Interview: John Buccigross is ESPN’s Biggest Hip-Hop Nerd

Friday, December 19th, 2014

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Words by Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)

The marrying of hip-hop and sports has a storied history. From St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason and his dad (Maseo of De La Soul) to (formerly) 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather, sports and hip-hop have been infused for the longest. Heck, look no further than ESPN’s recent screening of “The U Part II,” a 30 for 30 documentary representing the University of Miami’s second wave of success in football. During their reign of dominance it was Trick Daddy’s hometown mix of www.thug.com and Book of Thugs providing melodic fuel for the turn of the century ‘Canes.

Speaking of ESPN, there are fewer, albeit sporadic, instances of the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network meshing with urban culture. Lately though, they’ve attempted to rectify that. Nicki Minaj appeared on Sportscenter as recently as last week to plug her forthcoming album and toss the pigskin around. There has however, always been a hip-hop mainstay at the network and it isn’t an emcee, producer or even a misplaced figurative rap correspondent. It’s Sportscenter anchor John Buccigross and his informed yet eerily nuanced on-air shoutouts referencing everyone from Mobb Deep to 9th Wonder.

The self-proclaimed Bucci Mane and his hip-hop allusions during highlights are nothing new. He says it’s something he’s done even previous to joining ESPN in the mid-90s. It all stems from his love of the culture–something that began long before his anchoring days. Nah Right recently asked Buccigross about the on air rap references, his love of hip-hop and how it all started. What Darryl McDaniels is to Run-DMC, John Buccigross is to Sportscenter. Literally.

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Video: Just Blaze’s Vinyl Collection w/ FUSE Crate Diggers

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Just talks about saving up for his first record (Run DMC album), shows off a lot #rare vinyl and tells stories behind a handful of records he owns.

In this episode Just Blaze, the producer behind Jay-Z’s “Public Service Announcement” and Kanye West’s “Touch the Sky”, talks about key samples that inspired “The Black Album”, a fateful story about Aaliyah and the best lesson he learned from DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Previously: Just Blaze x Media Gasface – Breaks, Bread & $100 Bills (Video)

Gensu Dean ft. Roc Marciano – Yen

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Gensu Dean is a producer from Dallas, TX and his album drops next week on Mello Music Group. It’ll feature David Banner, Run of RUN DMC, Roc Marci, Large Pro, Brand Nubian and others.

Download: Link

Previously: Cormega, Action Bronson, Roc Marciano & Saigon Form Supergroup (Video)

Mick Boogie – My adidas (Mixtape)

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the song “My adidas” by Run DMC. To celebrate the milestone, Run DMC got with adidas to release these Superstar 80s (only 1,986 pairs made) and Mick Boogie put together this mixtape.

Track list and download/stream link after the jump.

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Video: AlBe Back feat. DMC – I Like It

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Off AlBe Back’s Apartment 3 B. Props to Shake

Previously: DMC – I Got More Songs Than You (Video) | Iron Solomon ft. DMC – Sucker MC’s + King

Video: Rev Run, DMC & JMJ’s Mother Speak At ‘Run DMC JMJ Way’ Naming

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Earlier this afternoon, the corner of Hollis Ave and 205th Street in Hollis, Queens was renamed: Run DMC JMJ Way. The event was organized by City Councilman Leroy Comrie and hosted by radio personality, Ed Lover. Guests included: Bill Adler, DJ Scratch, Kangol Kid (UTFO), and Rahiem (Furious 5).

Props to B.Dot for capturing the moment in video.

Earlier: PICS: Walk This Way, 205th & Hollis Renamed “Run DMC JMJ Way”

Previously: Video: Run-DMC Will Finally Get Their Own Street

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PICS: Walk This Way, 205th & Hollis Renamed “Run DMC JMJ Way”

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

The homie Shatek (“Throw It In The Bag Remix”, “X Gon Give It To Ya”) twitpic’d the historic event.

Rev Run & DMC were there of course… even Rick Ross showed up.
(Not really.)

Previously: Video: Run-DMC Will Finally Get Their Own Street

Video: Run-DMC Finally Get Their Own Street

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

205th St. & Hollis Ave will be renamed Run-DMC Way on August 30th.

RR x ThisIs50

Hip-Hop won.

Video: Mos Def – Pistola (Live at The London)

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

In Los Angeles. Hit the jump for De La Soul’s cover of Run DMC’s “Rock Box,” also live in L.A.

Previously: DJ Honda ft. Mos Def – Magnetic Arts

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Video: Hollis Famous Burgers x DMC Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

This year RUNDMC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. He took the award home to Hollis Queens for public viewing at the Hollis Hip Hop Museum/Hollis Famous Burgers.

Previously: Grand Opening of Hollis Famous Burgers/Hollis Hip-Hop Museum w/ DMC