So it’s a casual Monday morning and I throw on some random DJ Drama Gangsta Grillz Mixtape while I’m doing morning things. Music that slipped into the background while I worked, but then through the generic boom bap comes these horns atop this beat that I am VERY familiar with. I can’t place my finger on what skate video it is from but I can just see Brandon Biebel doing long ass nosegrinds in giant t-shirts. Is is it chomp? is it Mouse? Is it even Biebs? I have to search the who sampled database and found that it was a Ghostface song.
So I put that on and immediately I know what video it is from, its Yeah Right! and a song that felt more like an instrumental score to his part than an actual song opened up to me in a whole new way. I immediately opened up his part in Yeah Right and muted it to sync up with the original ghostface song that the beat was pulled from. I don’t think my 16-year-old brain could comprehend something gangster enough to actually rap over this beat so I assumed it was just a cool beat. It took me over 10 years to soak in all th Wu-tang classics to get it.
Is it possible to feel nostalgic for something new? It’s helped by hindsight, where 2018 bodybuilder, wallriding over a trashcan Biebel leaves me wanting for this older one who I assumed was as gangster in real life as any of these rappers pretend to be. I mean he did a 360 dunk and already had a voice like a horse at like 20 years old. I was afraid of Beibel, he seemed like the type of dude who would punk little ass me.
This wasnt one of my favorite parts back in the day, I wanted to see people jump and go fast. Skinny me couldnt relate to jeans that big and NBA looking shoes. But now it is some of my favorite tricks, long nose grinds, proper nollie heel tricks. The nollie heel in the tank-top where he immediatly points to the camera and starts talking shit is golden.
This part is really kind of a greatest hits for him because he does all my favorite tricks at the best spots for them. Some of the manual tricks sound like someone wrote them out on paper just to combine the best of biebs abilities.
This part just caught new life, Supreme Clientele is now in my car so the session is going to get hyped up on some classic Biebel hyphy.
I was lucky to met Dan last weekend after hearing Josh tell stories about him since we met. He is a ridiculously creative skateboarder whose skating has a sense of humor. Since I’m not gonna post anything by that “Instagram company out of a skate park that is a warehouse that is a website” here is an older part that is mostly up in North County anyways. You cans see the building blocks for the mind bending stuff he comes up with being laid here.
This clip is my favorite parts of mikes skating. It’s kinda like he is making fun of skating. It’s not taken too seriously and bits of magic float to the top while the soup is cooking. The best part is being able to skate anything and this translates to when he skate skateparks too. Probably why PQ is his favorite park because there is so much to try and make happen. Skating with him is a blast I need to find a way to capture that for the zine.
From the issue 5 artist section comes Louis doing the one true art, skateboarding. Lots of hard tech tricks and things done the hard way. I’ve never done a handrail so I can’t relate to that, but i have a craving to grind every ledge and this part speaks right to that.
Joe was one of my favorite skateboarders from back in Ridgecrest and is totally responsible for much of my trick selection. This was some tricks at Home Ave followed with the ollie on Valley Parkway in front of Barnes and Noble in Escondido that was the back cover of Issue #1.
We took a quick 3 days to head to the desert and ride some new concrete, just to mix things up. The feeling of discovering something new and doing a trick on something you haven’t done is around every corner. Even if you skate poorly you probably will get something new. Trips like this rule because you get to shake out all the dust that is accumulating in the corners of your comfortable routine.
I only went back and watched this part because he skates to Lil’ Wayne and I was listening to some weezy during my flatground session; think of it like gym music. Watching the part though made me realize how long ago 2014 was. If Theo was a rapper he would release a boring album packed full of features from OG’s on Death Row. He skates slow and mostly skates manuals. He does double flips. He made his career in Baker 3 just being a little black kid with a hug smile and a love for skateboarding. Well now we have Kader who is much more enjoyable to watch. I can’t help but feel like skateboarding left Theo behind with this part. He already didn’t party so he just moved on to skating his backyard spot and saying “Belee Dat!” Even 4 years later skating to Lil’ Wayne would seem too corny to put in a mainstream video. Skating likes to think of itself as a small secret club, so someone bumping top 40 artists, wearing athletic gear and sports team hats makes skateboarders skeptical. Theo does not care about your trends. He will crack a Mt. Dew and get to have a session with the same Lil’ Wayne he skated to and they will laugh about how corny we are.