Pop star Justin Bieber recently opened up on his relationship with Grammy-winning hip-hop heavyweight Lil Wayne, specifically centering his attention on just how good he feels Weezy’s skateboarding skills are.
Rather than put Wayne’s reputation on the line, Biebs detailed their different style of skating.
“He just hit me [up] the other night,” Bieber said. “I was going to go to his video shoot he had. He was skating here [in Los Angeles]. I was gonna go skate with him, but it was like 4:30 in morning [when] he called me. So it was really too late for that. He’s into skating, like that’s his life.” When asked to rate his own skills versus Weezy’s, Bieber explained that it’s more complex than that. “I mean, it’s different,” he said. “I like more street stuff. He does a lot of vert stuff. Vert is like ramps and street is like rails and kick flips. [They’re] different in their own right.” (MTV)
A few weeks ago, Wayne described how much the skateboard culture has taken over him.
“Skating has become one of my pure passions, I believe I’ve found myself,” Weezy said. “Let me give it to you this way, I needed something more. When I picked up that [skateboard] deck, I was like I want to skate, I want a ramp on my roof now.” (Ace Showbiz)
In March, the platinum-selling rapper promised to become the best skateboarder alive by 2013.
“I promise you, this day, next year, I will be not ten times better, not a hundred times better, not a million times better, but the best,” Weezy promised in a video dated March 12th. He’s still got a long way to go, but Lil Wayne is taking this skateboarding thing very seriously, and you can see the improvement in this latest video. When Tunechi sets his mind to something, he takes it as far as possible, and this new skating obsession is no different. He even went so far as to build a ramp at his Miami home, and every week we see new footage of him hitting up various skate parks around the country. (Complex)
Not only embraced by Bieber and the Young Money boss, Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah recently co-signed skateboarding’s hip-hop bond.
“Skateboarding and hip-hop is one and the same. Hip-hop is a way of life. How we walk, dress, talk, how we do things. Y’all say swagger – I’m not using that word because I’ve been using that sh*t a long time ago, it’s just what it is. When we was break dancing, that was hip-hop. Skateboarding, that’s still hip-hop. I had a skateboard, too, when I was younger, you know what I mean. It’s still hip-hop. We rode bikes, all that sh*t, it is all together. It’s a culture, yo. Whether you skiing or whatever, it’s all together.” (Karmaloop)
Check out Lil Wayne’s skateboarding skills below: