#RAPWATCH2014: Bieber, PSC, Tompkins & Buyouts

June 11th, 2014 | 7:58 am | Daily News | 5 Comments

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Five Favorite Parts Justin Bieber — 1) Jahmal Williams in Continuum 2) Jahmal Williams in Eastern Exposure 3) Jahmal Williams in Static IV…obviously he already has the advance copy 4) Joel Meinholz in Welcome to M.I.A. 5) Jerry Fowler’s 411 Profile

After nearly three years of sustained attempts at a slight interest in skateboarding, rappers are starting to give it up. The past five months have seen near 60% drops in celebrities Instagraming themselves on skateboards compared to 2011-2013. Even marquee #celeb #skaters like Lil’ Wayne, who (maybe unknowingly) spent years fighting for us to have to admit that he’s better at skating transition than 40% of the QS office, seems to have little time for his board these days. He just released his best-rapped single since maybe The Carter 3, so perhaps he’s back to focusing on his raps, and not his ollies.

The #EVERYBODYSKATES movement is certainly past its heyday. Bieber is running things, Ron Artest is telling us we are taking over and that we should follow this kid who’s good at skating flatbars but not necessarily better than the average “good” kid at L.E.S., and Chief Keef is riding his surfboard.

“Don’t sleep on the Biebs.” — Andre Page, 2013

Could Bieber be the “realest” #skater #celeb?

Silver Linings Spotbook

February 25th, 2013 | 7:00 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

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“Phi kappa Psi House off the chain Trippy!” — @money5000

Don’t forget — Black Dave is opening up for the one and only Mistah Don’t Play A.K.A. Project Pat at Santos Party House tomorrow night (Tuesday, February 26.) Doors open at 8 P.M. 96 Lafayette Street. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 in advance. Dave also has a mixtape and music video Kids remake out too.

Vice has a new interview with Josh Kalis. He’s a Yaje Popson fan.

Fresh off a sighting in Sabotage 3 (at Love Park, nonetheless), Brian Wenning also appears in latest Habitat-heavy NJ Scum montage.

Every part should be so lucky as to receive a RI-MIX. It’s two months old, but we somehow just found out about it via Recordings of Boardings: Massimo Cavedoni re-edited to the Instagram genius, Badgalriri. Also, if you ever feel overwhelmed by the daily onslaught of Hella Clips and Skatevideosite, Recordings of Boardings is a great slower-paced alternative.

Frozen in Carbonite on Pretty Sweet, Parental Advisory and longterm effects of only listening to ignorant ass hip-hop in your formative years.

The Harlem Shake made it to Lenox Ledges. No, not the one from the G. Dep video.

Some wonderful person mashed up 40 minutes worth of bonus footage from the Girl and Chocolate tour videos of the past ten years to make a sick B-sides tribute mix. Has anybody called it “Better than Pretty Sweet” yet?

More good stuff out of Pittsburgh: Scumco & Sons rider, Dan Peindl’s part in Yunker.

Check the latest Skate Jawn montage with a perhaps first-ever line outside of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

R.B. Umali talks about filming for early issues of 411, the Houston skate scene in the nineties, and Lennie Kirk’s “ignorant” tattoo.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week:You trying to get the pipe?”

Quote of the Week:You trying to get the pipe?”

P.S. When the previous Bronze video reaches 56,000 views, the new Bronze video will be released. Refresh its YouTube page 100 times a day.

The Weatherman Said That It’s a Light Chance of Snow

February 11th, 2013 | 7:04 am | Daily News | 9 Comments

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Photo Jacked From Matt Weber

R.I.P. Donald Byrd. At the very least, rap nerds can easily recognize Byrd’s music via the sample Premier chopped up for “N.Y. State of Mind” or the loop from Black Moon’s “Buck ‘Em Down.” He was also on Guru’s first Jazzmatazz compilation. Though not a skater favorite like Dave Brubeck, check out the 2002 Uprise Skateshop video, Suprise, which features two Donald Byrd songs (“Change” and “City Life”), not to mention Ryan Giese and Steve Nish appearances.

Black Dave made it. No, he really made it. B.D. will be opening up for Project Pat on Tuesday, February 26th at Santos Party House. Congratulations to B.D. on this monumental step in his career. And don’t worry, we’ll remind you about this sixty times between now and the end of the month.

Sign of the times: Skateboarder magazine will no longer come in print form.

With the demise of Gravis, Ripped Laces speculates on hypothetical Dylan Reider shoe sponsor scenarios. Skater free agency is not as fun as NBA free agency.

Slicky Boy sighting in the Stefan Janoski “Off the Grid” segment and a New Jersey-based (!!!) Jason Dill sighting in the montage from the Feelin’ Friendly video.

Speaking of Jersey, Jersey Dave got back behind the lens and made a Jersey City junk spot montage. Always fun to use the word “Jersey” three times in one sentence.

Diamond Days #66. “What’s that Chief Keef song where the hook is about his squad and there are like gunshots going off in the background?”

CNN (the news network, not the duo behind the top five all-time rap album), has an incredible set of photos by Mike Belleme showcasing the skate scene in Asheville, North Carolina. If you recall, Jake Johnson had a lot of great things to say about skateboarding in Asheville.

Hey Marc Jacobs, if you guys need consulting help on, say, simple things like putting trucks on facing the right direction, our services are available in exchange for huge suitcases of American currency.

Is this art or something? Rihanna’s song is rad, dude.

Palace eBay Watch: Ironic parody shirts now available.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Danilo Gallinari’s “[Circus] Shot of the Century.”

Quote Tweet of the Week:

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ICYMI: The Static IV teaser went online this past weekend.