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Senior Year, 1988: After-School Rap Videos

by Mosi Reeves

Senior Year, 1988: After-School Rap Videos

About this playlist

Rap videos were mad fun in 1988. Remember all the crazy cameos in Public Enemy's "Night of the Living Baseheads," from DJ Red Alert as a news producer and MC Lyte as an reporter busting Wall Street coke fiends to comedian Chris Thomas cracking jokes about a family of baseheads? Or how about Kid N Play's "Rollin' with Kid N Play," when the duo launched a food fight with Salt-n-Pepa and Herbie the Love Bug? If you were a homeboy looking fresh in a Starter jacket or a fly girl styling in a bootleg Mickey and Minnie Mouse T-shirt (the one with the Yobabyyobabyyo phrase on it) with matching dookie earrings, then chances are you spent plenty of afternoons watching videos, whether it was Yo! MTV Raps with Fab Five Freddy, Video Soul with Donnie Simpson and Video Vibrations with the Unseen VJ on rival network BET, or even regional programs like New York's Video Music Box with Ralph McDaniels. We can't show you those videos, but we can relive the memories with this selection of classics from the golden age of hip-hop. Pump it, homeboy!