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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Classic Clips - All-star performance @ Arsenio Hall

Arsenio Hall was one-of-a-kind late night talkshow; he was black, he was a hip-hop head which led to the Arsenio Hall Show more or less was a hip_hop show with a little comedy of course. Hall interviewed loads of legends for as long as the program ran and at the end of the show there was a performance of a song by a rap group that was hot at the moment. In 1994 the show was canceled but Hall and the program director made sure to go out with a bang. Rather than have one artist performing a song, they got Pete Rock as the DJ who played a never before heard or released banging beat and the guests ran like a who's-who in hip-hop at the time.

Over Pete's slamming heater of a beat and occasional scratches the stage was filled to the limit with hip-hop legends kicking about 8 bars each. GURU, CL Smooth, Ol' Dirty Bastard, A Tribe Called Quest, Method Man, MC Lyte, Fu-Schnickens, Jo Jo, Naughty By Nature, Das EFX, GZA/Genius, KRS-One and his ragga protogé Mad Lion.

The banging Soul Brother production was forgotten for years until 2008 when The LOX asked Pete to dig it up from the archives and let them rhyme over it for their record "It's Like That". Said and done, The LOX take on the updated beat was released as a D-Block track (featuring Snipe) in '08. I added a link to that joint as well for good measure. Enjoy both these, I know you will.


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