One Fall season, my dad took me to Howard Homecoming to enjoy the festivities in Washington D.C. While walking around as a kid, I didn’t know that would be a moment in time where I would meet pillars in hip hop. One that stands out today is Big Tigger. At the time, he was an up-and-coming Radio Personality on WPGC 95.5 making waves on the airwaves. With the ’90s in full effect, Tigger rocked the baldy, Maryland Terps Jersey, baggy blue jeans, and a pair of Butter Timberlands. His NY state of mind with the DMV culture was a nostalgia that I was able to witness firsthand. Within a few minutes, I had the pleasure of not only meeting him but also received an autograph! As I grew, so did Tigger’s hall of fame level career over at BET.
BET main building for filming once was in the nation’s capital, so the transition to me makes sense more than the average. So as D.C. comedian Joe Clair kicked off the iconic Rap City, Big Tigger made it part of his brand. Like most viewers, I was chilling in a den or basement with my friends to eat snacks and watch music videos. Airing in the afternoon slot, ‘Rap City in the Basement was a mere reflection of its audience. Staged with wall-to-wall posters, pool table, couch, turntables, and a bathroom that is also used as an at-home recording booth. Guest DJs from all over the world come to mix & scratch on television. While the incredible list of hip hop artists came to promote their latest and spit some fire freestyles before leaving. Rappers and music videos that typically don’t fall in the mainstream pop stations had a platform to shine and get played. Despite it being a pillar in the hip-hop community, the show was canceled in 2008.
Since then, Rap City has been remaining relevant due to Big Tigger continuing to represent on or off of television. From official merchandise down to the Rap City ciphers at BET Hip Hop Awards, Tigger will continue to champion our culture. After a 13 year hiatus, Rap City is back better than ever on BET. DJ Drama assists Tig in reflecting on the past with rap legends to get ready for what is yet to come. I am so relieved that the basement has been upgraded to a plush penthouse fit for a bachelor. As rap evolved, so has the approach to the rap game. Fat Joe, Jeezy, and Jermaine Dupri are some of the guests who have come to show love and kick it. Check out the latest videos of Rap City ‘21 on BET Networks and comment your thoughts below.