Cash Only Popeye’s

Click to enlarge. The scan is from the extensive Gino Iannucci archive over at the Chrome Ball Incident. The other day, we were talking about how great it’d be if the Javitz Center was still around. New York could definitely use another empty park with a bunch of three-sets, some mellow ledges, and no bust factor.

Some people pointed out a few omissions from last Friday’s rap video skate part post, namely Quim Cardona from Eastern Exposure 3 (which wasn’t an actual part), Joey Suriel from Street Cinema (only an intro, but his choice of rapping over a Beanie Sigel and Rick Rock collaboration is quite admirable), and some obscure Dave Mayhew part mentioned in the comments. However, Dave Mayhew has already accomplished enough in skateboarding by reinventing the way mankind perceived footwear with the D3, and pre-dating Carroll’s popularization of doing impossibles out of things with his Storm part.

Also regarding the aforementioned article, the Black Ninja co-signed his inclusion. He is certainly the best rapper of the bunch, and at this point, probably the only skater who should be rapping to his part (although the bar is pretty high for his next outing.)

Did you know that Chad Fernandez has a twin brother who’s a UFC fighter? (Via Eby)

It’s no secret that the C-Benches are a D-list downtown spot (actually, there are no A-list downtown spots, so maybe that bumps it up to a C-list downtown spot), but on the slim chance that you have been itching to skate there, the whole plaza is under construction for now. It looks like they’re not touching the benches, and only replacing the floor, which would be a good thing. Unless it’s clunkier than the current floor.

Well, this was certainly expected.

Diamond Days #49. Word is that they’re going to do a special GOLD edition for #50 with a big Steve Berra 5050 like 411 did for their 50th edition. Features footage of Corey Rubin AKA Corey from Finland, and a very impressive maneuver on three-up three-down.

Quartersnacks International Links: Butter Goods promo out of Perth, Australia (that low metal ledge spot on perfect ground from Full Flared, etc. looks like the funnest place on earth), and a Familia Skateboards promo from South Africa. Always cool when people from all over the globe shoot over links to such a local, inside-joke-filled New York site.

Quote of the Week:
Yaje: “Does anyone want to buy a set of wheels?
12th & A Lurker: “I’d buy them if they were Rictas.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Rap Video Skate Parts

It seems that whenever Jereme Rogers releases one of his “rap songs,” conventional skateboard media outlets continue to grant him exposure. These videos usually draw the ire of those nostalgic for the Coliseum era, when Jereme was switch flipping stairs to Buena Vista Social Club. Even non-skate related circles have given his frequent masterworks of second hand embarrassment some contemplation. We’re all guilty of (well, not Quartersnacks…not until this post anyway) offering Jereme airtime, instead of ignoring him in hopes that he would simply disappear or get committed. He, like many other inadequate rappers, subscribes to the fallacy that equates having “haters” to success. The only way we could win is by not paying attention.

However, his recent rap videos and audition tapes for a potential sequel to Whiteboyz are not the first instances of skateboarders attempting to mesh themselves with the mystic world of rap music. The following is a (cautionary) guide to the occasional rap video skate part, and why it has typically been a bad idea, long before Jereme Rogers made us wonder if he bumped his head too hard when he fell off the mattress in Wonderful Horrible Life.

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