Many media outlets are touting the 89th Academy Awards, set to air later on tonight, to be one of the most ‘political’ Oscar ceremonies in recent memory; if the previous award ceremonies this season are anything to go by, it’s very likely that Hollywood’s stars will be using their platforms to talk about one important political issue or another.
A Tribe Called Quest need little, if any, introduction- but on the off chance that you’re not familiar with the Queens NY collective, we’ll try to clue you up. Simply put, MC’s Q-Tip and Phife Dawg, DJ/Producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad and satellite member Jarobi White – otherwise known as A Tribe Called Quest – are, without question, one of the most celebrated, influential and innovative hip-hop groups in recent memory. This is not shallow hyperbole, nor is it misplaced admiration; ATCQ were at the epicentre of the ‘alternative hip-hop’ movement in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and have inspired legions of subsequent hip-hop artists and groups from Outkast to The Roots, from Kanye to Pharrell, from Kendrick to Cole. For real, if these dudes aren’t amongst some of your favourite rappers, they’re most probably amongst your favourite rapper’s favourite rappers. You follow?
If you follow skateboarding with even the most passing of interests, you probably caught Reda’s recent documentary ‘Brian Anderson on Being a Gay Professional Skateboarder’. Even if you don’t particularly follow skateboarding, news of BA’s coming out has clearly transcended the boundaries of the industry with news outlets such as The Guardian, Rolling Stone and the NY Times all reporting on the recent events. Considering the depth of passion that skateboarders have for their culture, the importance and increasing prominence of the LGBTQIA movement, and also the radness of BA and his stellar career, it’s no surprise that the documentary (which you can peep below, for context) has sparked important conversations in skateparks, and skateshops across the globe. It’s no different for us here at THE6BY6, so we’ve decided to throw our six cents out there and reflect on the many reasons why Brian Anderson’s coming out is important for the culture, industry and future of skateboarding.
Whether you’ve been to a festival in Croatia dancing at sunset on a beach, travelling to exotic places or simply enjoying a few bevvies with the squad post-work, chances are you’ve revelled in the kinder temperatures of last few months. Few things in life are as pleasant as enjoying the rays of the summer sun while listening to apt, soulful and summery tunes; as such, here at the THE6BY6 we thought we’d hit you with a snappy list containing the bangers that have been the soundtrack to our summer. Whether you want to hold on to those summer vibes, make the most of the fleeting September sunshine, or stockpile some jams to keep you going through the cold winter months, we’re sure you’ll find a new favourite in the list below:
Jam- The Pain- Marv- Martin. A small man of many names, who loves but a few things; his shit car and his skateboard chief among them. Thankfully, he likes us enough to provide us with a gem of a ‘6 Tricks’ edit. Check it out below!
He fixes lifts, he speaks Spanish, he always smells good and, as legend has it, he once ate an entire hot dog in a single bite. Uno Lifto Engineero Darren Roe – better known in these parts as Sloth – is the latest DSP local to lay down 6 tasty tricks for your viewing pleasure.