The Rise of Flex


The Brooklyn-based genre of dance music that has thrived since the ’90s is beginning to reach far beyond the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, which has housed dance competitions in the genre for years, and is breaking through to much larger audiences. Pitchfork has chronicled the history of flex music and its dancers, the “Volume” riddim and lazer effects that characterize its sound, and the growing number of hip-hop fixtures who originated in the scene (such as Boof, Nicki Minaj’s DJ).

Watch a clip of one of the Brooklyn Masonic Hall’s flexing competitions, The D.R.E.A.M. Ring, after the jump.

Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →