Sick Boys By Jonathan Livingston Crucial
I saw the skateboard Video 'Sick Boys' in 1990, even though it came out in 1988. As opposed to Powell Peralta videos that were polished and directed or H-Street videos that were segmented into fish-eye lensed, team rider chapters, Mack Dawg Productions shot film of friends (mostly pro skaters) skating all the hot spots in California. The narration by Bryce Kanights gave any skater outside of Cali an idea of how to 'speak' skater. When I approached DJ Crucial about the idea of a 'Sick Boys' skater rap album (twenty years after the original release of the video) based on our lives growing up as whiteboy, skaterboarder, rap listeners in West County St. Louis, he said, 'sounds rad,' as only Crucial can do. We spent the year of 2007 watching ALL of our old skate vids, searching for skits, samples and any kind of reference to that essence we felt as teenagers of what 'cool' was. It was easy. We're still both avid skaters with very child-like qualities. We've been filming our own skate vids every three years since 1994, and almost all our old skater friends still skate. Every new X-Games, every new DVD (no more VHS), every new trick I get to witness turn trendy, I smile...and I think 'hells yeah, look what we did.' Without telling you exactly how I want you to interpret the album, I'll only say, it's yours, not ours, do with it as you may (no rules remember?) It's peppered with music, quotes and themes from videos by Powell Peralta, H-Street, Blind, Plan B, Vision, Santa Cruz Skateboards (amongst others) and of course the original 'Sick Boys' (now out on re-mastered DVD from Mack Dawg Productions), but it's also got nuggets of pop culture from Chris Farley on Saturday Night Live to Sean Penn as Spicoli in 'Fast Times at Ridgemount High' to 'All Your Love' by the Animals. From start to finish, this album is the collection of our evolution, birth to now. Sincerely, skateboarder for life, Jonathan Toth from Hoth [co-signed by DJ Crucial] Thanks for listening to: "Sick Boys" by Jonathan Livingston Crucial.