In 1985 I was growing up in Angeles City, in the district of Pampanga, Philippines. One of my first memories was the Penitensya that took place in my neighborhood during Holy Week, which begins every year in April, around the same time I am writing this.
A person more familiar than most with the legendary skater’s story is a childhood friend and actor Max Perlich. The two sat down at Hosoi’s Huntington Beach storage unit to reminisce about old times and talk about things to come.
Street-corner rap battles. Freestyling at underground house par- ties. Lyrical illumination of the hardships of the oppressed. These vignettes of early American hip-hop have crossed the border to set up shop all over the world.