WorldStar on Skateboarding, Race, & Lil’ Wayne

April 26th, 2012 | 2:48 pm | Daily News | 31 Comments

Yesterday, WorldStar posted a video of Willy Akers doing a drop-in off an ascended portion of Lil’ Wayne’s Miami patio for $5,000. While this event is notable in that it is the only skateboard-related video to appear on WorldStar that didn’t include the phrase “VS THUGS & GUNSHOTS WENT OFF” in the title (and it didn’t feature Terry Kennedy, who makes occasional WSHH appearances, or Black Dave), the insanity of the ensuing comments stole the show. As much as we like to think we’re living in a post-“Y’all filming for Scarred?” society, and hope everyone figured out that plenty of non-white people skateboard, WorldStar offers a glimpse into a world where these dreams couldn’t be further from true. Like 99% of comment areas on the internet, race became the main issue about three comments in. Gangs, money, the illuminati, and fashion were other big topics.

Here they are — The 25 Most Insane Comments on the “Lil Wayne Pays Skater To Drop In Off Roof At His Miami Mansion!” WorldStar Video Page:

1. “For that stack, I’ll do the same shit.. that shit gonna keep me comfy in the hospital, but when I get out BALLIN!! (Jim Jones voice)…. plus im show all the girls how they pussy wwwooorrrkkk!!!”

2. “trust me when im rich .. fuck . im gonna hire a massage therapist that will massage my back by just walking all over me . she has to be 95lbs .. if she gains even an ounce .. YOU’RE FIRED .”

3. “wayne gon b on espn in 2 years competing in real competitions watch”

4. “wayne has tear drop tattoos, that means he has killed someone, google it. he is a real blood.”

5. “ive watched gang land before, if you wear red flags then you are a blood. of course Wayne cannot be an active blood becos he’s a celebrity, why would a celebrity sell drugs when they already have money?”

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The Events That Defined New York City Skateboarding in 2011: 25-21

December 2nd, 2011 | 3:35 pm | Features & Interviews | 12 Comments

You know the drill. Five at a time, one post a week. Have a good weekend.

25. The Blue Flatbar Shatters the Record for the Longest a Loose Obstacle Has Been Left at Tompkins

Every skateboarder in New York is guilty of having once been too lazy to return a box or rail back to Autumn after it gets dark. Neglecting to bring the box back is so common that we deliberately left it off our Tompkins etiquette guide. If the Parks Department held on to all the obstacles they have removed from the park over the last ten years, then they easily have the capability of furnishing every basketball court and concrete baseball diamond in New York with at least one box and flatbar. The historical average for the longest an obstacle has been able to remain loose in Tompkins Square without confiscation is roughly 10.2 hours. This past November, amidst the 12th & A lockout, the blue flatbar was brought to the T.F. and lasted an unprecedented three weeks before being taken by the Parks Department and thrown in a trash compactor. It is quite possible that this record will never be broken.

Black Dave: A Young Black Entrepreneur

September 22nd, 2011 | 12:02 pm | Daily News | 6 Comments

“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.

(A remix with Smif-N-Wessun and Raekwon is rumored to be on the way.)

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