Break-Dancing Champ Victor Montalvo Shares Training Playlist for Red Bull BC One World Finals

Victor Montalvo in 2015
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Victor Montalvo celebrates with the winner's belt during Red Bull BC One World Finals at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome, Italy on Nov. 14, 2015.

Defending Red Bull BC One champion Victor Montalvo turns to hip-hop and groovy Latin beats for inspiration before battling it out at any break-dancing competitions. The upcoming world finals in Japan on Saturday (Dec. 3) are no exception.

Following in his father's footsteps -- who used to break dance "back in the day" in Mexico -- the 22-year-old Mexican-American b-boy began dancing at age 11 in his native Orlando, where he continues to dance part-time at Street Breaks.

Currently, he's in Nagoya, Japan, for the 2016 Red Bull BC One world finals, where he'll be defending his world champ title. Ahead of this year's championship, Montalvo is staying optimistic and, most importantly, humble. "Always keep learning and always think like a a student," Montalvo says. "There's no room for jealousy or ego ... just do and worry about you. Be positive."

While Japanese DJ Mar Ski will be spinning his own records during the world finals, Montalvo shared with Billboard his ultimate playlist of songs that get him pumped for the battleground, which includes Joe Bataan's Latin soul and hip-hop tracks by Main Source

Check out Montalvo's playlist below: 

Joe Bataan, "Latin Strut" 

Little Beaver, "Groove On"

Main Source, "Looking at the Front Door"

Joe Bataan, "Call My Name"

Manzel, "Space Funk"

Oddisee, Rock Creek Park

Get a preview of what's ahead for the 2016 Red Bull BC One world final (which you can watch via Red Bull TV) by checking out Victor's winning battle from last year in Rome: