Sunday, March 09, 2008

Personally, I am not a huge fan of MTV anymore. Why? Well, the biggest reason is that they seem to have sold their musical roots down the river for stock in the wack reality TV craze that's sweeping the nation these days. I wish they would get back to playing music videos and live concerts again one day. Looking back on MTV's long history, I definitely feel that their greatest accomplishment would have the be the creation the hip-hop classic Yo! MTV Raps. The show was hosted by Ed Lover and Doctor Dre, and if you considered yourself a true hip-hop artist from the late 80s to the mid 90s that's where you wanted to be. This is where hip-hop lived back then, period! It's difficult to put into words how critical this show was to the overall hip-hop movement that we know today, but please believe it. One of the saddest days in hip-hop history is when MTV ended the Yo! MTV Raps show in 1995 after seven seasons on the air. Instead of going out with a bunch of sad goodbyes, Ed and Dre decided to turn the final episode into a farewell celebration. Damn near anybody that ever touched a mic was in the audience during the the final episode of the show. It ended up being one of the longest emcee freestyle sessions ever aired on television. It was definitely a monumental hip-hop moment worth remembering.

Freestyle session one included verses spit by: Rakim, KRS-One, Chubb Rock, Erick Sermon and MC Serch. Freestyle sesson two included verses spit by: Redman, Method Man, Large Professor, Special Ed and Craig Mack. Flavor Flav was spitting some jibberish as the credits rolled, but fortunately it was not included in these clips. I have provided links to both sessions below, so check them if you haven't or add them to your hip-hop archives if you have. Make sure you peep them either way.



Along time ago somebody told me that Tone Loc was the best rapper in the game reppin' the Westcoast? It was probably because of this song right here:

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