Eric B and Rakim: Follow The Leader.
I know this is probably a favorite of many of you reading this right now... but this video holds more significance than just its permanent place on your I-Pod.
So, what up, yâ€™all?
As you all know, itâ€™s Black History Month, and its commonplace to highlight certain important facts in our history. Well... this right here is not only important to hip-hop history, I felt like it was definitely an important era in Black history as well, so weâ€™re gonna give it some due today.
Relaxâ€" and take notes.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Yo! MTV Raps, which enjoyed a run from 1988-1995.
For those of you who donâ€™t know, Yo!MTV Raps was a two-hour long program hosted by Ed Lover and Doctor Dre (some of you younger ones may be more familiar with their work as HOT 97 on-air personalities). The show, which highlighted the latest hip-hop videos (If you didnâ€™t get it, it was the first program to premiere the Eric B and Rakim joint.). It was the first of its kind, paving the way for shows such as BETâ€™s Rap City and MTVâ€™s in-house replicas such as Direct Effect and Sucker Free. Most importantly, it brought hip-hop videos into the homes of cable subscribers (and skeptics) in Middle America, thus further solidifying the momentum of this ever-growing culture.
While Yo! featured the creme de la creme of emcees (Run-DMC, Naughty By Nature, Tupac Shakur just to throw some out there) and even more memorable episodes (who has seen the drunken Olâ€™ Dirty Bastard one?),
(Sorry, I had to do it-- now this is raw!)
unfortunately, it experienced a decline in popularity by 1993 (receiving shorter air time), until it was called a wrap in 1995.
But right now, weâ€™re not focusing on the negativitiyâ€" weâ€™re giving props. Speaking of which, I wanna holla at my 80's headsâ€" drop some knowledge on these snappers and trappers and let them know from an observerâ€™s point of view of what this show meant to you. Your stories are very much appreciated.
Aight, itâ€™s time for me to cut out for the weekend, but you know I couldnâ€™t leave without lacing yâ€™all the right way. Below is a clip of the larger-than-life cipher featured in the series finale of the show.
Who yâ€™all think spit the hottest flow?
[This clip is about 10 minutes long, but SO worth extending your coffee break]
KRS, I SEE YOU! Treat 'em right, Chubb!