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7 Classic Yo! MTV Raps “Live Fridays” Performances

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Ip is back at it with a new compilation of iconic moments from Yo! MTV Raps. For this week’s installment of our Video Vault series, he dug up some crispy clips of some very memorable performances from the official MTV archives. Check out these “Live Fridays” segments with Big Daddy Kane, Wu-Tang Clan, Redman and Del the Funky Homosapien and relive the era. A Tribe Called Quest’s performance of “Check The Rhime” and KRS-One’s live rendition of “Outta Here” where everything at the time.

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Previously: Video Vault: 14 Artists Promote Their 1994 Album Releases onYo! MTV Raps

10 Hip-Hop Artists Go Shopping at Amoeba Music

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

In an era where digital music sales are beginning to outpace those of long ubiquitous physical mediums such as the CD and vinyl, the cultural experience of shopping in a record store is increasingly in danger of being lost to time. But outlets like California’s Amoeba Music, which has stores in San Francisco, LA and Berkeley, continue to prove that brick and mortar music retailers still play an important role in music retail.

With their expansive catalog and knowledgeable staff, they strive to provide music lovers with a unique experience and personal touch that you just don’t get at the big box stores that have seemingly monopolized today’s physical music market. For years now Amoeba has been doing a series called “What’s In Your Bag?”, in which famous musicians peruse their extensive inventory and speak about their in-store purchases. For the latest installment of our Video Vault series, we collected some of the most interesting episodes featuring Rap artists and producers.

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5 Underappreciated ’90s Posse Cut Videos

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Posse cuts just ain’t what they used to be. Every now and then we’ll get a good one, but more often than not the lead artist is just looking for an excuse to show off the depth of their Rolodex. If you long for the days when big name lineups actually delivered, check out our list of 5 supremely underrated posse cut videos from the Golden Era.

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Previously: 5 Classic Snoop Dogg Performances of Doggystyle Songs

5 Classic Snoop Dogg Performances of Doggystyle Songs

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

The OG Snoop celebrated 20 years of Doggstyle this month, so we collected a few clips from some of his most iconic performances of the era. The “Murder Was The Case” spectacle during the 1994 MTV VMAs, during which Snoop was facing life in prison for the murder of Phillip Woldermarian, was nothing short of legendary. Check out that and 4 other classic Snoop moments at the link below.

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10 Classic In Living Color Performances

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

As I’ve mentioned previously, 90’s Rap fans hungry to see live performances by their favorite artists had few options outside of actually attending a live show. Of course, this wasn’t a realistic option for everybody, particularly if you were an 12 year-old grade school student with zero funds and parents that weren’t having it. Like Showtime At The Apollo before it, sketch comedy show In Living Color was one of those rare television programs of the time that gave light and a national stage to “of the moment” Hip-Hop artists.

Unlike Showtime At The Apollo, In Living Color aired during primetime on a weekday, so their groundbreaking sketches and Rap performances were frequently the number one topic of conversation for kids at school the next day. Had Twitter been around back then, I have no doubt your timeline would have been flooded with Homey The Clown quotes and Wanda screencaps. But these were simpler times and so the conversation usually had to wait until the following day. I can clearly remember the excitement in the schoolyard the day after Gangstarr closed the show out with “DWYCK”, or when Eric B. and Rakim tore the house down with “Know The Ledge”.

For our latest installment of our Video Vault series, Ip compiled some of the greatest Rap moments from the show’s five season run.

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Previously: 10 Classic Showtime at the Apollo Performances | The Top 20 Rap Videos of 1993

10 Classic Showtime at the Apollo Performances

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

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.

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

The Top 20 Rap Videos of 1993

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

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Previously: 5 Classic Wake Up Show Freestyles | 5 Pre-Reasonable Doubt Jay-Z Videos

Video Vault: 5 Classic Wake Up Show Freestyles

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

A live mixshow freestyle can be a make or break moment for an aspiring MC. It’s an open challenge to prove your mettle for a live audience that is largely unique to Hip-Hop and every rapper, from the inexperienced to the veteran, is expected to rise to the occasion. As longtime co-hosts of The Wake Up Show, Sway and King Tech bore witness to the rise of some of the greatest MCs of our time and the list of artists who have come through to bless their mic is both extensive and star-studded. We collected some the most memorable clips from their legendary show for our latest installment of Video Vault.

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Video Vault: 7 Classic SMACK DVD Clips

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Some of you younger folks may find this hard to believe, but back in the days before the ubiquity of Youtube and that other low rent video streaming site, finding fresh visual content from your favorite rappers used to demand a certain amount of effort on the part of the viewing public. At some point during the early 2000s, a guy from Queens named Smack started putting out regular mixtape magazine style DVDs that featured uncensored interviews, freestyles, battles and low budget music videos from all of the hottest rappers of the moment.

These DVDs gave fans a rare and unfiltered look into the lives of their favorite artists, often in their natural habitat, and were passed around the hood like the local jump off. The influence of SMACK DVD can still be seen in the content that now floods the web on a daily basis: I’m willing to bet those “In-Studio” performance videos probably wouldn’t exist if not for them and Smack’s follow up venture, the Ultimate Rap League battle franchise, is as popular as ever.

For the first installment of our new Video Vault series, we collected a few epic moments from the heyday of the SMACK era for your entertainment.

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