Rap has always been a young man’s game. With the Internet leveling the playing field in recent years, that sentiment has never been more true. The Masked Gorilla is the definitive youth voice in hip-hop, covering emerging rappers and producing exclusive interviews since 2009. With that being said, we fittingly teamed up with Green Label for a bi-monthly interview series focusing on young rappers who are on the brink of grabbing mainstream attention. In 1997, Zoo York released “The Zoo York Mixtape,” an hour-long skate video that not only exposed New York City skating to the masses, but completely blurred the cultural lines between skateboarding and hip-hop. 16 years later, NYC skateboarder/rapper Dave Willis is carrying the Zoo York torch for a whole new generation. We caught up with the 21-year-old double-threat to talk about how he got his start, his thoughts on the Zoo York influence, and how he’s preparing for his first rap tour this fall. Click here to read the full interview on Green-Label.
News | October 18, 2013
Black Dave Talks Skateboarding, Rapping, & New York City w/ The Masked Gorilla

Black Dave The Masked Gorilla

Rap has always been a young man’s game. With the Internet leveling the playing field in recent years, that sentiment has never been more true. The Masked Gorilla is the definitive youth voice in hip-hop, covering emerging rappers and producing exclusive interviews since 2009. With that being said, we fittingly teamed up with Green Label for a bi-monthly interview series focusing on young rappers who are on the brink of grabbing mainstream attention.

In 1997, Zoo York released “The Zoo York Mixtape,” an hour-long skate video that not only exposed New York City skating to the masses, but completely blurred the cultural lines between skateboarding and hip-hop. 16 years later, NYC skateboarder/rapper Dave Willis is carrying the Zoo York torch for a whole new generation.

We caught up with the 21-year-old double-threat to talk about how he got his start, his thoughts on the Zoo York influence, and how he’s preparing for his first rap tour this fall.

Click here to read the full interview on Green-Label.