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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Skateboarding and the Olympics....

Hey what's going on ya'll? I know, it's been quite awhile since I posted up on here, my computer crashed so it took me a minute to get it together but here I am. Today I am here to speak my thoughts on skateboarding being an Olympic sport. For some of you that are unaware or don't read or watch current events, the Olympic committee had decided to introduce skateboarding as an new event in the 2020 Olympic games. Personally I feel it isn't good for the skateboarding community at all. We already have events like Dew Tour, Street League, the X-Games and several other events that showcase the best of the best skateboarders from around the world. We don't need anymore mainstream events being ran by some dudes in a suit that never once stood on a skateboard in their life. I remember when people hated skateboarders, I remember when people called skateboarders lames, faggots, emos, security kicking us out, cops called on us for skateboarding. Skaters used to get shitted on for doing what they love. Now all of a sudden it's the acceptable thing to do? I always loved the rawness and expressive honesty that is skateboarding and I loved the fact that we were our own tight knit collective because there wasn't many of us. Yes there were contests then but those contests were being ran by skateboarders, for skateboarders and supported by skateboarders. Nowadays it seems like a lot of the bigger companies that had ZERO involvement with skateboarding now wants a piece of the fiscal pie skateboarding is cashing in with its newfound popularity. The pros of that is that these bigger companies are keeping our favorite skateboarders skating and taking care of them as the professional athletes that they are. the cons of that however is that alot of the skater owned and operated companies we skaters grew up on and love is slowly but surely dying out because of the fact alot of people love skateboarding fashion and trends but not the actual act of skateboarding itself. Kids buy skateboarding clothes but not boards itself, next thing you know companies like Organika and Expedition One is declining either making their team smaller or in the case of companies like Fallen, call it a wrap and close its doors. To me that is unacceptable and we as skateboarders need to think instead of embracing everyone that throws a big paycheck at us. Skateboarding and skateboarders always prided themselves as being an individualistic activity and not being an organized team sport. My concern is that the Olympics will turn skateboarding into everything it ever stood against which is skaters turning into jocks and more people fencing in the skate community to a bunch of parks when really skateboarding originated in the streets. Skateboarding to me carries the same soul and essence of hip hop music: both gritty, raw and full of fun and passion and both being tarnished by too much mainstream exposure and money at the expense of the integrity of the folks that participate in it. We need to keep skateboarding just that-skateboarding. Sure the we won't get the Lambos or the big ass mansions but what we had was heart and character, we had rawness as well and we as skateboarders need to treasure that instead of looking for every opportunity to make a quick million at the expense of what you stand for as a skateboarder and a person. We need to make skateboarding core again

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Lifestyles of the Broke & not famous

Skateboarding will always be a lifestyle NOT a sport. don't forget your roots. #neveranolimpicsport

what a time to be alive!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Ghostface Killah and his Sour (but sweet sounding) Soul

Okay first off I want to apologize for the long ass hiatus I had, been swamped with alot of work and studying, I haven't been skateboarding as much as I'd like to let alone write and share what I discovered with you great folks at home. Now that is out of the way, let's get into the topic at hand, which is this great album I am writing about. The album in question is brought to you by none other than the Wu Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah, who is, in my opinion, THE most consistent member of the Clan and one of the best solo storytellers PERIOD. In early April 2015, Tone Starks himself released an collaboration album with a Toronto-based jazz instrumental group BadBadNotGood titled Sour Soul. I honestly never heard of BadBadNotGood so I decided to listen to their previous work before this album and they are a very talented group of dudes that can jam some ill jazz and funk and they also collaborated in the past with Odd Future. With that said, I pressed play on this album. The intro (Mono) plays out like a one minute movie intro with a suspenseful undertone, like introducing an villain into a story. After that the title track Sour Soul starts, which Ghostface starts out with "ayo, cleanse me, clean me of my sour soul and fishes/my mind races from the satellite dishes/no technology, this world's corrupt/they can't feed me food for thought, I won't budge". However my favorite line came from verse 2 in this track-"Pure Alkaline, that fluoride it'll fuck you up/I seen a spaceship fly out the back of a truck/Diamond water I've been splashed by the fountain of youth, had a molar fall out, I grew in a gold tooth, bulletproof..." I can type up the entire verse but too lazy to do that but I think ya'll get the message I'm trying to convey on hard as fuck the lyrical content of this single track here is. Next track titled "Six Degrees" featured a verse from Danny Brown who I was surprised to hear on an album with Tone Starks. Right after that it kicks into this thirty second jazz break which sounded something like a heist scene in a Pam Grier movie from the 70s. The next track, "Gunshowers" is actually my personal favorite out of this album, which also features one of my favorite MCs Elzhi from the group Slum Village. one notable bar from this track: "Highly contagious, Bathsalt flows leaving bodies all on stages/Locked behind cages, Don of all ages/Its Ghostface nigga never plead in the cases/But I plead the fifth, four-fifth by the belt buckle/Crack stone-faced niggas with the steel of a knuckle/Go ahead and chuckle, I have uncle murder your goons/Hoes in balloons, ODing off rice from Columbia". I'm telling you, the lyrical content and production values is like something I have never heard in a hip hop album in my life and I consider myself something like a hip hop purist. "Stark's Reality" is a 2 minute instrumental adding a dark undertone with the guitar notes and violin use. Another great track "Tone's Rap" is like a pimp memoir being voiced by Ghostface himself, it just seems so raw yet funky at the same time and I am loving it!! Truth be told, Sour Soul is such a great album and has so many great sound attributes that I can type about here but don't really have the time to so I apologize in advance. One last thing I will add is that this album also features an track with MF Doom titled "Ray Gun" and this track also is something like a teaser I believe for the upcoming Ghostface/MF Doom collabo album to be released later this year. I'll be honest: I first downloaded this album to my phone after hearing it on Youtube but this album is so good I purchased the physical copy of this album from F.Y.E. It is very WELL WORTH the ten bucks I dropped to cop this album. If you ever heard Ghostface's last collabo he did with Adrien Younge "Twelve Reasons to Die" then you'll definitely love the production and storytelling of this album from Ghost and BadBadNotGood. Hope ya'll enjoy this brief write up and I will be back with more consistent updates on this blog from here on out. Peace. oh and here is a link to the album. hope ya'll enjoy :)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A little late but..

                                                         WE WELCOME YOU 2016!!!