Last week, a video of Lil’ Wayne picking up where Pharrell left off hit the internet and gathered 127,000 views. Lil’ Wayne’s plan to ascend from “dressed like a skater” status to simply “skater” seemed to be working.
Skateboarders began to wait for a half-assed mixtape collaboration with Pharrell entitled Da Return of Skateboard P. Some even thought it would be a solo tape, perhaps merely Skateboard Wayne.
The comments on Quartersnacks even grew upset with our lack of coverage of this event.
Well, none of you were counting on this website’s brilliant History Department and deep archive of artifacts pertaining to both skate and rap, where 1998 issues of The Source stack against 1998 issues of Slap.
Lil’ Wayne has been skateboarding since at least 1998. Only now, he’s endorsing 5Boro, instead of Powell (his initial sponsor.)
Look no further than the September 1998 issue of Transworld for proof…
Flip through the first twenty pages, and you should arrive at an ad of none other than Dwayne Carter himself, proudly supporting Powell’s mini logo boards.
Yes, we admit that the lighting in this particular photo does render his complexion a bit pale…perhaps he was just coming off a skate/studio/drug binge in light of Cash Money’s uproarious success in 1998. His name is also disguised as “Skater-X.” It is likely that at this time, before Wayne’s career had began to skyrocket, Baby and Slim were unsure as to whether he was best marketed as a skater or a rapper. (Now that YMCMB skateboards is around, they are returning to their thirteen-year-old plan.)
Never doubt the journalistic prowess of Quartersnacks, especially our Rap Desk and History Department, ever again.