Friday, May 27, 2011


The radio broadcast of the Hip Hop TakeOver will air Saturday, June 25th on WBAI 99.5 FM in NY, and we are paying tribute to hip hop's pioneers.  Pioneer Uncle Ralph McDaniels joined us a few years ago. He spoke to listeners and reminisced about the early days of hip hop.

For those of you who do not know who Ralph McDaniels is, let me tell you a little something.

Growing up in the 80's and 90's, living in New York, I remember running home after to school to catch Video Music Box.  Video Music Box, which started in 1983, was a music video show that aired on public access television that showcased hip hop at a time when MTV would not.  Hip Hop artist such as Jay-Z, Wu-Tang, Diddy, Mary J. Blige, KRS-1, and the list goes on and on credits Uncle Ralph McDaniels as being part of the reason for their current mainstream exposure.

Uncle Ralph McDaniels holds in his possession priceless interviews, and behind the scenes footage that spans well over two decades.  Before there was Yo! MTV Raps, there was Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Video Music Box.

Here are snippets of Uncle Ralph McDaniels' memories of Russell Simmons and his favorite video he directed. Uncle Ralph hosted Hip Hop Bar-B-Q on The Hip Hop TakeOver which aired on WBAI 99.5fm in NY December 8th, 2007.

Uncle Ralph McDaniels on The Hip Hop TakeOver-- Russell Simmons memories:

Uncle Ralph McDaniels on The Hip Hop TakeOver-- Favorite video directed, Wu-Tang:

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