1. SEE, HEAR: Mike Tyson Backstage at the Def Jam Tour (1987).

    One gets a sense of what it was like as hip-hop crossed over into the mainstream in this brief interview with former Heavyweight Champion of the world Mike Tyson . (This clip is dug up by UpNorthTrips , by the way.) The proud New Yorker and rap fan is shown here surrounded by such luminaries as LL Cool J, Eric B., radio legend Mr. Magic and Grandmaster Dee of Whodini backstage at the home of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels basketball, the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas in ’87 during the famed Def Jam Tour . “Rap is gonna live forever,” says Iron Mike. “A lot of people don’t wanna believe that. But I’m a rap person myself, I came up on rap, and this is what’s happenin’.” The one and only Flavor Flav pops up towards the end. Peep it…

    (Props to mycomeup.com & ‪TheHassan718‬ for the upload. Thank you @upnorthtrips )

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