Hammer attended high school at Fremont, but there’s more lore here than just that. According to Hammer, The Robot dance was invented here in 1969 during halftime of a basketball game. The robot has that “Oakland hit;” it’s a little move near the end that distinguishes it from L.A. boogaloo. The West Coast boogaloo scene was big in the ‘70s, so when hip-hop came, Oakland was ready. All that really changed was the emphasis on the drums, as opposed to the rhythm or the melody. Boogaloo is a major reason why Oakland and the West Coast embraced hip-hop culture from the start—it was already here, in a sense.