reason that the police and the media are cracking down on the litefeet community.
Regardless of what happens, the litefeet crews will survive to innovate across new terrains. The music must go on.
For more information about the W.A.F.F.L.E crew visit their YouTube channel.