Guest Star: "Pharrell, Lupe, Terry - All Of Us & All The Momentum Helped This Hip-Hop/Skateboarding Push"

Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 2:45PM

Written by Amber McKynzie for Stevie Williams

[As skateboarding culture continues to mesh with hip-hop culture as seen with Tyler, the Creator and Lil Wayne, professional skateboarder Steview Williams offers his take on both worlds fusing together.]

When [do] I think [hip-hop and skateboarding] started making more progress? When I started making more money. I don't know. When I started making more money, that's when it started to happen.

[With] skateboarding it's like you choose your own style, and when you showcase your footage or your skateboarding on tape or something like that you're putting music behind it. The music the kids in the city would listen to would be hip-hop, so you always want to put your favorite song or a dope beat that [will] go to your footage.

It was all a dream to have skateboarding and hip-hop to go hand in hand because, it was like a church and state situation. I think it wasn't until kids in the city wanted to dress different and be different, and [then] this explosion of a new generation of kids [wanting to be] different looked at skateboarding in a different way.

Those kids are grown now. Those kids are like 18, 19 [years old]. You could kind of thank Pharell, Lupe, The Pack, [me], and Terry [Kennedy]. All of us and all the momentum helped this hip-hop-skateboarding push.

With Wayne coming along right now, it just makes it evolution. It just evolved into something more that let everybody know this culture is really fashion-driven; music-driven; talent-driven and celebrity-driven. It's dope. Skateboarding is probably one of the best underground things that could ever happen to youth culture.

Stevie Williams is a famous street skateboarder that was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 17, 1979. He has a video part in the DC Video, as well as his own shoe. Stevie Williams also appeared in the video game Tony Hawk's American Wasteland and Tony Hawk's Project 8, and as a secret character in NFL Street 2. His current sponsors are DGK skateboards (which he owns), RBK shoes, CCS mailorder, Venture trucks and Gold wheels.

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