A Comprehensive Guide to Rap Video Skate Parts

May 20th, 2011 | 10:03 am | Features & Interviews | 35 Comments

It seems that whenever Jereme Rogers releases one of his “rap songs,” conventional skateboard media outlets continue to grant him exposure. These videos usually draw the ire of those nostalgic for the Coliseum era, when Jereme was switch flipping stairs to Buena Vista Social Club. Even non-skate related circles have given his frequent masterworks of second hand embarrassment some contemplation. We’re all guilty of (well, not Quartersnacks…not until this post anyway) offering Jereme airtime, instead of ignoring him in hopes that he would simply disappear or get committed. He, like many other inadequate rappers, subscribes to the fallacy that equates having “haters” to success. The only way we could win is by not paying attention.

However, his recent rap videos and audition tapes for a potential sequel to Whiteboyz are not the first instances of skateboarders attempting to mesh themselves with the mystic world of rap music. The following is a (cautionary) guide to the occasional rap video skate part, and why it has typically been a bad idea, long before Jereme Rogers made us wonder if he bumped his head too hard when he fell off the mattress in Wonderful Horrible Life.

Pat Washington & Henry Sanchez — Got Gold?
Rappers: P.W. Esquire & Henry Sanchez

Gold’s 2002 VHS offering suffered (benefited?) from the early-2000s, late-bling era, which was one of rap’s last years of gratuitous prosperity. Got Gold had everything: a faux-widescreen format paying tribute to Hype Williams, at least three freestyles as intros to parts, Scarface and Dolemite cut-ins, and plenty of white guys in big pants skating Pier 7. P.W. Esquire and Henry Sanchez’s section was the only portion of the video set entirely to their own musical creation, and it is performed while walking around San Francisco with a boom-box. Their lyrics insist that their sponsors are sources of rap-mogul-like wealth, much like regular rappers claim to “get rich off cocaine” and/or their state’s Department of Corrections. Henry’s style is dependent on various white rapper hallmarks — rhyming a bunch of clunky, big words (acrobatical, baratical, imaginable, infathomable, magical, etc….please keep in mind that only two of these are real words), wild arm gestures, and generally not making sense (but not in the cool, Ghostface way of not making sense.)

Best / Worst Line: Something about waffles, falafels, and throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers. So, Henry’s verse might culminate into some sort of pro-Palestinian metaphor.

Peter Smolik — Guilty
Rapper: Tha Fedaralz

In the long-awaited sequel to Fulfill the Dream, Smolik skated to what might be the worst song ever recorded. The rap video portion of the part is structured around a fugitive theme, and intercuts skating with his “soldiers” chilling on a bunch of rocks, and watching skate videos on a couch while hiding out in some sort of bunker. Even though Tha Fedaralz are government employees, they seem uninformed about recent American history, as the video cuts to a photo of the September 11th attacks when the lyrics mention “nuclear warfare.” Someone should tell those guys that no nuclear weapons were used in that attack. (On second thought, maybe they’re former government employees, and now on the run because they have inside info.)

If you ask 99.9% of people to name a rapper from San Diego, they wouldn’t be able to. That’s definitely a good thing.

Best / Worst Line: It’s between “N*gga yousa dirty rat…yeah, leaving droppings in the lab” and “I’m so pissed, snatching mics so fast, you leave with a broke wrist.”

Montage — Mixtape 2
Rapper: Harold Hunter

P.W. Esquire and Harold Hunter have some overlaps in subject matter, as they both rap about their popularity in Japan. Otherwise, there are many differences, namely in that Harold’s “Ditty Bop” is a great song, and a Myspace classic. The majority of New York skateboarders had it as their default song once Myspace introduced an embedded music feature in 2005. The same cannot be said for any other songs on this list.

Best / Worst Line: “You like a tofu crab cake, you half fake.”

Darren Harper — Get Familiar
Rapper: Dre Black

Honestly, if there is one person who can get away with having a rap video skate part, it’s Darren Harper. And if B.E.T. Uncut (R.I.P.), Worldstar, or any other “urban” institution that showcases low budget productions played skate videos, this would get premier treatment. Set to strong suggestions of “holding your straps tight,” and peppered with many staples of cost efficient rap videos (shots of jewelry purchases, rims, dice games, etc.), D. Streets manages to reach newfound heights from his switch stance. Considering this is the least ridiculous rap and skateboarding combination, the finished product comes off as appropriate.

Best / Worst Line: There isn’t anything particularly memorable or objectionable in the song. Keep the straps tight.

The Black Ninja – NEAT
Rapper: The Black Ninja

This part transcends expectations of most rap video skate parts. While skate-rappers often engage their hobby in lyrics as an afterthought, (thus focusing on non-skate related rapper things, like rims and weed) he embraces the act of skateboarding, and puts it at the forefront of this effective skate/rap hybrid, by providing honest commentary on the part’s tricks in autotune. Concept wise, this is genuinely one of the most creative things that someone has done with a video part. The only gripe is that his lyrics do not tackle the subject of why his clothes, shoes, wheels, laces, etc. are almost always lime green. That’s a pretty weird choice for a favorite color. The boardshorts are cool though.

Best / Worst Line: “Time for the switch wallride, turn around, push twice, do a wallride 180, I’m almost naked.”

Related:
Tracing the lineage of camo pants from rap videos to skate videos
Eddie Rap Life and the greatest skate rap song of all-time

35 Comments

Comment by pw esquire
  • while you walking in the store coming out broke
    i’m chilling in japan blowing out smoke
    nigga

    May 20, 2011 @ 11:37 am
  • Comment by Dominique Straus-Kahn
  • I’m about to write the world’s worst selling novel.

    Eat that shit like a waffle or falafel.

    May 20, 2011 @ 11:43 am
  • Comment by new jersey
  • this is actually one of the funniest posts to go up on quarter snacks. thanks.

    May 20, 2011 @ 12:58 pm
  • Comment by adrian
  • john reeves in “Balance in a world of chaos”
    http://skate.ly/library/videos/balance-in-the-world-of-chaos#19832

    May 20, 2011 @ 1:56 pm
  • Comment by tha fedaralz
  • we comin 4 u nigga.

    we see u hating.

    NEW RECORD OUT AFTER THE RAPTURE.

    May 20, 2011 @ 3:52 pm
  • Comment by ODS
  • switch noseslide to SALUTE

    May 20, 2011 @ 4:27 pm
  • Comment by the rap rodney mullen
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOEGCIO5nm4

    May 20, 2011 @ 5:10 pm
  • Comment by Bubbelbuz
  • BLACK NINJA WINS!!!

    May 20, 2011 @ 8:26 pm
  • Comment by The Mindhazard
  • Black Ninja 4 President!!!!
    Best man on frikin earth!

    May 20, 2011 @ 8:39 pm
  • Comment by matias ignacio milla
  • black ninja its the best man on the earth!
    fucking fenomenal, if was a female i would gone to las vegas and given him like 123456 kids

    May 20, 2011 @ 10:28 pm
  • Comment by fabonegro
  • you forgot suriel #>>

    street cinema part here
    http://www.myspace.com/video/citystars-skateboards/joey-suriel/22504980

    word ya heard

    May 21, 2011 @ 8:51 pm
  • Comment by fabonegro
  • actual song is nore but still

    May 21, 2011 @ 8:53 pm
  • Comment by Daniel_Beans
  • HAHAHAH,

    Black Ninja wins for sure, shits hilarious!!!!!

    May 21, 2011 @ 10:45 pm
  • Comment by Prologick
  • Black Ninja has the best part all around,his song matched the whole part.. bravo! that boy has steeze!

    May 21, 2011 @ 11:27 pm
  • Comment by DieByTheChord
  • No mention of the Dave Mayhew/Sugar Bear classic?

    May 22, 2011 @ 9:57 am
  • Comment by AP Stylebook
  • The word “classic” should never be used in the same sentence as “Dave Mayhew.”

    May 22, 2011 @ 1:15 pm
  • Comment by pst
  • after an extensive chrctr stdy of J. Casanova it’s evident he should be committed.

    May 23, 2011 @ 1:18 am
  • Comment by Jack
  • Black Ninja is the BOSS!

    May 23, 2011 @ 3:42 am
  • Comment by Jo El
  • San Diego rapper = Jayo Felony.

    May 23, 2011 @ 5:56 pm
  • Comment by drewpickles
  • yo what about t.k. in baker 3. i think thats one of the best ones…

    May 23, 2011 @ 9:41 pm
  • Comment by Raiosguy
  • Black Ninja KNOWS WHATS UP!!
    HE IS THE SHIT
    THATS
    IT
    CASE CLOSED!!

    May 25, 2011 @ 4:29 pm
  • Comment by nudeeels
  • Justin Girard awful casio rap song 1281.

    “Compound fracture technic scratcher..”

    May 26, 2011 @ 1:56 pm
  • Comment by west cost hood nigga
  • what ya feel about TK?

    June 15, 2011 @ 12:34 am
  • Comment by Noahz Ark
  • BLACK NINJA FOR LIFE HOMEBRUHHH

    July 3, 2011 @ 11:11 am
  • Comment by Josue Velasquez
  • Black ninjas awsome funny as hell too nigga got skill makes my days makes me laugh ALL THE TIME awsome nigga!

    July 19, 2011 @ 3:11 pm
  • Comment by 845skate
  • no black dave feature?

    January 8, 2012 @ 7:25 pm
  • Comment by Snack
  • Dave started rapping in August. This was written in May.

    January 8, 2012 @ 11:53 pm
  • Comment by shawnpowers180
  • no more smoken glass plastic and glue i swear

    January 9, 2012 @ 3:18 am
  • Comment by Joey Suriel
  • Not Joey Suriel? City Stars. No CITY STARS?!

    May 26, 2012 @ 8:46 pm
  • Comment by koorswright
  • that stripper won’t stop calling from risqe.

    May 27, 2012 @ 10:26 am
  • Comment by BLACKNINJABITCHES
  • BLACKNINJA4PRESIDENT

    July 18, 2012 @ 7:55 am
  • Comment by RockSteady
  • nose manual around tha cowna. you noe you wownaa

    February 11, 2015 @ 3:18 pm
  • Comment by richmondhoe420
  • should try to find Boner’s most recent part in “Close to Gross” from Fredricksburg, VA. He raps his whole part and kills it……BARS!!

    February 11, 2015 @ 4:27 pm
  • Comment by Pat Solo
  • This reminded me of that 90’s pro Chris Gentry.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRNdmSJjSDE

    February 11, 2015 @ 7:35 pm
  • Comment by when you mess with baker, thats what you get
  • TK in baker 3, fly society!

    February 12, 2015 @ 5:26 pm
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