The Boot Camp Clik Brought Hip-Hop to Daytime TV & Tore Down the “Jenny Jones Show” (Video)
The mid- to late ’90s into the early aughts were the heyday for daytime talk shows hosted by folks like Ricki Lake, Montel Williams, Sally Jesse Raphael, and Jenny Jones. Most of them dealt with issues relating to family, health, sex, and scandal but only one was a frequent (albeit unexpected) home to live Hip-Hop performances, many of which featured artists before they had been introduced to a national market. “The Jenny Jones Show” ran for more than a decade, dominating much of the talk-show circuit between 1991 and 2003. Co-produced by legendary music mogul Quincy Jones, the show originally aired as a serious platform for discussions about life and love, but it eventually morphed into more of a spectacle (a la Jerry Springer’s show), but what made the show a huge success among young people and music lovers was its inclusion of live performances. In fact, Heads may be surprised to learn that Three 6 Mafia made its first national television appearance on Jones’ show.
Another classic Hip-Hop performance from the show’s golden era was this one, from the Boot Camp Clik. The Brooklyn, New York supergroup took over the Chicago studio, with members Buckshot, Heltah Skeltah, Smif-N-Wessun, and O.G.C. stormed into daytime television with a performance that brought the underground into living rooms across America. The crew performed “Ice Skate” and “So Live” from the posse’s 2002 album The Chosen Few, and the velour tracksuit sported by the late, great Sean Price gives the video a hint of early 2000s nostalgia. Check out the raucous performance below. We miss you, P!