Rappers Who Skate, Skaters Who Rap
Most skaters were skeptical when skateboarding became fashionable in rap; those who stuck with it may finally be gaining some acceptance. Though they don’t all wear it on their sleeves, you would be surprised to find out which rap figures like to #exploreonfour.
“Skateboard P” went so far as to create his own Ice Cream skate team. He has also featured skating in videos like “Happy.”
- Lupe Fiasco
The always-rebellious Lupe Fiasco unknowingly came up with the definitive skater’s anthem with “Kick, Push.” Speaking to the song’s success, he has said “It was never supposed to be a single. It was for a skate shop called Uprise for a skate DVD and then it just took on a life of its own.”
- Terry Kennedy
Terry Kennedy has been on MTV’s “Viva La Bam” and is sponsored by footwear brand Supra. But he showedhis skills at rapping off as a member of Fly Society, should he ever look to make further moves within music, he will already be ahead of the game thanks to his head start.
Regularly up to antics as somewhat of a hip-hop nuisance, skating is one of the things Hopsin takes seriously. Featured all over Youtube engaging in his side hobby, Hopsin should perhaps consider a career path as a professional skater given music’s uncertain nature, he is certainly talented enough to excel here as well.
Though plenty evidence exists online, Yelawolf keeps his passions of making music and skating separate. Speaking on his second love, he says, “It’s something I do, it’s something that I love doing, but it’s nothing that I’d ever want to exploit. I think skateboarders respect that, and I think that’s why I’ve been embraced within that culture.”
Skating since the 1980s, Murs has been an active skater long before it became a trend. Making no secret of his love for the art “Transitions Az A Ridah” and “Skatin Through The City” (the latter from his new LP Have A Nice Life) explain what it was to be an outcast for pursuing this hobby in his narrow-minded section of Los Angeles.
- Black Dave
As an up-and-coming rapper, New Yorker Black Dave is already known in the skate world. Having developed fruitful relationships with Zoo York and Supreme, earlier this year he released The Skate Life EP in partnership with Scion AV.
- Joey Bada$$
Originally skating as just a hobby, Pro Era captain Joey Bada$$ has surely made it a bigger sensation in New York with kids idolizing his every move.
As an extension of Terry Kennedy’s Fly Society clique, the enigmatic Curren$y is one of the last MCs we would expect to embrace skating. Mostly known for his car and footwear infatuations, his devotion to skate life runs so deep that he has even worked on his own skateboard collaboration with Sneaker Politics, a company in his native Louisiana.
- Wiz Khalifa
Though it’s been more of a recreational thing, Wiz Khalifa has placed the same emphasis on learning to skate as he did towards becoming an elite rapper, showing off his progress through viral social media videos.
- Chris Gentry
Despite never becoming a famous household name, Chris Gentry was one of the first to make strides in both worlds of rap and skateboarding. Developing his own channel CGNN (Chris Gentry Neighborhood Network), he has displayed himself performing tricks on YouTube and featured rap legends such as Scarface and Too $hort.
Between selling his own brand of skateboards and prominently featuring the sport in his videos, Fash’s loyalty to the art can’t be called into question.