Back in 1992, Yo! MTV Raps was in its fourth year of breaking hip hop and rap music to the mainstream. The groundbreaking TV series changed MTV programming and music history forever. Doctor Dre, Ed Lover, and Fab Five Freddy interviewed the biggest stars of the day. We first met Tupac as a member of the Digital Underground, MC Hammer, the guys in N.W.A., Salt N Pepa, everyone wanted to be on Yo! MTV Raps.
The landmark series also broke new artists and gave them a platform to share their music videos. Two NYC rap groups, the duo of Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth and Queens rappers, Black Sheep, both hit it big in ’92. The latter scored with “The Choice Is Yours”, a song relegated to a KIA commercial today. But back in the day, this was “The Jam!” Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s tribute track (T.R.O.Y.) combines jazz influences and a saxophone solo on a rap song. Take a trip back in time:
“THE CHOICE IS YOURS” BLACK SHEEP
“THEY REMINISCE OVER YOU” PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH