• Why BET’s “The Backroom” will never live up to “Rap City”
  • Why BET’s “The Backroom” will never live up to “Rap City”

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Why BET’s “The Backroom” will never live up to “Rap City”

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Let’s face facts. Things have changed drastically since BET first launched its music video program Rap City in 1989. Most remember it’s more iconic episodes with host Big Tigger in the early 2000’s; featuring freestyles from rap artist like Kanye West, Jadakiss, and Eminem. However, like all good things, the show came to an end in 2008 and was replaced with countless other short-lived basement freestyle shows.

More recently, BET has attempted to “inadvertently” recreate the Rap City essence with The Backroom, a freestyle segment airing on BET every Wednesday.  The show has featured a few freestyles with Kendrick Lamar, Action Bronson, and Mac Miller that are worth recognition, but long story short, the show is garbage, and so are most of the freestyles.

Their latest segment features Harlem’s ASAP Ferg, but has nothing on the classic freestyle with Harlem rap group Dipset, where Cam’Ron counts a grip of cash while spitting off the top of his durag-covered dome.

As much as we f*** with the A$AP crew, A$AP Ferg is gonna have to go a little bit harder next time around. Check out Ferg’s freestyle on The Backroom, then hit us up on Twitter and let us know what you think.

  • Winston

    If BET wants to capture the essence of the early Rap City days, they are going to have to take it more seriously. Back in the day it was serious with no effort into making it serious. It seemed like a moment in time that needed to be captured. You just knew it was serious, but fun as well. Finding the balance with the Correct personalities is kEy.