Two out of the five people interviewed in last week’s thing about choosing music mentioned how Nirvana isn’t the easiest thing to pull off. That hasn’t stopped either of them from trying, or affected the recent spike in people slipping Kurt and the boyz into edits, e.g. check the first song in that Johnny Wilson video from two weeks ago.
This brought us to another hypothetical QS water cooler conversation A.K.A. having adult beverages after giving up on skating: in our time of increased societal anxiety, why has the 1990s’ other icon of musical angst been so under-utilized in skate videos? Basically, why does barely anybody ever try skating to 2Pac?
There’s no shortage of edits to Big L songs uploaded every “Summer Trip To New York” season. T.J. skated to Biggie in the encore to his “BLESSED” part. That one guy on Shake Junt just skated to three Pimp C songs in a single part. Eazy E was the first rapper who skated, so that goes without saying. And skaters love 2Pac — there’s a fucking 2Pac x Primitive collab (…and Skate Mental board …and a DGK board) — except for a dude who recorded something in the ballpark of seven million songs during his short time on earth, you’re more likely to see someone skating in a Pac t-shirt than actually skating to his music. The 2Pac results on SkateVideoSite’s song search feature aren’t empty, but are mostly cheesy remixes where they mash him up with Biggie, and Berrics “Trickipedia” videos.
The lazy answer we arrived at was that skating to 2Pac was bold. Some casual research revealed that’s not actually the case, since some of the best usage in the distant past has actually been pretty tongue-in-cheek: the Lee Dupont part in Chomp On This (the video whose ethos still inhabits every “you guys actually like this song!?”-comment left on the QS YouTube), the R.I.P. Wilshire Rails section from Bake & Destroy, and one of the Decenzo brothers sharing a part with Sacha Daly to “2 Of Americaz Most Wanted.”
And even so, skaters love a bold song. There’s like fourteen ender parts full of kinked rails, screams and thrown boards being edited to Pink Floyd as you read this. The only semi-serious, good Pac part we can recall is Malcom Watson in the 1998 Arcade video, Gumbo (and kind of Ellington’s in Baker Has A Deathwish…though it’s one of those aforementioned posthumous remixes obvs.) This isn’t exactly a challenge for Ty Evans to edit Nyjah’s next part to “Only God Could Judge Me” — just writing to point out a peculiar hole in the lineage of skate video #musicsupervision, especially when most other pockets of nineties rap have been mined into depletion.
Previously: Heavy Airplay All Day With No Chorus