1. Must. Watch. Now.
    LL Cool J - Live in Maine, 1985 (VIDEO).


    So there's priceless vintage rap footage . And then there's PRICELESS VINTAGE RAP FOOTAGE. Falling into the latter category - this video of a 17-year-old LL Cool J , along with Cut Creator , performing at a gymnasium at Colby College in Waterville, Maine for a subdued audience of adults and young children we think it's safe to describe as hip-hop neophytes. LL runs through early singles like "I Want You" and "I Need a Beat," and ends the show by telling the kids in the crowd, "Stay away from drugs and stay in school," before dropping the mic. Enjoy.

    (Props to YouTube user Kodiak Starr, who writes: "My dad organized the show and i just digitized the VHS"; h/t Andreas Vingaard)

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    • RalphieLauren

      Hahhaa, the intro alone is HILARIOUS.

    • RalphieLauren

      Damn by 1985 BBoying was in MAINE, amazing

    • http://www.transparencymag.com/ Kevin Howell

      I love how he just drops the mic at the end... classic

    • http://twitter.com/Curtis75Black Roland

      Hot Shit !!

    • http://twitter.com/DJStylus Rhome

      LL's helpful explication though... like an instructional video. "Now this is rapping right here." Indeed it is, young Mr. Smith.

    • CooganGildersleeve

      Dude killin' Gladys Knight & the Pips 'The way we were' @ the end there..

    • Maccadon

      Nobody can say LL didn't pay his dues. The crowd is epic here. Random toddlers walking around, clueless college students, probably first time seeing a Black guy...and a breakdancing crew