Summertime Mixtape Vol. 8 – Kevin Taylor, ‘Ryde Or Die Vol. 1’

Kevin Taylor – ‘Ryde or Die Vol. 1’

Coming up in an indelible era with an impervious spread of tricks and no bad photos ever to his name, it’s strange that there never really seemed to be a definitive Kevin Taylor part in the period that made his name. It didn’t really capture his roaring speed and effusive line construction captured in Stevie Williams’ ‘Reason’ part, but his ‘Ryde or Die Vol. 1’ opener is probably the best document for one of the quiet East Coast titans — there is a crazily over-rotated kickflip backside lipslide on one of the Love Park bench backs, a Baker2G-worthy careening rollaway on the half-cab bluntslide, and the lengthy buildup to the Daewon picnic table configuration ender, one of the best Transworld covers of its golden age. His fairly exhaustive ’42’ part from a few years back is still super heavy.

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