Not only did he skate with power, style and a sick selection of technical tricks, Kareem had something that you can't practice or learn, he was simply cool as fuck - adverts, outifts, graphics, video parts, everything - always at the top of his game, add Menace in to the mix and forgetaboutit. In short, if you skated during this era and wasn't a Kareem fan... then fuck, just stop reading now.
We virtually sat down with Kareem and asked him some stuff that he hopefully hasn't been asked a million times before.
I first started skating locally in my neighborhood, then I start going to Venice Beach.
My first sponsor was Powell Peralta, for about a week but I was really already getting flowed by World Industries from Jeff Hartsell and Jesse Martinez.
Yes I started blue skateboards with Jason Lee and Dune and I got Steven Cales on. Haha, Brad was cool but he just got greedy a times.
We were tight but I was really tight with Rodney Mullen you know, he was like my idol.
He did business very good, he's the one that changed it for most pros to even get paid big checks.
I felt it was better to give them guys a chance because they were all good skaters and plus we were all coming from the same house, no immediate star at the beginning.
Menace wasn't about having the illest kid that's going out and killing himself to be what the company was, it was about real core skaters.
Not everybody got ads, but everybody got paid and travelled worldwide.
Pupecki always fitted in it's just he was a different type of core skater, and there were a lot of skaters that wanted to ride for us but it wasn't really so much that we want to just get anybody, we wanted to keep real skating - not just for a check or to be with the poppin' team.
Yea Fabe part was real dope, but with the Menace video we were really trying to bring it to a whole nother level and I wanted it to be at its highest level, so that's pretty much how do I was handling the vid.
All I can say is that Patrick tried a million and 1 times and I kept flaking, plus my travels and different things I had going on in my life, basically I fucked up. But maybe...
Yes certain ones we keep in contact on a regular phone basis or if not social media make sure that we all stay in touch.
Fabian should be out next year around March and his acting is amazing.
It was just a lot of mismanagement that was going on internally with World Industries but it taught me a lot.
Citystars now is doing really amazing, I like it because it's more of a core skate company and we're takin our time, we doing it right I'm not in no rush.
There's definitely going to be a video and will probably be the most amazing video ever with Menace love in it too.
I am proud of every rider that has rode for my company and they all have natural talents and gifts, but Prod really just shined, he is God's gift to skateboarding.
My girlfriend was pregnant at the time with Kareem Jr.
I had to make sure that I
check it at all times, you never know if she could be going into labor.
But it was just a homie.
Not at all cuz we still hung out everyday and some of us even lived together.
Yeah I was going to ride for Chocolate but there was a couple problems that ended up happening with Shiloh, and I was just loyal to him and my beliefs. That's it, I was bummed out but that's what help me started Menace Skateboards.
It was supposed to be heel flip to nose manual because I had just done kick flip to nose manual but that one just didn't work out.
I love the way Tom penny did his, so I believe he had the best.
My girlfriend was pregnant at the time with Kareem Jr. I had to make sure that I check it at all times, you never know if she could be going into labour. But it was just a homie.
I had 100 percent complete input in my shoes, no one had any input in it - I was designing a dope stylish shoe. I love Reebok 5411 style shoe, but as a functional skate shoe.
Yeah axion was done with Rocco we was 50/50 partners.
Fuck Circa! We was supposeD to do a deal together but they tried to do some trademark infringement shit.
Fuck Circa! We was suppose to do a deal together but they tried to do some trademark infringement shit.
Nah, I was real cool and plus I used to live around the block from Neversoft who developed the game so I was always around, I had a lot of input.
Yes I do Real Estate and I do Telecommunication work, I love money. Cash rules everything around me, cream get the money. Lol
Rodney Mullen, Christian Hosoi, Paul Rodriguez, Daewon Song and the OG Guy Mariano.
I love the Trilogy video because it was something that was very different than any other skate video.
Yeah I skate vert a little bit I used to skate vert on the Culver City ramp but I'm no Colin Mckay or Tony Hawk
Yes sir and I spent it on a sack of weed.
Yeah I'm still in the industry but I just travel a lot you know. I have to bounce around because of my family but I'm everywhere I mean right now you can check me out on Instagram, I'm everywhere.
A skate a few days out of the week, it all depends on where I'm at and who I'm with and how busy I am running these companies.
You would definitely see another part from me and it's going to be something that you least expected because I'm on still on my a game.
I want to thank you guys for the interview, Muckmouth - and everyone should know legends never die.