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: