Omar “RoxRite” Delgado Macias Speaks On His 100th Win, Real B-Boying & Hip-Hop Competition [Interview]
Omar “RoxRite” Delgado Macias just made history with 100 wins in breaking, so he celebrated by speaking with Okayplayer about the moment, competition and more.
Red Bull fans know and respect the name RoxRite, especially in competitive b-boy circles. Born Omar Delgado Macias in Guadalajara, Mexico, the award-winning history maker planted his flag in San Diego, California and began a road to awesomeness that made him different from the rest. As of March 2018 at Circle Industry, the multiple championship holder created his own record after earning 100 wins, defeating a host of legends over the course of 23 years.
Despite not being introduced to breaking until he was 12, RoxRite would go on from 1998 to the present representing the U.S. in international breaking competitions because that is where he was raised (Windsor, California) and that’s where he learned how to break. He won his first international b-boy title in France in 2003 and hasn’t stopped since. He was been a part of the largest b-boy battles, has both judged and taught the next generation of b-boys and b-girls, while espousing the tenets of true hip-hop: peace, love, harmony and having fun.
Breaking has always been the core of who Omar is, so much so that he knew to name his own style of b-boying “Roxrite,” which refers to how he always “rocked right” when it came to this hip-hop life. As one of only three dancers in the U.S. to have claimed the prestigious Red Bull BC One title, witnessing the soon-to-be 36 year old make such a historic statement using his body and the passion of the culture proves that this hip-hop thing isn’t going to go saccharine anytime soon. To honor the moment, Omar and Red Bull partnered up to release a commemorative jersey that’s being sold to celebrate the record.
With a bit of time off between competitions, @Okayplayer got a few seconds in with Roxrite, where we talked to him about his 100th win, the experience of accomplishing his goal, what’s next for him to go after, his thoughts on “real” b-boying versus “Nae Nae” dancing in the entertainment industry and who is his breaking arch-nemesis. Enjoy!
Okayplayer: First and foremost, congratulations on your 100th win, RoxRite! Can you walk us through that moment? What was the move you believe sealed the deal for you? And after winning 100 times what becomes the next goal for you?
Omar Delgado Macias: My 100th victory came in a group effort at a battle in Austria. It was a concept battle where it is compared to chess, so the victory came in strategy on how to defeat our opponents in the fastest way possible. For me my best round was during the second battle, which was where I delivered some signature moves with some new ideas I have been working on. No one specific move but rather a bunch as well as my crew members holding it down. The next goal for me is to stay active and actually win one more major one-on-one world title before I hang up the laces.
OKP: You first announced this goal in a Complex interview back in 2014, correct? What did it sound like to you when you first uttered those words for publication? There are those who shrink from challenges and those who become giants. As a giant, what bit of advice can you share with others looking to make an impact in their own life / career?
ODM: I announced it with Complex for a broader audience then, but I actually made it public to the scene in May 2009. The first time I uttered that to myself I thought of all the greats I looked up to in dance and in sports. To me it meant setting a new milestone and chasing something that can set a new standard in competitive breaking. It was definitely a challenge that almost shrank me, it took me longer then I had planned due to life and circumstances, but that’s what makes the journey that much more special. My advice for setting a goal or pursuing a dream is to be dedicated and be persistent with your work ethic. We may deserve or want something so bad that we forget what it takes to get there. That process is not easy but quitters don’t succeed they only talk about what could have been. So push, dedicate, sacrifice, and enjoy the ride.
OKP: There’s this common argument about “real” b-boys and I guess “not real” b-boys. Without giving it too much spotlight why can’t both sides agree that the betterment and the support of the culture raises all ships? What I’m trying to ask if why can’t the Universal Magnetic / Zulu Nation tenet of love be a more forceful uniter than hating on who’s real and who’s not?
ODM: I think being real comes down to the person and the morals they hold within what they do. Breaking and hip-hop in general has always been competitive so I think this is why there are so many disagreements as well as just perspectives on which way breaking should go. Some don’t think b-boys/b-girls should be paid, while others do. It just comes down to perspective. In the end, I think there has been some growing up in this field and people are starting to show love for one another in this community.
OKP: Did you get a sense of that sort of energy when you won your 100th win at Circle Industry? If not, can you share instead what you did afterward to celebrate the historic moment?
ODM: To be honest, I got a lot of love from the people there and from within the scene as well. It was just another event for many but when they announced it after we won, the ones that didn’t know showed some appreciation. Afterwards we went on to celebrate as a crew and just enjoyed the evening. My real celebration had yet to come because we still had another tournament to win the next weekend in Prague—which we did.
OKP: Becoming a legend with 100 wins aside — what do you enjoy doing in your off-time? What are some other things that your hardcore fans might not know about you?