Kick, push

JC, rapper/skateboarder, chucks up the deuces. Photo by L. Laing.

Lupe Fiasco and Lil Wayne made it cool recently for hip-hop heads to skate, but local rapper JC had an affinity for skateboarding and hip-hop for a minute.

The 17-year-old high-school senior has been skating and spittin’ bars since age 8. JC, born Joshua Carovinci, said he didn’t take rapping seriously until age 14. He reps for Dickson City, Pennsylvania, an area 4 miles of Scranton. Scranton-based rappers “have a certain raspiness in their voices,” the rapper explained.

Most recently, JC dropped his sophomore mixtape. He christened the mixtape Go Hard because of his current go-getter mentality. To market himself, JC goes to stores and sticks his business cards in XXL rap mags. Go Hard is a follow up to his Flows 2 Deep mixtape.

JC channels his inner Gucci Mane and rides the track well on Go Hard’s “Lemonade.” And on “Life Ain’t Easy” and “You Are Everything,” he highlights his passion for music. Hip-hop vets Jadakiss, Eminem, Styles P, Run-DMC, Rob Base and Beastie Boys are some of his faves. He told vigoronline.com that he had an epiphany when he saw Beastie Boys’ “Intergalactic” video.

“I [write] stuff down to express myself,” he said about rapping. “That’s what God made me for.”

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