BET Cancels Rap City

Posted: October 1, 2008 in Randomness
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BET network has confirmed plans to cancel its long-running Hip-Hop series Rap City by the end of this month.

Created by broadcasting veteran Alvin Jones in 1989, the video series chronicled Hip-Hop’s growing video music market, competing directly with Yo! MTV Raps.

The fledgling series was able to distinguish itself from its larger MTV competitor by not just focusing on mainstream rappers, but also championing videos and interviews from underground and up and coming artists.

Originally hosted by “The Mayor of Rap City” Chris Thomas for its first several years, Rap City’s “golden age” was 1994-1999, when the program was hosted by the colorful and knowledgeable duo of Joe Clair and Leslie Segar AKA Big Lez.

In 1999, the two hour slot was repackaged as Rap City: Tha Basement and christened with new host Big Tigger.

Tigger’s run birthed the popular Freestyle Booth session, where MCs would feature their best rhymes or freestyles following their interviews.

After completing their verses, many times with Tigger joining in, the MC(s) would traditionally sign the booth’s wall.

These freestyle sessions produced memorable performances from artists such as Ludacris, The Roots, Killer Mike, Chamillionaire, Jay-Z, Jadakiss, Obie Trice, Xzibit, Cassidy and numerous others.

Since Tigger’s 2005 departure, the show failed to establish a concise direction, running through a myriad of hosts and focusing on commercial artists, which failed to showcase Hip-Hop’s diverse talent pool as done years before.

Consequently, the show was reduced to a one hour time slot as ratings suffered.

The final Rap City episode will air on October 29, making it the longest running Hip-Hop program at 19 years.

The show is scheduled to be replaced by The Deal, an hour long video series hosted by DJ Diamond Kutz on November 10, according to AllHipHop.com.

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Comments
  1. gr says:

    FUCKIN FINALLY KNAMEAN THIS SHIT WAS DRAGGIN THE FUCK OUT WACK ASS NEW HOSTS EVERY WEEK NO VIEWERS>>>WACK ASS FAKE ASS HIP HOP BASEMENT SHIT DONT EVEN FUCKIN LOOK LIKE A BASEMENT NO MORE….NIGGAS WAS GOIN BROKE HAD TO SELL THE PROPS ON THE OLD SET TO KEEP THAT SHIT GOIN lol…

  2. shamecca says:

    guess i won’t be watching BET anymore unless its to watch Somebodies (they new comedy show) other than that rap city was the only shit i watched
    once in a blue moon. oh well.

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