All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip Hop and Skateboarding (1987-1997)

All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip Hop and Skateboarding (1987-1997) ★★★½

“It didn’t matter where you came from, but as long as you fit in that puzzle.. you were good.”

So many legends in this.. older generations and new.

A compelling document measuring the cultural currents of hip hop and skateboarding in NYC from the 80’s into the 90’s. Along with histories of emerging and predominant hip hop acts of that time, the doc charts the beginnings of such cultural brand identities like Zoo York and Supreme. 

It’s great to see another skate filmmaker venture into the film world, and Elkin successfully weaves the character of New York City into the story through the film’s frenetic and stylistic editing. His choice to crop the archival to 2:35:1 at times frames the footage fairly awkwardly, but I was mostly able to look past this.

RIP Harold, RIP Huf. 🖤
Elkin focuses on the right subjects, so it’s identifiable seeing Ricky Oyola, Rosario Dawson, Harmony Korine, etc.

Would’ve loved to have gone to Mars 2112, forreal sounds like a dream club. Also need to give Mixtape a rewatch now, given it’s probably been close to fifteen years since my last viewing.