Hip Hop legends graced the stage of The Schimmel Center for the Arts in NYC on November 22nd for the live taping of a groundbreaking new urban lifestyle show called Back In the Mix. Naughty By Nature reunited and performed on stage as did Erick Sermon and Parrish of the legendary duo EMPD and Dres from Black Sheep. DJ Jam Master J'son, son of the late DJ Jam Master Jay was also in the house. The show was hosted by BET and BBC News coresspondant Sharon Carpentar and the co founder of All Hip Hop Chuck "Jigsaw" Creekmur.
The Hip Hop 101 segment will explore the history and the first hand accounts of the years past as told by the legends and those who bore witness to the events that have shaped the culture, the music and the legacy of hip hop.
As the host of the Hip Hop 101 segment, I had the pleasure and honor of conducting backstage interviews with all of the performers. I also interviewed Ralph McDaniels from Video Music Box, Hakim Green from Channel Live and DJ Chuck Chillout a few days earlier at the Source Magazine offices.
EPMD and Naughty By Nature shared stories of how childhood friends joined forces to form world reknowned groups. Chuck Chillout explained how the MC changed the DJ game and what it meant to move the crowd, long before music went digital. Uncle Ralph gave young rap artists a platform long before MTv debuted "Yo! MTV Raps," when NY school kids rushed home to see what was going to be on Video Music Box.
Dres from Black Sheep recounted a life changing circumstance that led to the inspiration for his 1992 smash hit "The Choice Is Yours". And Hakim Green schooled me on conscience rap and who really controls the rap game. From the street corner to the corner office - there are so many elements that have affected the evolution and commercialization of the hip hop culture and rap music on a whole.
Back in the Mix will explore all elements and creativity of hip-hop culture. The show will capture the energy that transformed hip-hop from a local movement out of the South Bronx to a world-wide multi-billion dollar industry. It will captivate audiences old and new alike by bridging Hip Hop’s past with what’s happening today. Back in the Mix will be a celebration of hip-hop while educating a larger popular culture that has embraced it.
For more info on Back in the Mix stay tuned to BSF or visit Vmix.tv.