Dave White on 27 Oct 2008 11:33 pm
The Bridge is New York City’s #1 spot for old school hip hop. Saturdays at 11:00 PM on NYC TV (Channel 25, Cablevision 22)
Whole new season, whole new episodes, whole new vibe: Old School Hip Hop is new again (again) on The Bridge!
Season four officially launched this past Saturday; 8 more episodes showcasing some of your favorite old school videos (from Public Enemy to Wu Tang, Salt N Pepa to Black Moon) alongside contemporary interviews with classic hip hop icons (Rakim, KRS-One, Marley Marl, CL Smooth, Wu-Tang, etc.)
I’ve been involved with The Bridge since it’s inception about three and a half years ago (from Associate Producer, to Producer, to Writer-Director), and each season has been an insane, somewhat surreal blast (meeting Rakim?!?!!?!? Interviewing RZA while an assistant braids his hair?!?!?!? Completely losing my face while attempting to nervously inform Dres from Black Sheep that “Flavor of the Month” is my favorite hip hop video of all time ever?!?!?!?).
This season, however, season four, I’m especially psyched out of my mind about. 2008 represents the 25th anniversary of the legendary Video Music Box, the original, pioneering video show first launched by our host, VJ Ralph McDaniels, on NYC television in May of 1983.
Video Music Box was the first television program (anywhere) to touch on hip hop, and this season, we at The Bridge have done our best to honor that pioneering status, digging into Ralph’s vault to unearth some pretty exclusive stuff: Tribe live at the Marc Ballroom in 91, KRS at the Fever in 87, vintage interviews with Special Ed, Whodini and LL Cool J, the original EPK for Nas’s Illmatic, and more more more.
And while all of the above is some fine promotional talk (and if you live in NYC, watch watch watch!) nothing can really touch on the shock, awe and…I dunno, honor is too strong a word, but seriously; for a white-bred beyond-rural kid, I just can’t fucking believe I actually get to touch this stuff.
It’s all been a magical dream come true, and I’m just waiting to get shot up at the Source awards before I finally wake up and kiss my pillow a thank you.