MTV @ 25

Posted: August 11, 2006 in Music


I just realized that August 1st, was the birthday for Music. Actually, it was the 25th Anniversary of MTV. Back then, when I was about 5, there were no Real Worlds, Pimp My Rides, or DVD’s, Spinners, Bling Bling. It was all rock videos 24/7. Actually, it was just the beginning. By 1983, MTV was moved from Circuit Television to Cable, and there was no black artists on the channel. But two words came to mind, Michael Jackson. He will always be a staple for MTV because of his Beat It and Thriller videos. No doubt, Michael redefinded how music videos are made and the trend continues through this day. Also, Rap Music had played apart in MTV’s existence. Just ask Fab 5 Freddy, Rev. Run, DMC, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Without them, YO! MTV Raps, and other counterpart of Hip Hop Music would not be invented. There was a time that the channel wouldn’t show Gangsta Rap Videos because of the controversial themes that was projected. But now, the channel can show them anytime, anyplace.

MTV’s VMA’s have definitely played apart of the MTV lifeline. Some of my favorites that featured Michael Jackson, MC Hammer, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Arsenio Hall, Chris Rock, Shawn and Marlon Wayans, and any other African American performer or MC.


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