Charlie Marbles is a first generation UK Bboy who started breakin when he was 8 years old in 1984. He first met “Second to None” in 1985 at Madison Joe’s club in Bournemouth where they were all dancing. He was also one of the founder members of UK crew “Born to Rock” who themselves helped to rejuvenate the UK breakin scene in the early 90’s
He is one of the three original crew who made “The Bboy Mercenaries” possible. He is the Writer, Director and Editor as well as Interviewer, Director of Photography, music selector, Producer, website designer, the list goes on…
Nowadays Charlie works as a freelance scriptwriter, film director and editor, making music promos, commercials and films. He has recently established a new film company, Raw Angles which will focus on the production and online distribution of ambitious, culturally driven movies with a social conscience and a cult-film sensibility.
Shortly after the completion of the Bboy Mercenaries marathon, El Lapizito disappeared from view. Rumour has it that he returned to his subterranean record warehouse somewhere in the South American tropics to live out the rest of his days digging for gems and future classics.
Nathan Losado is a first generation UK bboy who alongside El Lapizito came up with the original idea to make “The Bboy Mercenaries.” He met “Second to None” in 1985 at Madison Joe’s club in Bournemouth where he was asked by Tony the Pencil to form a junior STN crew, “Second to None Smallstars”.
Along with capturing the majority of the in-depth interviews, Nathan contributed historical hip hop photographs and also helped with the music choices. His tireless pursuit for perfection helped to make sure everybody was represented correctly and the story was told in full.
Cel – One is the heavyweight MC for trailblazing UK rap crew Guttersnypes and long-time friend and associate of Second to None so it wasn’t any surprise when he was asked to narrate the film. He travelled to a lot of the European bboy jams that appear in the film and so experienced the energy of those times first hand.
Also, as Missing Stewart, he contributed some stunning photography and dynamic contemporary practice footage as well as some of the really revealing and personal interviews under the banner, I Shot Hip Hop.
Second to None was formed in 1985 by Steve Kerr, Paul Spencer, Terry Shaw and Tony the Pencil. It was made from members of the Bournemouth crews: “Shock City”, “South Style”, “Universal Rockers” and “The Masters” from Portsmouth and Southampton. Shortly after, they started a practice session at a club called, “Madison Joe’s” which became the centre of the hip hop universe on the South coast of England. Since the 1980’s STN never gave up breakin, no matter how much abuse they received from the fashion victims and larger louts. In 1989 they ventured out to Europe and were surprised to see a vibrant scene still going strong, so through the 90’s they started to go out there more often to jams and took part in some of the most seminal battles of all time which influenced alot of people to get back into training, especially in the USA. in 1996 and 1997 they won the UK Bboy Championships and cemented their reputation as the best and most influential crew to have ever come out of the UK.
The members are (from left to right): Nick Palmer, John Isaacs, Paul Spencer, Darrel Hardin, Tony Penfold, Nathan Losado, Asa Hardin and Adam Renshaw.