Today in my email I came across a new video from Washington D.C. Producer/MC , Oddisee. The video, directed by Jeremy Ian Thomas plays like a short film and skate video in one. The visuals do not include Oddisee or his home city at all. Instead the focus is on the main characters, 3 members of Long Beach CA skate crew called Hammer City. Caprice Down from Oddisee's album The Beauty In All plays as the background soundtrack of the day for Juice, E.C. & ManMan of the Hammer City skate collective.
Hammer city is a collective of skaters who all live near or in the neighborhood on 14th street in Long Beach California. The crews founder was a skater named Michael Green A.K.A Blacc Mike (ManMan's brother) was gunned down in 2005 over a case of mistaken Identity. Needless to say, 14th street is not a conducive environment for skating, drugs and gangs shadow the landscape but in the middle of it all the kids found an escape, they found refuge in a park they dubbed "Ghetto Park" which later became know as "The Michael K. Green Skate Park."