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King of Krump: Tight Eyez

Entertainment 13 Jun 2011   »   by TheWhatItDo
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When you see or hear krump dancing, it’s hard to not think of the man behind its movement. Ceasare Willis aka Tight Eyez created this incredible style of dance and has used it to navigate his life. His journey from the streets of L.A to the stage of America’s Best Dance Crew and everything in between is truly an urban fairytale.

Tight Eyez, has had many challenges being raised in South Central L.A. Growing up, his father was not in his life and his mother became involved when he was a teenager. He was exposed to violence in and outside of his home and hungered for a way out. His grandmother was solely responsible for him and during a financial challenging time his grandmother had him relocate to New York for a few years. When he returned, the negative experiences began to overwhelm him and he became scared and somewhat of an introvert. He was introduced to music and dance, and immediately he found a new passion. While he began his love for dance, he was drowning in gang violence. His only chance to stay a float was krumping. It literally saved his life. “If I didn’t have krump, I’d either be dead or incarcerated.”

Tight Eyez was featured in the documentary “Rize,” directed by David LaChappelle in 2005. It was the first time krump was introduced to the world. The birth of krump (acronym for Kingdom Radically Uprising Mighty Praise) along side clown dancing was the documentary’s focus. Since “Rize”, he’s has had multiple opportunities and offers in movies, commercials and performing. Krumping has grown internationally and according to Tight Eyez, “It’s more popular over seas and it makes me proud.” He’s had the opportunity to travel to other countries and all over the U.S to perform and teach krump. Recently, his crew Street Kingdom made it onto Season 6 of Randy Jackson’s Americas Best Dance Crew. Their goal was to just show the world krumping on that stage but they didn’t anticipate being there for 7 weeks and make it as one of the final four of the competition. “Now people know us and people who don’t even krump, love it!”

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Today, Tight Eyez is still competing and still promoting the positivity that krumping has had in his life. “I want people to see the other side of Rize, because they saw the anger and frustration and now I release spirtual power. I’m not mad anymore. Now I krump in a godly way; krump with a message.” He’s become a Christian and now is dedicated to continuing the legacy he has created through his testimony that is manifested into krump. He has many goals professionally, he would like to produce krump music and open up a school dedicated to the arts. Personally, he would like to find his father and wants to know what he thinks of him.

Tragedy does not define a person. How they prevail when it’s all over does. Tight Eyez has proved that no matter what you may experience, you can make it. “I didn’t graduate, I came from an abusive household and real tough upbringing.” He is a testament to how perseverance can turn tragedy into blessings. Whatitdo!

Article Written By: RAEN

  • IsagirL

    Very ironic Raen! I know you started the Youth program at our local High School “Rize”. That’s tight! Great article Miss Raen….

    Get it

  • J-squad_costarica

    THE BEST KRUMPER

  • elpana23

    Costa Rica? bailan krump allá loco? 

  • J-squad_costarica

    Si en Costa Rica hace mas de 4 años lo bailamos todo empeso desde que vimos Stomp the yard desde ahi empesamos a estudiarlo y a practicarlo varios amigos los cuales formamos un grupo J-SQUAD COSTA RICA en honor a los productores de J-SQUAD estamos planeando ir a LA la cuna del el KRUMP hoy en dia es nuestra inspiracion tanto el KRUMP como Tight Eyez .Estamos poniendole para meterlo con mas fuerza al pais ahora el KRUMP forma parte de nuestras vidas la gloria sea de Dios—If Costa Rica for over 4 years I danced all get started since we saw Stomp the yard from there We start to study and practice several friends formed a group which J-SQUAD COSTA RICA in honor of J-SQUAD producers are planning to go LA the birthplace of the KRUMP today is our inspiration both as Tight Eyez KRUMP. We are putting to put it more strongly to the country KRUMP now part of our lives is God’s glory

  • DjEvilSc7

    y solo uds lo hacen allá??

  • elpana23

    stomp the yard no bailan krump loco! tal ve sea eso lo que haga que cueste crere q haya krumping haya loco.. seguro no lo hacen bien

  • J-squad_costarica

    No ya hay oto grupo se llama Buckest Fam y otros independientes nos gusta Stomp por que sale Tight Eyez que es el fundador y para nosotros es una inspiracion y eso fue hace mucho ahora esta street kingdom

  • elpana23

    Street Kindom ta de años fren, 4 años ya pana.

  • elpana23

    2 crews man, costarrica esta nuevo en krump, yo quiero que tu sepa como se vive en panamá esto 
    man.

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  • J-squad_costarica

    THE BEST KRUMPER

  • elpana23

    Costa Rica? bailan krump allá loco? 

  • J-squad_costarica

    Si en Costa Rica hace mas de 4 años lo bailamos todo empeso desde que vimos Stomp the yard desde ahi empesamos a estudiarlo y a practicarlo varios amigos los cuales formamos un grupo J-SQUAD COSTA RICA en honor a los productores de J-SQUAD estamos planeando ir a LA la cuna del el KRUMP hoy en dia es nuestra inspiracion tanto el KRUMP como Tight Eyez .Estamos poniendole para meterlo con mas fuerza al pais ahora el KRUMP forma parte de nuestras vidas la gloria sea de Dios—If Costa Rica for over 4 years I danced all get started since we saw Stomp the yard from there We start to study and practice several friends formed a group which J-SQUAD COSTA RICA in honor of J-SQUAD producers are planning to go LA the birthplace of the KRUMP today is our inspiration both as Tight Eyez KRUMP. We are putting to put it more strongly to the country KRUMP now part of our lives is God’s glory

  • DjEvilSc7

    y solo uds lo hacen allá??

  • elpana23

    stomp the yard no bailan krump loco! tal ve sea eso lo que haga que cueste crere q haya krumping haya loco.. seguro no lo hacen bien

  • J-squad_costarica

    No ya hay oto grupo se llama Buckest Fam y otros independientes nos gusta Stomp por que sale Tight Eyez que es el fundador y para nosotros es una inspiracion y eso fue hace mucho ahora esta street kingdom

  • elpana23

    Street Kindom ta de años fren, 4 años ya pana.

  • elpana23

    2 crews man, costarrica esta nuevo en krump, yo quiero que tu sepa como se vive en panamá esto 
    man.

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