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The subject of Lil Wayne skateboarding seems to be a sore spot for skaters who have been doing it for a while. Although Wayne is adamant about becoming a great skater and even has his own line of shoes coming out in 2013 via SUPRA, it still doesn't sit well with some.
Rapper Hopsin, an avid skateboarder dissed Wayne recently saying those that take the sport seriously don't like him.
"Wayne, skateboarders don't like you. I'm telling you that right now," Hopsin said. "Learn, it's cool learn, but don't come out with all this huge buzz about you skateboarding because people like me get upset. And other skaters feel the same way. The only reason skaters hang around this guy is because he's Lil Wayne, but they don't like him. I've talked to skaters, nobody likes Wayne as a skateboarder.
Now pro skater Darren Harper aka D-Streets has released a music video titled "Rollin" where he also addresses Wayne's new hobby.
"Now, take a look around, I got 'em posted up/There was a time black skaters wasn't dope enough," he raps. "I put the strong arm in it, had 'em open up/Now every rapper wanna act like he grinding trucks/So, I guess I gotta thank you/For stealing our sh*t, no thank you/Yeah, you makin' it aware, that's what fame do/I hope it's really in your heart, not just another angle."
Complex caught up with Harper to ask him about the song and get his opinion on Lil Wayne.
"I don't think the verse was a diss," he told Complex. "I feel Lil Wayne skating is a good and bad thing. It's good, because he's on a major platform that will allow other black youth who have shown interest in skateboarding to view it now no longer as a white thing. He is going to help motivate the hood…Now, the bad is it's a smack in the face to the skaters like myself who have been working so hard their entire careers to fulfill dreams that Wayne has accomplished overnight mainly because of his name when he really isn't a skater. Like my verse said, I just hope that [skateboarding] is really in his heart. We all know rap consists of constant trends in order to promote things or persons to gain revenue."
Is "Rollin' a diss? Check the song out below and judge for yourself.