Today's post was inspired by my friend Paul Walker, who yelled at me to write more about hip-hop. To all of you, I present this, what I believe holds up as easily the greatest musical moment on MTV (and I will argue this to the death). A wonderful send-off for the beloved Yo! MTV Raps, this huge cypher session represents a bygone era of hip-hop, which during 1995 was still hitting numerous artistic peaks, a couple years before the infamous "shiny-suit" era would predict a rather dire downturn in the genre's creative fortunes. One need look no further than the lineup in these videos as evidence that hip-hop was rather unbreakable. A special nod goes to the choice of the Pete Rock remix to Das EFX's "Real Hip-Hop" to serve as the backdrop to the majority of the session, surely one of PR's very best productions; the swirling beat is such a perfect fit for the rappers that it's no wonder they keep it going and going and going.
I was still an awkward, sullen adolescent in 1995, but it's stuff like this that makes me miss those days pretty heavily sometimes:
And as a little bonus, here's Ol' Dirty rocking some inherbriated wreck on Yo! circa probably the same year. His public meltdowns might often overshadow his music, but here's why we miss him immensely: