Beats, Grinds, & Life
interview by Animal Chan
headshoties by Tiger-Bomb & 3rd Wheel
skateshoties by Atiba
In the not-so-micro microcosm of skateboarding few can match the skyrocketing popularity of Chad Muska. And just like all the greats of the sport, he has helped to shape skateboarding through his physical as well as his mental. In other words, there's more to this skater than just skating. From the way he wears his pants to the type of music he bumps in his walkman, kids all across the world recognize. With a burning blunt in my hand the Muska and I started buliding on Beats, Grinds, & Life.
KRONICK: Are you originally from Vegas?
CHAD: I'm from alot of places, man. I was originaly born in Ohio and lived there for 2 years. Then I moved to Philidephia. I lived in the Jersey/Philidelphia area from when I was 4 to about 8 or 9. Then I moved to Arizona and lived there for a while. Most of that time I was in Vegas. That's when I started skating.
KRONICK: So how old are you?
CHAD: I'm 21 years young.
KRONICK: I was wondering, since you're easily one of the most popular skaters in the world, where's the wierdest place you've had someone recognize you that you didn't expect.
CHAD: Hmmm... Weird places... I think one that really triped me out was going out to South Africa and just being there and having people just come up to you and actually know who you are. I mean South Africa... it's like, youknowhatImean, like being so far out there. It's just crazy that people would recognize you for skateboarding all the way out there. It's some crazy shit.
KRONICK: What was South Africa like?
CHAD: That place is like... it's unlike America, youknowhatImean? It's as different from America as it can get. They're on some 3rd world shit right there.
KRONICK: Oh yeah? So the poor people are poor as fuck?
CHAD: If you're poor in South Africa... you got it rough. Straight up. You're either rich out there or you're poor out there. I thought America had ghettos, knowhatImean. But when I went out to South Africa I was like, "that's the ghetto". Fools with machine guns walking around, it's crazy. I trip on how skating has actually given me a chance to go out there and experience that place, knowhatImean? People actually recognize me for being a skater. It's rad, definately stokes me out.
KRONICK: I saw you on Mtv for the Sports & Music Festival. You did a little interview with the Dust Brothers. I was curious about what you think of Mtv and other non-skate related media getting in on the skate scene.
CHAD: I'm so stoked on it. I think it's such a positive and good thing that's gonna help sh
ow skateboarding to other people who haven't had a chance to see skateboarding, and understand that that's what we can do on a skateboard. They have to see that skateboarding isn't about being some young punk kid riding around causing trouble. We're actually doing crazy things like landing some rad tricks. I think it's just rad that they can publisize it and get it across on TV and get it out to all those millions of people who watch it. I'm just bummed out that this year it got rained out. We didn't get to skate there. I'm psyched on Mtv's situation as opposed to the ESPN games. I don't really agree with that whole (ESPN) thing because of the way they portray skateboarding, like it's a big contest. Like you're training and trying to beat everybody. But skateboarding is about having fun with your homies, skating, and chilling and having fun whenever you do. That's what skateboarding is to me, so I'm psyched on Mtv.
KRONICK: You're one of the most popular skaters out there right now. In Hip Hop when you reach a certain level of fame and success people start to "playa-hate" as they say. Do you ever feel like you're being hated on?
CHAD: Most definately. Hell yeah. That's just all a part of it. People are gonna be looking at you crazy because maybe you're getting more props than they think you deserve. But it's all about whether or not people are gonna be
stoked on you for who you are. Alot of times it's not just about what you do on the skateboard, sometimes when people can relate to you or what kind of person you are they might be more stoked on your skateboarding. Definately. Once you get up there in the ranks, just like anything, people are gonna say, "oh you're selling out, you're doing this, you're doing that". You see, skateboarding is my job nowadays and I'm just trying to make some money at it while I can. I'd still do it for fun, I love skateboarding to death and I have fun doing it. But if I have the chance to make some money doing it, hell yeah I'm gonna market myself and do it right. I'm not gonna say "fuck you" to Mtv. Some people are gonna say "he's selling out", but fuck that. It's all about exposing the sport and getting the sport out there and doing your thing. I like to take skateboarding
to other levels and have fun with it at the same time. I would be doing this even if I wasn't get paid... but then again getting paid is nice. Hehehe.
KRONICK: Let's talk about this whole music thing. What's up with Muska's music?
CHAD:I've been involved with music my whole life, man, and that's what my motivation for skateboarding has always been. I'm just
using the dedication I've put into skateboarding and using that same dedication for music. Now I'm dedicating 100% to it, putting all my thoughts and everything into it, and trying to make stuff that people are gonna appreciate hearing. My music is all about the streets, living life on the streets, living life, and all the struggles that happen, maybe even all the crazy thoughts you have in your head all coming together into play. That's kinda what my music is gonna be about. Right now I'm just working as hard as I can and trying to get my stuff out there so people can enjoy it. If people don't like... well, they don't like it, that's their opinion. It's basically for my own enjoyment to make beats. Hopefully other people will enjoy it also. I don't know... I'm just stoked on making music. That's what my life is about right now. I'm just skating during the day trying to get some tricks on film, take pictures, whatever. Then I come home, smoke a fat blunt, make beats, come out with a fat beat, listen to it, put it in the ghetto blaster, go skate the next day, and have a good day. Hehehehe. That's what that shit's all about. Tryin' to travel the world and try to promote skateboarding around the world, and find influences for my music around the world in crazy places. Skateboarding and music go hand in hand. It's all the same thing to me, youknowhatImean. It's all relevant, they all come together.
KRONICK: Do you kick lyrics too?
CHAD: I haven't been one to rap too much in the past, except for a little freestyling at parties and stuff, but I got a few thoughts in my head that I'm gonna kick out on my tape. Throw a few verses down, ya know? But I'm not gonna be rapping on a whole song or anything. I might throw down some tracks for a few of my homies that rap. My shit is actually gonna have alot more instrumentals. I'm gonna try and get some skateboarders that rap to be on it too.
KRONICK: Oh yeah? Like who?
CHAD: Steve Olson.
KRONICK: He raps?!
CHAD: YEAH!!! The dude is the craziest rapper, ever. He's like a genius, man. He's been reading books all his life, like a scientist. So I'm about to lay some tracks for him, cause he's got some crazy knowledge to spit to the world.
KRONICK: Does he sound like anyone I would know?
CHAD: Nope. Just O.G. Olson. Hehehehe. That's what it is. Man, there's no one out there like him, I think.
KRONICK: Who else are you doing tracks for?
CHAD: Hopefully in the future, I'm supposed to do some tracks for Kool Keith and Ice-T. I'm trying to work out some shit with my hommie right now. If I get to lay some shit down for them, I'll be psyched.
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