Today begins a
new "Rap City" on BET where Hip-Hop has finally left the basement
and will now reside in a brand new, modern set.
Along with the
set, Mad Linx will replace Big Tigger as the host of the highly rated show,
"It’s a brand new set,
a brand new look," Linx told AllHipHop.com. "We’re going to be bringing
the hottest in Hip-Hop. It’s completely sexy. BET put their foot in it."
While Tigger’s era in the
"Bassment" was more in tune with Hip-Hop’s earlier years, Linx said
the new set reflects the diversity of the rap nation.
"I can’t speak for
what the network was going for, but as a whole our generation has gotten older.
Some of our hottest artists are in their 30’s," he said. "This [set]
Another change will be the
absence of freestyles with the artists."That was Tigger’s lane and I’m
going to stay in my lane. I would completely embarrass myself, but he did that
very well," he said.
Linx has other skills aside
from rapping. Residents of Tampa, Florida might be familiar with the Queens-born
host, because he’s also an on-air personality on radio station WLLB Wild 98.7
in the region.
In addition, he is a video
DJ for EA Sports video game monolith.
Through it all, Linx said
he felt fortunate to help a new era in "Rap City," which is the longest
running Hip-Hop related TV show.
that’s going on with me is definitely a blessing," he concluded.