Kareem Campbell

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Kareem Campbell (born November 14, 1973) is an American professional skateboarder. He is known for popularizing the skateboard trick "The Ghetto Bird" which is a nollie hardflip late 180°.[1][2] He was born in Harlem, New York. Throughout his career Kareem has been sponsored by World Industries, Axion Shoes, Nixon Watches, Alphanumeric Clothing and more.[3]

Skateboarding career[edit]

Kareem Campbell was an innovative professional skateboarder in the 1990s. He was featured in the World Industries videos "New World Order", "20 Shot Sequence", and "Trilogy", which are regarded as classics to many skateboarders. He has been called the godfather of smooth street style.[4][5] He eventually went on to spawn another company of his own under the Dwindle Distribution umbrella, though he continued to ride for World Industries.[6] He also helped found Axion Shoes.[7] After Menace, he went on to create City Stars Skateboards also under the same Dwindle Distribution umbrella. He still operates City Star Skateboards to this day.[8][9]

Campbell was already a well-known figure in the skateboarding scene, but rose to mainstream fame in the late-1990s after he was featured as a playable character in the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video game series.

Post-skateboarding career[edit]

Kareem Campbell now resides in Dallas, Texas and works in a variety of business ventures, notably real estate.[10] His nephew is professional skateboarder, musician, and Odd Future associate Na-kel Smith.[11]


  1. ^ martinkus (14 October 2006). "Kareem Campbell Ghetto Bird" – via YouTube.
  2. ^ Juice Magazine (1 May 2014). "Kareem Campbell Interview".
  3. ^ "Kareem Campbell Profile < Skately Library". skately.com. Archived from the original on 2018-10-31. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  4. ^ "Classics: Kareem Campbell's "Trilogy" Part". Thrasher. September 16, 2014.
  5. ^ "Muckmouth - Kareem Campbell kareem is featured in Tony Hawk video game as a playable character. Interview". October 9, 2013.
  6. ^ "Menace Skateboards < Skately Library". skately.com. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  7. ^ "Axion Footwear < Skately Library". skately.com. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  8. ^ Official City Stars Skateboarding website
  9. ^ Kelly, Ben (October 13, 2009). "Profilin' With Neftalie Featuring Kareem Campbell". Transworld Skateboarding. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  10. ^ "Kareem Campbell". Juice Magazine. 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  11. ^ "Na-Kel Smith | The Nine Club With Chris Roberts - Episode 64". The Nine Club. 2017-09-18. Retrieved 2020-11-25.