Legend has it that the first N.W.A. show took place in Compton’s Skateland roller rink. If you’ve seen the movie, Straight Outta Compton, you are familiar with the scene that illustrates the cultural hub that was the roller rink and the sheer magnitude of N.W.A’s popularity. This performance marks the birth of “Gangster Rap”, even though none were in a gang. They didn’t wear red, or blue- they wore all black.
Skateland opened its doors in 1984 and quickly became a refuge in a city bombarded with gang activity. A short few months from opening its doors and it became the most important hip hop venue in the history of south Los Angeles. Hosting east and west coast acts like Queen Latifah, Tone Loc, and EPMD. A local radio personality, Greg Mack, aka The Mack Attach, actually paid for a broadcasting line to be installed so he could broadcast his show live from the Saturday skates.
At Down & Derby we take a lot of influence from movies and pulp culture. Though we may never be able to match the message that N.W.A conveyed we can only help to match the energy surrounding the message and pay tribute by skating, drinking and dancing to some of our favorite tracks.
Saturday October 10th skate into Spirit and Skate Outta Compton as we pay tribute to gangster rap and Raiders gear.
West Coast Rap provided by:
JX4 & Hank D
$6 with RSVP $10 at the door
Skate Rental available for an additional $5 or you are free to bring your own
**SKATE AT YOUR OWN RISK**
WE, DOWN AND DERBY, ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INJURY SUSTAINED WHILE ATTENDING DOWN & DERBY. SKATING, DRINKING, AND DANCING IN ANY COMBINATION IS DANGEROUS AND YOU COULD SERIOUSLY INJURY YOURSELF, SO BE SAFE!