That One Time the Lox Performed on Nickelodeon's All That

It's been 15 years since New York came alive with the Free the Lox campaign. While Puffy and the Lox have seemingly made peace since, the ups-and-downs of their relationship remains one of the most turbulent in rap history. Styles P plays Brooklyn's The Wick on Tuesday, April 29th, and while he and his Lox co-horts are known for a memorable live show, there is one performance of theirs that remains among the most bizarre rap performances ever recorded. We're talking about the time the Lox played Nickelodeon's All That.

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The logo that saved many a Saturday night.
There's something to be said for how Nickelodeon, more specifically their Saturday night programming block "Snick" utilized rap music. Hip-hop had been around for about two decades, and in the wake of the fizzling hyper-commercialized success of MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice years prior, the channel found success marketing the counter-culture aspects to young adults and tweens. Some of the biggest stars in the genre, and all of music, like TLC and Coolio were popping up all over the channel, doing cameos and even theme music. Nickelodeon had tapped into the coming of age thrill of discovering your older sibling's music, and funneled it into the two extra hours you got to stay up on Saturdays.

The success rate of the children's television-hip-hop connection was higher for the channel than it had absolutely any right to be. Nickelodeon programming was confidently cool for kids entering that awkward phase where, God forbid, anyone knew they were still watching "kiddie" shows. It was also introducing them at a young age to a genre and culture that they most likely had no other real exposure to. Naughty By Nature, Aaliyah, and Faith Evans were suddenly introducing infectious melodies and charismatic bravado smack dab in the middle of kids getting their Clarissa Explains it All and Are You Afraid of the Dark? fix. There's even the reverence for hip-hop history that the channel proved to be ahead of the curve for, such as introducing frequent guest LL Cool J as "hip-hop legend" and even having Run-DMC perform "Christmas in Hollis" during "All That's" holiday special.

But sometimes the combination just didn't work.


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