Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I think skateboarding kinda suck now in a way as far as the new generation is concerned. It's as if no one skates just to skate anymore. Nowadays I see nothing but kids dying to use skateboarding as a way to come up or be sponsored, no one is ENJOYING skateboarding. Yes, there are some sick video parts going down and more talented kids ripping out there, but alot of you are not only doing it for the wrong reasons, but ya'll have no respect for the legends that's been holding it down for years. The other day some kid at LES Skatepark said that Eric Koston sucked. Yes, I shit you not he said Eric Koston is trash...simply because he don't put out new video parts every month like the new generation of skateboarders are doing these days. I had to educate the kid about Koston and how he is one of THE most influential pros of our generation, the man been on a skateboard probably longer than i was thought of, probably before the kid's mom and dad met. Another example of no respect for the OGs will be the infamous Pyramid Ledge moment between Josh Kalis and Grant Taylor (search Kalis's Quartersnacks interview for the story on that). Granted, there are some new kids out there that have respect and get their inspiration from the legends but alot of kids in skateboarding flat out suck, hands down. Another thing about kids in skateboarding is that they are TOO DAMN COMPETITIVE!! Back when i first started skateboarding back in 2003, skateboarding was kinda dead and skateboarders in the hood were pretty much unheard of. When a skater spotted another skater in the street, they will roll up to you and say what's up, and ask to skate around with them and talk and vibe. Nowadays, a skater will roll up to another skater and not even say whats up, instead they ask for a game of SKATE or they ask what's your best trick...that shit is super tacky and sucks the FUN out of skateboarding. I blame this on these big money contests like Dew Tour, X-Games, and more recently, Street League. The point of this post is to tell today's generation that to calm down, stop being so competitive and thirsty for a sponsor, relax and ENJOY skateboarding
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
What happened to the music? Everyday that I get into my car and listen to the radio here in NY/NJ/Conn I get more and more frustrated. The music is horrible. It doesn't reflect my generation. Either it's extremely old or extremely young. Mind you, I don't have a problem with the younger generation and the music that they like. Every generation should be allowed to have their own set of stars. It's your time so enjoy it while it lasts. My problem is that a whole 2 decades of music is missing on the radio. Well not exactly, but it is boxed into an hour on the weekdays and maybe a few hours on a Friday and Saturday nights. Most of the black music that we loved from the 80's and the 90's don't get exposure in rotation on the radio. Or should I say FREE radio. The backspin channel on Sirius XM does a good job. Why can't I turn on the radio in my car and hear Brownstone, Total, SWV, Wu-Tang, Sparkle feat R. Kelly, Kriss Kross, Pharcyde, Ice Cube, Snoop, Dr. Dre, or even Puffy? We didn't get any Heavy-D until he passed away! What was wrong with his music while he was alive? I tried my best to figure this out and I've come to a conclusion....... The Telecommunications Act of 1996 really screwed us! It allowed corporations to own more than one FM in any market! Radio became big business. If they own it, they control what you hear! Radio One is the only black owned company out of all the major corps that own most of the stations across the country! But they don't own enough stations in major cities! Am I the only one who has noticed that this kind of disappearance of music doesn't happen to rock&roll? When music disappears from the radio, history disappears along with it. And when you don't respect your history you tend not to respect those that created that history. Our music has become disposable. And today's artist are not fighting it. They don't realize that one day they will become old school too. And they won't hear there music on the radio either. Just like Big Daddy Kane, KRS One, Public Enemy etc. Why is their classic Rock stations all across this country but not classic Hip Hop stations? I'll tell you why: Cause if you can kill the music, you can kill the respect for the music. And if u kill the respect for the elders, you kill the respect we have for each other. Once that's gone, it's easy to kill one another...... And we're doing just that. History gives one a great sense of self. You gotta respect where you came from to understand where you're going. Music saved my life! I learned a lot of history because of music. It started in school ( most of that is gone also) and continued throughout my adult life. Radio was always there teaching me about the black musical superstars of the past. Even when my parents were working 2 jobs, I had the radio. Now what is radio teaching us? It's really sad.........
Monday, September 10, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
is funny how the new hip hop heads think tyler the masturbator and his bugger crew is "edgey" "different" and what not...but Gravedigaz along with flatliners,Necro and many others where laying it down in a true scary way that made you NOT want to move NY. shit was rugged and raw back then. here's a toast to OLD NY respect the Architecs!
Thursday, September 6, 2012
sup yall this is V. Vaughn checkin in. August...whew what a month i had man, it's been one hell of a month for skateboarding for real yo. Afropunk Festival was sick, for those that don't know, Afropunk Festival is a music and arts festival held in Commodore Barry park located in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn and it boasts performances from great artists such as Santigold, MIA, Cee-Lo Green, Mos Def and Common. The Festival also hosts the Nike SB Battle for the Streets skateboarding competition, which was the main reason i came to the fest. This year's comp to me was pretty tight as this was only the second year of me participating in the Afropunk festival, and this was the first year i chose to compete and represent for the new skateshop i work at called Grindhouse Sports. Another draw to the contest is the guest appearance of Nike SB pro skaters Ishod Wair and Shane O'neil judging the comp on day 1. I showed up early to the event and I was one of the first dudes to sign a waiver to skate the course and check it out before the comp began at 1, it was supposed to have started at 12 but fools were behind schedule. The comp had jams of different divisions: under 15, under 18, and 18 and up (sponsored and unsponsored. The DJ was playing some ill jams to hype up the crowd and the participating skateboarders. I guess I was hyped on the fact that all my homies from different boroughs came thru and skated with me but once the contest began it was a madhouse. Oh yeah i almost forgot-the course consisted of a 3 flat 4 doubleset with a round rail, straight seven stair, a mellow quarterpipe with a bench and a picnic table as well as a sick bank to ledge. Back to the contest-it started off with the groms trying to show us what's up. there was a kid that was pretty consistent with noseslides and he pulled of a halfcab noselide nollie fs shuv out which is impressive for a 12 year old kid. Sorry if i can't give full details of the comp and what tricks went down: its been a week and your author has a habit of lighting up haha but back to the comp. The main event which was the 18-up sponsored division started off on the picnic table where homies were getting tech. Piro Sierra pulled off a nice halfcab noseslide 270 out and Gavin Nolan followed that up with a stylish kickflip backcrook on the top part of the picnic table. Shane McGrane came thru with a flatground backside blunt and front bluntslide on the top of the table. Next came the quarterpipe and bank to ledge session where we see dudes like Cheeto and Leo Heinert flying around the course. Leo was one of the dudes flying around, pulling off sick bonelesses and indy grabs across the quarterpipe, but he was also getting tech too, going at the bank to ledge with nosestall nollie lateflip out. At the end of the day, it was Dennis Miron, Leo Heinert, Nate Rojas, Cheeto Olay, Gavin Nolan, Piro Sierra and Pat (forgot his last name sorry). Right after the event, Ninjasonik came thru and got BUCK!! The Moshpit was pure insanity, crowd was live as fuck they performed some new songs as well as their classics such as "Somebody Gonna Get Pregnant". Cerebral Ballzy came thru and turned shit up to the max bringing the vibe of old school punk, no more of that bullshit ass emo music that you kids call "punk". After that I checked out a band called The Memorials, a talented band out of the Bay area. First time i ever heard them and needless to say, they will be goin on my Ipod lol. Das Racist performed and had such an ill set and the night ended with Ms Erykah Badu performing and on "Love of My Life" Mos Def showed up and kicked a verse out of nowhere, that i didn't expect!! Day 2 of the festival, the day started with the finals of the Nike SB Battle of the Streets competition. I skated the course but I didn't qualify so when the comp began I just sat down and watched everyone kill it for, in Keith White's words..."that tuition money". Like the day 1, day 2 was a madhouse. One of the highlights was Brandon Johnson back 360 down the doubleset in two tries and Carlos Cerrezano with a bluntside first try down the hubba. Brandon and Carlos got 1st and 2nd respectively in the under 18 division. in the 18-up division, homies was goin HAM!! Piro Sierra was straight owning the course, hitting every obstacle with style. One of his many bangers was a nollie backlip down the doubleset rail which earned him the big win with Leo Heinert coming in 2nd and Cheeto came in 3rd. Right after the comp, Flatbush Zombies came thru and got every one turn'd up Brooklyn style!! Alot of beautiful women was in attendance, but they mainly came to see Travis McCoy and the Gym Class Heroes perform. Janelle Monae performed and killed it with such high energy, not to mention she is gorgeous as all hell haha. The funniest thing is that Gym Class Heroes didn't even perform because Travis was sick, but i did get to see Reggie Watts perform like a god live and TV on the Radio rounded out the night. I wanted to stay for the afterparty but by then my knees were sore from skating my ass off in the course all day and I just wanted to go home and sleep the weed n booze off. Thanks to my job Grindhouse Sports for giving me a board when I needed it to skate the contest and promote the brand and shout outs to all the East Coast brands that were holding it down for our city and shout outs to Keith for making the comp live as fuck on the mic with his commentary, shout outs to Afropunk for being the ONLY festival where not a single ratchet hoodnugget was spotted. Goodtimes and I will be back again next year. This is V. Vaughn and I'm signing off for now, Peace GOD
Monday, September 3, 2012
wassup yall this is V. Vaughn making my introductory post thanks to the Capt. for letting me put my views on here as well as giving me the chance to hit yall wit some bangers haha this is all im gonna post for now until maybe the next twenty minutes or so enjoy nahhmean!!!