Remember

September 11th, 2017 | 3:39 pm | Daily News | 3 Comments

Photo by Matt Weber

Still a surreal day on the calendar every year. Over the years, we have done several posts regarding how that day shaped our tiny corner of New York — An Interview With Zered Bassett About the Vicious Cycle House (several blocks from Ground Zero circa 2002-2003), February 2002 Transworld Article re: 9/11, Twin Towers skate photos, Twin Towers skate clips 1996-2001.

You’re in for an onslaught of recap content throughout the internet, but the Dime Glory Challenge was absolutely brilliant. Forever grateful to be skateboarding on the earth at the same time in history as these brilliant Canadian minds.

Watermelonism has some new embroidered tees and hats.

“What was harder to do: switch big flip Chinatown Double-Set or switch backside flip D7?” NY Skateboarding has a solid interview with Tyshawn Jones, reigning “Did you hear what _____ did?!” king of New York City.

Transworld interviewed Josh Kalis about the greatest kickflip ever done™.

We’re the last ones to continue beating the dead horse of varial flip pontification, but the one (you’ll know which one…) in Sami El Hassani’s all-around brilliant new clip for Pop Trading Company deserves some extra attention.

People began skating the new Harlem skatepark on 114th Street and First Avenue (conveniently located between Haiji’s and Patsy’s) this past week. Looks kinda like Cooper Park tbh. Troy posted a clip from it, but there are a few more floating around.

Yaje Popson warms up with avocados and nollie half cab switch backside 5-0s. No wonder he’s the only native T.F. local with his name on a skateboard ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

People are still pissed about you skating the plaza on 110th and 8th, and hopes for a new Byrdgang video are high in the QS office. Here’s a teaser for Byrdgang 3.

(When is Hijinx 2 dropping though?)

Here’s the raw footage from Dane Baker’s part for Lottie’s Skate Shop.

Jenkem has a Prodigy tribute mix by skateboarding’s official Mobb Deep ambassador.

Four minutes of nollie backside 180 heelflips throughout history.

Vice posted up a deleted scene from Bam’s Epicly Later’d of Kerry and Bam skating Kerry’s backyard ramp in Pennsylvania. Party at my house for the Muska one.

Quote of the Week: “I can’t wear blue, it’s a color.” — Girl Wearing All Black in the Dime Store

Happy belated birthday, Roy Ayers.

Heavy Airplay All Day With No Chorus

June 20th, 2017 | 9:35 pm | Time Capsule | 5 Comments

prodigy young

There are a couple skateboarders who have grown synonymous with skating to songs by a recurring artist: Geoff Rowley to Motörhead, Pat Duffy to Primus, Danny Way and Colin McKay to Metallica, Bam to H.I.M. (lol). Given how influential some of those parts were, the artist’s music grew tethered to the skater’s career. Some only had to skate to one in order to carry the tune as their theme song (Appleyard to Placebo, Tony T. to Mötley Crüe, Jahmal to Gil-Scott Heron come to mind here.)

Unless we’re counting Smolik and the Federalz, Darren Harper’s friends, or the fact that I always edit Connor’s footage to Future, it’s tough to think of a pairing in rap*. Except one — Rodrigo TX and Prodigy of Mobb Deep.

*EDIT: Somebody had to email my dumbass to remind me of Gino and Wu-Tang. D’oh.

The more classic Mobb Deep songs got a decent amount of burn (pun intended hehehehehehe) in early issues of 411, just as many of the aforementioned names skated to more canonized songs by their respective music spirit animals. With the exception of “Keep It Thoro” — some of the most quotable three minutes that exist in rap — Rodrigo didn’t skate to the set Mobb Deep canon. He skated to songs that were released in outtakes compilations (“My Priorities” in éSpecial), Prodigy features on fuckin’ Boogz Boogetz songs (Gold Goons), and even sample sources to Prodigy songs (see the second half of his Parental Advisory part.)

Prodigy couldn’t ask for a greater spokesperson to carry his music’s legacy in skateboarding. R.I.P.

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