10 Classic Showtime at the Apollo Performances

These days, you can tune into any number of late night shows on various networks and you’re pretty much guranteed to come across at least one decent Rap performance per week. Failing that, you can always jump on Youtube or your favorite blog and review the countless live clips that find their way into the “cloud” each day. This was not the case in the 90s.

Back then if you wanted to see a live performance by your favorite rapper your options were limited to The Arsenio Hall Show, In Living Color and on Saturday nights, Showtime At The Apollo. The iconic Harlem stage, which hosted countless performances by the legendary Black artists of our time over many decades, also hosted some of Rap’s greatest. For the latest installment of our Video Vault series, we picked 10 of the best.

Click here to read Video Vault: 10 Classic Showtime at the Apollo Performances

Previously: Video Vault: The Top 20 Rap Videos of 1993 | Mixtape Memories: 10 Classic Biggie Smalls Mixtape Cuts

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26 Responses to “10 Classic Showtime at the Apollo Performances”

  1. cOLD Says:

    vent skrait to the rae ghost jodeci jiddoint

  2. cOLD Says:

    one thousand dolla links on
    ayo shorty got dollars in the stash get cha drink on

  3. Kid Cudi Says:

    Locker room full of money

  4. cOLD Says:

    ayo I love my power u warm
    study islam.

    ^ haha… my nigga ghost forever.

  5. cOLD Says:

    oh shit the steve harvey fro…

  6. Sonny Moore Says:


    Theres your troll gang


    BEEN told niggas

    it wasnt even hard to tell

    thats why you dont see free gay and Harmless World no more

    them niggas exposed themselves and then fell back like a real nerd/geek should

    what kinda nigga pretends to be another nigga, in a comment box of a blog

    you already concealed behind a screenname

    why the need to wear a mask over a mask?

    them nigga get/got no pussy

  7. Sonny Moore Says:

    nigga said it himself

    “i only masked up as Jackson7 and B..i didnt use no other masks..”

    WTF is wrong with niggas???

  8. Dr. $ Says:

    you already concealed behind a screenname

    why the need to wear a mask over a mask?


    You could ask that question a million times and never get a logical answer

  9. Kid Cudi Says:

    ios7 is dope as hell

    Love the song for alarm option

  10. Kid Cudi Says:

    New Slaves has the best verses of the year

  11. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    Lol old crackhead cried when freezus swacked his Sn

  12. S.I.K.H Says:

    Free working on his music that`s why he ain`t around

  13. cOLD Says:

    I bet kev wishes his baby moms could mask up.
    broad look like a pulled hamstring in the face.


  14. ***biggumskiller*** Says:

    Claudette Ortiz>>>

  15. Cold Says:

    Claudette Ortiz>>>

    ^ yerp

  16. Dr. $ Says:

    I wonder if Aaliyah would still be a star if she was still around….or would she have went down the drugs lane..

  17. No shots, like stray dogs Says:

    Every time we have a black person in the office to get interviewed my co worker predicts whether or not they will get the job. Most of the time he says they wont and he is usually correct. Whether or not the person will get the job never comes into question when they are white or asian. Traps been set.

  18. Mag Says:

    Jews always had off shore money that gained them respect in government.

    Blacks had labor. once work was finished the line was cut.

    Harlem was once Home… That shit white now.

    Cant wait for harlem based movies remakes. and they coming.

  19. Kid Cudi Says:

    What field you work in Brandon?

  20. ayo Says:

    Niggas talk shit but they lucky to be having them office jobs. Putting niggas down for having legit jobs is some bitchmade shit. You think you better cause you make more? You a bitch. I wish I can get an office job but no job finna hire me. They do a background check and its a wrap for me no matter how over qualified I am for the job. I gotta get it how I live and make this bread off my strength. Niggas BEEN self made. Fuck what you heard.

  21. ayo Says:

    Hip-hop doe>>>>>>>>>>

    I need that in my life

  22. ayo Says:

    Whatchu know bout running around town bombing the whole city up and have plain clothes run up on you to only spray them in the eyes with the can to get away


  23. ayo Says:

    We bout that life

  24. ayo Says:

    These niggas aint hip-hop, they just journalists. Go write an editorial bout how we live nigga.

  25. The Don Dubb Dollar$ Says:

    Salute Ayo

  26. THe KiD FRanKiE Says:


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