Sunday, December 27, 2015

Classic Hip-Hop Throwback Footage Pt. 11: MTV Def Jam Survival Of The Illest Tour (1998)

Gave yall some more treats tonight, hope u enjoy them, hope u guys had a great christmas!! Lets continue the Christmas spirit with a trip the vault!!..............

Back in the 80's a Hip-Hop tour was all good. U would actually go to a show to enjoy music and have a great time, u know like thats what a tour/ show is all about!! But down the line in the late 80s and into the 90s that line got blurred. Then when u went to a tour/ show u had to watch ur back, watch ur surroundings and hopefully everybody got along in the audience before fights and shots rang out! This reckless violence almost completely wiped out hip-hop tours to extinct status!!! It had gotten very bad!! But around '98 things started turning back into hip-hops favor. Def Jam setup this Survival Of The Illest tour wit some of the label's hardest acts to perform in certain spots artists will never perform at!! It was a crazy idea, but crazy enough that it worked. There was no reported violence that happened on this tour. I mean a lil bit people got out of hand but it was on them not towards others. This was a live tour by the way wit DMX, Redman, Keith Murray, Onyx as the headline acts. Peep this footage right here as MTV gets the inside scoop how everything was at the time of the tour, the sad thing is hip-hop will never b like this having a street team and goin to record store signings and doin radio promo!! These were the founding things artists did to get there name out there. It was like i go rambling again...just watch the flavs!!
One more thing, just remember this if this tour did not do well there would not have been a Hard Knock Life Tour and a Cash Money/ Ruff Ryders Tour and a Up In Smoke Tour that followed that!!

Def Jam Survival Of the Illest Tour '98 from Brandan Evans on Vimeo.

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