Harlem is most known for its flashy clothes, loud music, and good food. During the 1980's Harlem became street fashions most notable location, all thanks to fashion designer Dapper Dan. While Harlem was striving in every aspect of urban culture they were also blessed with legendary street soldiers who lived and died by the code.
James Cedric Hayden, also known as “ Dirtbike James” was born January 9,1971 in East Harlem, New York.
Growing up in Harlem during the 1980s, money was the most important thing on every hustler’s mind. Unfortunately, for James at the age of 23, he was sentenced to 48 years in federal prison for drug charges. During his time in federal custody, the FBI tried their hardest to convince James to cooperate, under federal law to receive a lighter sentence. James has always been an honorable man who believed death over dishonor, and the feds couldn't shake him.
But his story doesn't end there. Thanks to our FOREVER President Barack Obama, James was able to come home earlier. Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 into law that dramatically reduced a 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between powder and crack cocaine, which disproportionately affected minorities. His administration also advocated for, and the U.S. Sentencing Commission approved, the retroactive application of these sentencing guidelines which became effective
Thankfully for this new law "Dirtbike" James, returned home on time served after completing 19 years in federal custody.
After serving 19 years in the feds, James took on the duty of educating the neighborhood youth about the history of dirt bikes, and the importance of finding a hobby you love. He joined forces with the bike family "Go Hard Boys", and became on of their most notable riders. His obsession with dirt bikes grew by the day, he even dragged his babygirl Jasmine Jones to all of the latest sport events.
Celebrities such as Fetty Wap, Kirk Frost, and Ronnie Faisst, are also members and major supporters of the bike organization. For the past 8 years GHB has also hosted turkey giveaway drives for the less fortunate sponsored by Jim Jones, Fetty Wap, and Saucey Extracts. Dirtbike James would soon be renamed and internationally known as “The General” of Go hard Boys.
Unfortunately James passed away March 3,2020 due to a heart attack. With a legacy as strong as his Harlem will forever pay their respects to the legendary "Dirtbike James"
Watch his mini clip below.