According to his bio, ‘Michael Elliot is one of the most accomplished African-American screenwriters in Hollywood’. After creating his own publication Krush Magazine [the very first dedicated solely to Hip-Hop, a few months before The Source appeared], he has written screenplays for movies such as Like Mike, he has worked for Puffy at Bad Boy and he penned the publication The Unsigned Rappers’ Guide to Getting a Record Deal. Elliot went on to become Director of Special Projects at The Source in 1992.
I’d never heard of Hip-Hop music video program Krush Rap until I stumbled across this EST freestyle clip below, the show was recorded in Philadelphia and broadcast on Saturday nights [BTW. Keep an eye out for the jacket worn by the ‘Overlord of Fresh’, is that a Dapper Dan?].
In this nutty clip from 1990, as well as his inability to look straight into the camera, Larry Larrs ability to pull off the Reebok 5411s in bright baby blue [The price of the ‘Hi-Top Freestyle’ after tax] is impressive.
Krush Rap was a show that was syndicated to ’21 markets’ within its 2 year run. With his charismatic and almost avuncular hosting approach, Mike Elliot presented Rappers of the moment in interviews and freestyle sessions and the like on a weekly basis. As youll see, he had a go at social commentary too. As I said, I’d never heard of the guy or this show before yesterday, but the clips that have been uploaded to YT are yet another slice of the dusted off Hip-Hop documentation I really enjoy seein on the web, fundamentally I love a good throwback.
These aint new per se, theyre just new to me. The Main Source clips see super-producer Large Professor discussing his views on the subject matter of Looking at the Front Door.
Mike knew the value of apparel and branding way-back when too…
Classic Tribe Called Quest street scene intro: ‘On the corners, brothas bop their heads, from the high-tops to the knotty dreads’ indeed…