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I sit here attempting to write, just for the sake of writing. Lost in the seemingly endless chaos that fills my mind as I try to find the best words to supplement my first article. For this specific piece I will be reflecting on my first love, skateboarding and how it’s effects have shaped my life for over a decade.
I picked up a board for the first time at the age of ten and I was instantly hooked. Summer 2004, the hot pavement is vibrating and rumbling my feet as I ride down the street in front of my parents house. The cul-de-sac is flooded full of neighborhood kids riding scooters and getting air off of bent up black 1080 ramps. For those of you that remember, those could send you flying in the wrong way if you know what I mean. I was enamoured. My path was quick and painful but my intimacy with skating only grew.
By twelve, I was sponsored by our local skate shop. I was getting good quickly, kickflipping over stairs and even creating my own tricks. My days would start with breaking out the dusty vhs & playing my favorite skate video “Blind’s What if?” As my eyes pierced the tv screen I envisioned myself doing those tricks and even breaking them down as to what I could eventually try.
By fourteen all my friends had given up skateboarding. I was alone skating by myself most of the time. What attracted me to skating in the first place was being outside with all my homies pushing each other to become better. Sadly, I ended up putting my board down as well. In my four year absence I began writing & recording my own music. The same attitude and fearlessness learned through skating had translated into my writing. When I turned 18 I moved to South Florida for college. I couldn’t help but see all the spots I could do tricks on & eventually bought myself a new board. I had remembered all my tricks from before and my love for skating was till there if not stronger.
In the last seven years I’ve been building on what I know. It has taken me to places where I’ve skated with professionals, even become friends with some. Now at twenty five I find myself teaching kids how to skate in schools & summer camps. That’s right, I get paid to skate. I interact with kids who are the same age I was when I picked up a board for thefirst time. The sensation is surreal.
Skateboarding opened up my mind in ways I would have never imagined. It has allowed me to see life from a different perspective. If you fall get back up and try it again. Try again and again, until you make it. That has become one of the most profound and sound lessons in my life. It has not only instilled in me courage, but the discipline and drive to pursue a career in art. Now, I own a recording studio and teach kids how to skateboard for a living. What more could I ask for? My advice is to pick up a board, a paintbrush, or a microphone; whatever it is that brings you that passion and do it purely because of the love for it. You never know where it will lead you.
My fucking guy ZEO is an amazing musician and peer of mine that I met via SoundCloud a bunch of years back - still crazy how that shit works. This man is so incredibly talented and has such a unique sound that organically sets him apart from his competition - and that’s on top of his crazy stage performance and crowd control that I witnessed the first time we linked in person. That event sparked from an invitation to come play at his show, in his home town, at the Saratoga Springs, New York local hangout - the Putnam Den. From that day forward, I have been nothing but inspired by this man’s work and wish nothing but huge success and more collabs with the homie in the future!
Roll up and tap in to ZEO’s new music video for his kick-ass track “3:AM” below.
Stream ZEO’s latest work - > Enjoy The Ride EP - https://fanlink.to/EnjoyTheRideEP
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/zeoforever
Twitter - https://twitter.com/zeoforever
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/zeoforever
Director/DP/Editor: Brett Arndt - https://www.instagram.com/b.a.cinema/
Producer: Cosmo Orlando - https://www.instagram.com/cosmorlando/
EP: Daniel Covarrubias - https://www.instagram.com/killagram/
AC/Gaffer: Mike Koziel - https://www.instagram.com/mkoziel/
Now before I even get into breaking this project down, y’all know how much we LOVE cannabis and Curren$y the HOT Spitta.. right?! A legend on any scale, Spitta built his Jet Life empire off of a plethora of THC-infused mixtapes with the Pilot Talk series, How Fly w/ Pot Ent. favorite Wiz Khalifa, Weekend at Burnie’s, The Stoned Immaculate and New Jet City being a few to name (but we totally recommend breaking down a pound and exploring his discography on a stoney weekend).
Fresh off of his high-energy Rolling Loud Miami performance, Spitta links with OG record producer Statik Selektah for their latest masterpiece - Gran Turismo - a classic-filled lineup featuring some of the greats (Jadakiss, Wiz, Jim Jones, & Termanology) pairing Spitta’s low-key vocals with the perfect selection of beats to listen to while you put one in the air this weekend.
Honestly, I feel like this is one of Spitta’s strongest and most cohesive bodies of work over the past few years so this is a DEFINITE MUST LISTEN for any and all hip hop and cannabis fans. A few of our favorite jernts off of the project are “Nothin New (feat. Wiz Khalifa & Haile Supreme)”, “At Night (feat. Jim Jones & Haile Supreme)”, “Dirty World”, & “Clear (feat. Jadakiss)” but let’s be clear.. THE WHOLE PROJECT IS GAS.
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From start to finish, this new LONEWOLF directed Na-kel Smith single “BAGGAGE” is absolute flames. The more clean shot, effect-less music videos are a step-away from LONEWOLF’s usual productions but MAN - this shit goes so crazy. With a super-solid plot about Na-kel handling some unfinished business, this visual kept my eyes glued to the screen the entire time. The song itself is fucking crazy! And to be honest, I have not seen Mid90’s myself, the huge feature film that Na-kel himself played a major role in, but after this solid ass video - I know what I’m going to do next.
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Whether you’re into super lyrical hip hop or mainstream pop bangers, Logic is a name you should be familiar with in 2019.
As a fan since his 2013 release Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever , this new album is definitely something I was very happy & surprised to wake up to on release day. I could not stop myself from cracking up at the little skit at the end of “Homicide (feat. Eminem)”. To be honest, it sounded a bit like Tyler the Creator to me.. I’m curious as to who’s got the credit! And holy shit, it was amazing to hear Eminem come back on the track and drop flows I’ve never heard in my entire life! Next level rap shit man - pay respect where its due!
On the other end of the song spectrum - Logic taps Gucci Mane for their unique-sounding “Icy” record that seems to have gotten stuck in my head over the weekend. Does Gucci ever not snap?
Other tracks I enjoyed were “Still Ballin (feat. Wiz Khalifa)”, “Keanu Reeves”, and what about this Will Smith feature “Don’t Be Afraid to Be Different”? BANGER!
Stream Logic’s new album Confessions of a Dangerous Mind below:
Mike SB is back again with another up-tempo summer banger titled “PREACH” for his fans. WIth this heavy 808 luke4pres produced single, we look forward to sounds of his second 2019 full-length release titled Do What You Love releasing July 27th.
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On January 18th, 2019, upcoming South Florida musician Mike SB released his project ‘Chase Your Dreams’ to the masses. With an eclectic blend of vibes from mellow keys to hype underground hits, Mike SB is proving himself to be a staple in the South Florida hip-hop scene.
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