“It’s a groundbreaking moment for New York City skateboarding.” — Pryce Holmes
Yaje was the first first-generation Tompkins skater to have a multi-page interview in a major magazine this year, but Black Dave might have just outdone his recent accomplishment by being the first first-generation Tompkins skater to be featured on WorldStar AND VLAD TV in the same day. That’s like having an interview in Skateboarder and The Skateboard Mag in the same month. Probably even better.
Though the video for “Black Donald Trump” may not have enough skateboarding in it to merit “Rap Video Skate Part” status (only a backside lipslide and a bank channel gap ollie at the Tribeca Park), it has plenty of highlights as a mere non-skate rap video. Dave finally puts the rumors aside and goes public about his relationship with Sarah Michelle Gellar, sets a proper example for the Tompkins youth by denouncing cocaine and pill usage, and even tackles racial issues, reminding us that Danny Glover’s days of being discriminated by taxi cab drivers are not yet behind our post-Obama society.
Almost ten years ago, 50 Cent was marketed as a superior product among the hip-hop landscape because he really did get shot nine times. Today, in an age when skateboarding is often Elmer’s glued onto a rapper’s image for a presumed increase in viability, Black Dave will rise above the rest because he really can skateboard. A&Rs, get those contracts ready.