In September of 2000 the ego trip crew was invited up to Eclipse and Riz’s world famous “Halftime Show” on WNYU to promote the then-freshly-released Rawkus Records-backed soundtrack to our Book of Rap Lists, ego trip’s The Big Playback.
Eclipse christened the evening “ego trip Night” – and in the spirit of the album, our hosts channeled their inner Hank Love and Half Pint and put together an incredible 2-hour-plus set of “Golden Era” obscurities and lost classics that still sounds devastating to the ear. In addition, a few luminaries from back in the day joined us as in-studio guests: “The Rappin’ Comedian” MC Mitchski (whose MC Shan-answer record, “Brooklyn Blew Up the Bridge,” appears on The Big Playback), the “Rhyme Inspector” Percee P, and “Lyrical King” T La Rock. Anecdotes were shared, hip-hop quotables and vintage verses kicked, and a funky-fresh time was had by all (yes-yes, y’all).
Hear it all here.
Part 1: DJ Riz on the mix; ego trip and MC Mitchski in studio. (1 hour, 9 min.)
Part 2: DJ Riz and DJ Eclipse on the mix; ego trip, Percee P and T La Rock in studio. (1 hour, 14 min.)