Could Rap City Have Been Saved?

By now I’m sure all you heard about BET’s Rap City being canceled.

I mean, the signs were there. Ratings were down, the show got shoved around the network’s schedule and perhaps more importantly the hosts had a hard time connecting with the audience. I actually got a chance to work with the Rap City guys during my brief stint at BET, so I got to see a bit of the internal struggle as the show tried staying afloat.

I won’t flat out tell you all these folks’ business, but I’ll tell you one thing. They tried their damndest to save the show. There was an long-standing fight to give the 21-year running program a lifeline. Obviously, it failed. They were contemplating new hosts and segments, but in the end the revised version just was not meant to be.

A lot of folks think bring Tigger back was the answer, but I’m not too sure. I think the show had already reached an unsavable point. Even Tigg probably couldn’t have done much. Had they never replaced him, it could have been a different story, though. I understand that hip-hop is a youthful culture, but allegedly replacing Tigger because he was getting older just wasn’t the answer. Q 45 and Mad Linx couldn’t have been much younger than them anyway. You don’t just go and replace a host who has the ability to connect with folks the way Tigg did. As corny as the Momma Tigg and that damn mascot were, it just worked.

My question is…Was there anything that could have been done to save Rap City. I mean, they’ll surely replace it with something in a similar vein, but it’s just sad to see that institution go. –Jackpot

  • http://xxlmag.com slim

    fuck bet!

  • Black&Mild

    Thats fucked up what they did to rap city that was my favorite show on bet when tigger was on and it used to be 2 hours and they played everybody. fuck bet for thinking tigger couldn’t rock this nigga went in the booth with anybody who came on the show how many people let alone rappers would do that.

  • http://cobbreport.blogspot.com DA TRUTH

    The only way for rap city to survive was to keep Tigga. He was the last good host of the show. q45 did his thing, but Tigg was at the top of his game when they replaced him. I personally stop watching rap city shortly after he was replaced. I’ve move on the MTV JAMs thats a 24/hr rap city.

  • P-Matik

    You have got to be kidding. Tigga was probably a small factor of Rap City getting cancelled. To me, it seemed that the program director was too busy airing pop/rap videos instead anything real until it was too late. By that time Crap Sh*tty was already a 106 & Park clone minus the live audience. You don’t need two of the same show.

    I watched Rap City from the very first episode when Chris Thomas was the host up until Tigger showed up. He was annoying but he was known by many. He never really supported real rap music because he was always trying to separate the commercial stuff from the “underground”. There was no need for that cuz it’s all hip-hop. I don’t think Q45 was even a rap fan for real and Mad Linx was decent.

    Rap City never had any really electric hosts and no one cared before. You just wanted to see the videos. The videos mostly just turned to garbage just like the music did. There’s your nail in the coffin. You don’t watch a rap video show for the host.

  • http://www.prettypancakes.com amar

    wasn’t ever a fan by any means, but i think when the concept went from rap to trl, it was doomed. Just like how trl itself was doomed.

    These shows with two cheesy hosts hosting a show with a buncha mainstream music videos don’t seem to be flying no more. Had they switched things up and brought rap city back to its original concept, it may have survived.

    http://www.prettypancakes.com

  • EReal

    Never watched after Tigger left. I actually (sighs) watched 106 during the period, just cause Tigg was over there doin his thing (I can admit it you cowards!). Dude has that host swag down pat.
    They killed it when the got rid of Tigg, the original fanbase was gone, once you do that, its over.

    Ask Britney Spears or the Spice Girls.

    I mean, the rap they were showin isnt supposed to be for those 106 kids, anyway. So, WTF? A “Younger Host”? q45 be lookin older than old heads like BXS rockin his same ass Rugbys from 96, when he was 30. LOL!

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    You wanta save Rap City? Shut down the XXL mag site, and SOHH, and Hiphopgame, and Nahright, and every blog and and every hip hop news site. Then niggas like me, who want that need that real hip hop shit will go watch Rap City to know about what’s really good in hip hop right now. But why would I do that? Niggas like Eskay got the game on smash.

    I loved Rap City because it played RAP music. It wasn’t always that type of shit that would sell mad records or be number 1 at 106 and park but that was the shit I fucked with. But in this day and age, Rap City is obsolete. If I wanta watch videos I just be going on Youtube anyhow.

    A lot of hate to admit it but real RAP is more and more of a niche culture. We think it aint true just because hip hop is ingrained into the DNA of contemporary music, but for people like me (and a lot of us on this site) who want that real hip hop, that real rap shit, TV just doesn’t seem to have a spot for us no more.

    • EReal

      +1

  • John Cochran

    It’s no surprise, it’s been corny for a few years now. It’s sad though. That was my shit in high school. I used to love the booth. I think it says more about the way the music is going. There’s no room for a show called ” Rap City” when people don’t like rap anymore. But I heard there replacing it with a show hosted by DJ Diamond Cutz, I fux with her. I’m only 22 but I can’t stand the teenage crowd nowadays. They don’t appreciate good hip hop. There the reason for this. They’d rather watch a bunch of pop ass videos on 106.

  • LEO

    TIGGER IS THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE…I DONT THINK ANYBODY CAN BATTLE THAT NIGGA AND WIN…TRL AND BET ARE GONE…WAT DOES THIS MEAN? NO MORE CORNY ASS VIDEOS!!! WAITING FOR 106 AND PARK TO GO THROUGH THAT…

    • LEO

      RAP CITY I MEAN NOT BET

  • DV8

    RapCity died when Tigger left the basement. They show videos on RC now that would have never seen the time of day if it was during the Joe-Clair-Tigger era.

  • $ykotic

    Naw folks. Once the network got more into payola and top 40, the show was dead. Just like Video Music Box.

    The host don’t make the show.

    Alas the music is suffering because NO ONE WILL BREAK THAT NEW ARTIST. Ralph McDaniels broke out Naughty by Nature, Onyx, Wu-Tang, etc. It aint like that anymore. TRL and Rap City dead in the same month?

    Read the signs people.

  • 619

    I grew up watching Rap City after school. I haven’t watched BET since they cancelled it. The booth was the shit.

  • Moi

    INCILIN made a good point–why watch rap city when you can get whatever you want on you tube?

    only if they had guests and interviews and freestyle sessions that were on point . . . which after a certain point they didn’t.

    mad linx was the beginning of the end–i mean i stopped watching it because i thought they tried to revamp it but ended up turning the show mediocre at best. he was wack and uncomfortable as a host, the opposite of tigger definitely.

    videos aren’t interesting anymore either–remember when videos had a story or when they let you in on an artist’s personality or style a bit? shit is so overexposed these days not to mention that quality music and the commercial realm don’t ever meet like they used to–examples of videos i remember watching on Rap City like “black steel” or “dwyck” speak to this.

  • BIGNAT

    THEY COULD HAVE SAVED IT IF THEY KEPT IT AT THE SAME TIME. THAT SHIT EITHER CAME ON TO LATE OR TO EARLY. THEN SOMETIMES THEY WOULD JUST HAVE TERRIBLE FREESTYLES ALL I AM SAYING THE SHOW IS NOT LIVE. IF THE FREESTYLE SUCKS HOW ABOUT WE PLAY ANOTHER VIDEO OVER THAT SHIT. THE HOST WAS DRY LIKE TOAST WHEN I DID CATCH THE SHOW THAT NIGGA WAS PUTTING ME TO SLEEP. THE CAN RE DO IT JUST HAVE GOOD RAPPERS WHO NOT DOING SHIT NO MORE. FIRST NEW EPISODE OF RAP CITY HOSTED BY KOOL G RAP. FUCK IT AND ON FRIDAY THATS WHEN THEY WOULD HAVE THE LATE SHOW WHICH WOULD LEAD INTO A PARTY AFTERWARDS. EVERY WEEK THEY AT A DIFFERENT CLUB LOUNGE OR WHATEVER IN NYC. THOSE ARE SOME GOOD FUCKING IDEAS B.E.T. SHOULD HAVE PAID ME FOR THAT. BUT THEY WOULD FUCK IT UP HOLD THE SHOW IN CENTRAL PARK AND THE HOST WOULD BE FLAVOR FLAV.

  • Vicious Seiger

    Thank you, Viacom for making BET that much more similar to her sister-whore stations VHI and MTV.

    PS – Bob Johnson thanks for letting Viacom Rape BET.

  • Bang

    Damn

    damn man

    I used to watch since they opened with Fab Five and had the Rob Bass Intro watching the ROad to RIches from Kool G Rap

    now where am I gonna watch the fifth t-wayne techno sorry assed video collabs?

    oh well

    *goes on with life

  • capcobra

    remember all that rap is bad and hip hop is dead talk?…lol….be careful what you ask for…you just might get it….rap city r.i.p.

  • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com/ DJ Daddy Mack

    MAN RAP CITY WAS MY SHIT. :-(

  • BORN IN THE NORTH, RAISED IN THE SOUTH

    I actually started losing interest in Rap City when Tigger BECAME the host. He was cool, but I figured if he was replacing the horribly annoying Joe Clair, it was only downhill from there… Rap City was at its peak in the early 90′s (Big Lez & Prince DeJour — remember them?) That was when I would religious watch the Rap City Top 10 every week (even when it came on Fridays at midnight) to gauge what was deemed hot in hip-hop. (Yo! MTV Raps was pretty hot then too.) Now, niggaz watch bullshit videos on YouTube or the pop-rap crap on 106 & Park. Rap City was a dying dinosaur; I’ll miss it. But if those bastards got rid of UnCut, everyone should’ve seen this coming.

  • paychexx

    i dont know…

    sometimes you cant fix shit that aint broken, ya dig?

    i mean i use to watch that shit late at night on saturday top ten, becuz come sunday wasnt no rap videos was coming on.

    it the same with 106 and park, as much i didnt like a.j. he is still better than terrance j.

    tigger was real cool, q45 is really corny.

    r.i.p. rap city (old school wednesday was my shit)

  • balaramesh

    @ Incilin and Vicious Seiger

    you both nailed it.

    BET died when they sold out to viacom (bob johnson).

    i was on youtube and found so many classic videos on youtube from all regions. rap city used to be so dope. i used to halt all activities to watch rap city. now, dudes have to watch the wire or something for that.

  • Pana

    I knew rap city was shit when Joe Claire and Big Lez left…Tigga’s gapped tooth smile annoyed the shit outta me!

  • ne where gang

    i agree it’s the same with 106 & Park after Aj & Free left the shit was GARBAGE…….so when Tigger left so did the RATINGS

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  • CHI-C

    I’ll miss the booth

  • noname

    FUCK YOU PRICK, JUST MADD YOU NEVER MADE RAP CITY PRICK

  • http://gunnsassociable.blogspot.com Sherrie Connolly

    If only I had a dime for each time I came here! Amazing post.

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