Queens, NY Has Named August 19 “Ralph McDaniels Day” (Videos)
Today (August 19) will forever be Ralph McDaniels Day in the borough of Queens, New York. The confirmation was made this evening, during Uncle Ralph’s second 35th-anniversary celebration for Video Music Box. A free event took place at Jamaica, Queens’ Roy Wilkins Park, and Ambrosia For Heads was on hand to film highlights from the show.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Daneek Miller were on hand to announce the resolution celebrating Queens’ own legendary Hip-Hop VJ, documentarian, and director of more than 400 music videos. Throughout his career which extends back further than the 35 years of VMB, Ralph made music videos for Queens Rap legends such as Nas, MC Shan, Kool G Rap, and Roxanne Shanté.
McDaniels credits Brooklyn and Queens as integral places in his youth. In 2015, while speaking at a Queens Library event, he said, “I visited the Central Library in Jamaica and the Queens Village branch the most as a teen. It was a place I could do research as well as socialize. In the ‘80s, I also helped build a nightclub called Encore on Merrick Boulevard.” He and Lionel C. Martin would go on to create a platform that set the foundation as a place for the Rap music video, event coverage, and more. Video Music Box began in New York but expanded to cover the whole Rap landscape.
Today, at the event, artists such as Kid ‘n Play, Double X Posse, Lost Boyz’ Mr. Cheeks and Keith Murray performed.
Approaching October’s 30th anniversary of debut album 2 Hype, Kid ‘n Play’s medley pulled highlights from their Select Records catalog:
Jersey City’s Double X Posse was in effect to celebrate the New York City park jam. Sugar Ray and BK linked up to perform their biggest hit, 1992’s “Not Gonna Be Able To Do It.” They did the damn thing, even in some less than ideal weather:
Lastly, hometown hero Mr. Cheeks represented for Queens and the LB Fam by performing the Lost Boyz’ breakout hit, 1995’s Easy Mo Bee-produced, “Lifestyles Of The Rich & Shameless”:
This event was co-produced by Lance Feurtado’s King Of Kings Foundation. Salute to Ralph McDaniels on getting some some civic love for amplifying the culture that generations past, present, and future will forever associate with Queens’ impact.