Unveiling Hip-Hop History: BET’s Legendary ‘Rap City’ Takes Center Stage in Upcoming Documentary


BET’s iconic show, Rap City, is about to receive the tribute it deserves in the form of an upcoming documentary. This exciting three-part series, developed in collaboration with Mass Appeal, is set to make its debut on October 10th, following its initial announcement on the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop.

The insightful documentary titled “Welcome To Rap City” promises an exclusive journey behind the scenes of the longest-running national Hip-Hop show in history. It delves into the inner workings of Rap City and sheds light on its evolution over time. The show, which had a profound impact on the genre, will have its secrets unveiled by an array of notable figures including hosts, MCs, DJs, and insiders, who are eager to share the real story of “Rap City.”

Among the esteemed former hosts of the show is Big Tigger, who has revealed that the documentary will provide an in-depth look into the show’s legacy and its eventual conclusion. Notable personalities such as Chris Thomas, Joe Clair, Hans “Prime” Dobson, Leslie “Big Lez” Segar, Prince DaJour, Mad Linx, J-Nicks, and Q-45, all contributed to the show’s rich history.

The documentary is set to feature special appearances from Debra Lee, Eve, Ludacris, Jim Jones, T.I., Stephen Hill, and more. In an enticing preview of the series, Busta Rhymes is seen reflecting on the impact of Rap City.

T.I. candidly acknowledges the show’s significance, stating, “No matter how big you may see these people right now, ‘Rap City’ gave us a launchpad and a countdown to shoot us off into the stratosphere.” This sentiment is echoed by many who recognize the vital role Rap City played in catapulting artists into the limelight.

The visionary behind the series, Alvin Jones, also known as “The Unseen VJ,” brought Rap City to life in 1989. The show emerged as a strong competitor to “Yo! MTV Raps,” emphasizing emerging underground rappers and their stories.

Reflecting on Rap City’s eventual conclusion, Leslie “Big Lez” Segar opens up about the challenges faced, mentioning, “We had skeletons and scandals and bruises and bumps from all of the ‘Rap City’ episodes, the shootouts, the fights that happened…” Big Tigger adds a somber note, expressing his sadness over the show’s ending and the loss of something so intrinsically tied to one’s identity.

The journey to immortalize Rap City in documentary form began with its announcement in November 2022. As anticipation builds, fans and enthusiasts alike are eagerly awaiting the series’ premiere. To catch a glimpse of what’s to come, the trailer for the Rap City documentary is available for viewing. Get ready to relive the moments that shaped the landscape of Hip-Hop.

Link to the trailer on Big Tigger’s Instagram Page —-> https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cv2xuSOuzhi/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

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