Cultural pioneer Ralph McDaniels changed the landscape for Hip-Hop in 1983 when he created the first music video program exclusively catering to urban culture. Almost 30 years later, Combat Jack and the Newminati crew sat down with McDaniels to revisit the days of Video Music Box, his favorite moments in Hip-Hop and more on The Combat Jack Show.
Prior to Video Music Box, there was no visual representation of Hip-Hop culture on television. Clearly things have changed, but the residual effects of McDaniels and the VMB movement can still be felt today.
The Combat Jack collective provided a short description of what listeners can expect from this episode:
It’s the Box That Rocks! Ralph McDaniels, founder of the seminal Video Music Box talks thirty years of history. Highlights include how Big Daddy Kane shot someone causing him to miss “The Symphony” video shoot, how we wasn’t fucking with Mr. Magic at first, gunplay at NaS’s “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” video shoot, running with a young and grimy Russell Simmons, allowing a young Jay-Z to play hype man for the Notorious B.I.G. and how really good he is in these streets. This is #RapHistoryMonth b. #Newmanati.
Peep this week’s show and the promotional art by Theotis Jones below.