Five Facts You Should Know About Black Dave

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“All I do is rap, all I do is skate,” explains Black Dave on the hook to his “Rap & Skate” calling card. It’s a fair summation of the Harlem-based rapper’s style, with Dave combining an upbringing in skate culture with a hip-hop career that’s been sparked by his recent Stay Black mixtape. But what really makes Black Dave tick? Hive sat down with Black Dave and teased these five very pertinent facts out of New York’s next uptown rap figure.

1. He’s Very Influenced By The Movie Kids

The first time he saw the Harmony Korine-penned movie Kids, Black Dave says he was “mind blown but I felt comfortable ’cause I knew that was representing New York City and skateboarders who were my age right now.” It’s an inspiration he’s carried through to his recent “Muthafuck! My Enemies” video: “It’s based off Kids, not with the AIDS behind it but kinda if it happened in 2013 and I was the main character. We paid homage to some of the scenes and shot them exactly the same way they were shot. It’s the new age Kids.” As for the girl in the opening scene? “That’s my girlfriend,” says Black Dave coyly.

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