The Real Hangover: Ed Lover Tells The Story Of His Wild Night Out With Mike Tyson (Video)
Ed Lover is best known as one of the hosts of Yo! MTV Raps in the late-1980s and early-1990s. However, the Queens, New Yorker has worn many hats over the years including rapper, actor, radio personality, and even dance innovator. His prominent positions in TV and radio have allowed him to develop relationships with some of the biggest names in music, sports, and Hollywood. Lover currently holds it down on WBMX in Chicago.
When Ed visited Adult Swim’s call-in show Fishcenter Live a while back, and he shared what just may be the greatest Mike Tyson story ever told. Lover recounted a time when the then-champion Iron Mike wanted Ed to take him to a popping club in Queens. Details of the story include Ed convincing event staff to let the massive posse in the club. Other noteworthy details include the former heavyweight champ wearing a velour tracksuit and an $80,000 mink coat, Tyson buying his entourage 30 bottles of champagne, and then buying the whole club drinks for several hours. However, the most crucial part of the story is that Mike does not want to drive Ed back to his car in Manhattan after the club closes in the wee hours of the morning. So, Mike tells Ed to take his Bentley Azure, and then promptly hops in a homie’s ride.
Spoiler Alert: When nobody reaches out about the luxury vehicle for weeks on end, Ed starts driving it. The British hand-built vehicle, parked in his parents’ driveway, is worth more than the NYC home at the time—causing quite a neighborhood commotion. A month and a half go by before someone finally calls and it’s Mike Tyson’s manager John Horn. He sends somebody to pick up the car, and that’s that.
Except it isn’t.
Fifteen years later “Mr. C’mon Son” runs into Tyson at the Tao Nightclub in Las Vegas, Nevada and the two reminisce about their various escapades over the decades. At one point Mike brings up the night in Queens and proceeds to tell Ed that he had meant for him to keep the Bentley as a gesture of their bond. He follows that revelation with the fact that his manager was jealous and that’s why he tracked him down and took the car back.
Tyson’s car collection, especially in the late ’80s and early 1990s, is legendary. Car Keys has a cool feature on some of the champ’s whips.