Song: “Jungle Lion” by Lee “Scratch” Perry & The Upsetters
Skater: Lewis Marnell
Video: Nike; Nothing But The Truth (2007)
Prospector’s Top 3After doing his best Lil’ Jon impersonation, Lewis Marnell proceeds to set himself apart as a cutting edge skate technician. Once again he’s at the top of his game with regular and switch tricks down rails, stair sets, and gaps.
1. Line; Nollie Backside 180, Switch Big-Spin Heel-Flip (3:04)
2. Switch Kickflip Backside Shifty (look closely!) (1:58)
3. Switch Hard-Flip (1:23)
Marnell’s music taste marks him as Shred’s first twice-featured skater. Perhaps we should have buffered with a more recognizable reggae classic, but why not get right into some “roots” with Lee "Scratch" Perry; an artist whom you’ve definitely heard of, but perhaps have never actually listened to. He’s amazing and here are a few reasons why: He’s responsible for recording (as an artist himself) or producing some of the most important reggae albums ever released. He was instrumental (no pun intended) in Bob Marley’s rise to mega-fame. He’s credited as one of the creators of Dub. And he’s listed on Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Not such a bad resume.
On a side note, I’m going to rate this week’s video NSFW (as our employed readers might not want their boss seeing a Rasta skateboarding to Reggae on their screen while considering annual reviews, slackers). Funny how such a tornado of non-corporate friendly content can represent Nike. Could it be that Nike is merely ‘pretending’ to be an authentic skate company? Purists originally opposed their leap onto skateboarding’s popularity-growing bandwagon, however things like the extraordinary salaries they pay their skaters and their vastly popular retro skate shoe line seem to alleviated such accusations.
Download | The Upsetters | Double Seven (1974)
I'm no reggae collector, but I do know that there are certain times and places where nothing fits any better. So when those situations present themselves, Double Seven should always be within a click away. Not that this is your prototypical "reggae" album. It bends genres (soul, psychedelia) enough to be considered progressive even outside of the reggae world. The jam.