1. Shiznit We Slept On: Alfonso Ribeiro’s “Breakin’ and Poppin’” Commercial (1985).

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    Dance machine Alfonso Ribeiro (before he was Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) was clockin’ crazy dollars with this mid ’80s mini-infomercial for his Moonwalk and King Tut primer, the Breakin’ and Poppin’ instructional book. The Silver Spoons star promises that “in a few minutes you can be doin’ backspins that will freak out your friends or eye-poppin’ moves like the Centipede.” All that, plus a giant 65″ x 70″ breakin’ board and the 2-LP “Rap Attack” album with “22 breakin’ and poppin’ hits,” all for under $20 bucks. No wonder they call ‘em “the good ol’ days.”


    CLICK THE THUMBNAILS ABOVE TO PEEP THE VIDEOS. SEE ALFONSO GET DOWN WITH MICHAEL JACKSON…


    "Breakin' and Poppin" TV Ad (1985)

    “Tell mom and dad it’s the safe way to break and pop, not the things that you shouldn’t try.” (See why Ribeiro probably said that in next video in gallery.)

    (Props to radiumclock for the upload)


    BONUS: The Jacksons Pepsi Commercial (1984)

    Here’s a 12-year-old Alfonso as MJ in a television spot that would spawn an urban legend (“Yo, did you hear about the kid who broke his neck and died while breakdancin’ in a Michael Jackson commercial?”).

    (Props to Michael2007GrooveMe2 for the upload)



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    • chris butta

      man dammit!!!! i need that book ASAP!

    • Chris Sobieniak

      You’d think someone would stick up a PDF of it by now.

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