Vanilla Ice To Perform Hip-Hop Classic “Self Destruction” On Edmund Pettus Bridge In Selma
BET and Centric are REALLY trying it…
Selma will play host to at least 40 events over the weekend in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the march on Selma and Bloody Sunday. The city will host multiple U.S. presidents, a march by thousands of people across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and a host of speeches.
One of the most highly anticipated events planned for the weekend is BET’s three-hour Sunday concert, which will feature luminaries like Bill Withers, Cicely Tyson and Harry Belafonte. It will also feature performances by hip-hop artists like Flava Flav, Rick Ross and Doug E. Fresh, an eclectic lineup that seems on its face to be more a random assemblage of emcees than a crew sharing a common social vision.
At the top of many people’s lists of unexpected guests invited to perform at the event is Vanilla Ice of “Ice Ice Baby” fame, who many see today as a washed-up B-list rapper and the quintessential “pretty fly for a white guy” poseur, not the type of artist they would expect to perform at a concert celebrating one of the seminal moments in the American civil rights movement.
Centric Vice-President and BET event performance President Paxon Baker sheds some light on why exactly
BET only first got involved in the event on Feb. 19 after Selma representatives asked them for help setting up a concert. The network tapped Baker and Belafonte to serve as co-artistic directors, whose duties included selecting talent among other tasks. The two of them had just over two weeks to put together a three-hour extravaganza, for which Vanilla Ice was a natural fit, according to Baker.
“Vanilla Ice was in the Soul Train Awards two years ago and he’s a really cool person. When we call him for things he likes working with us and we like working with him,” Baker said. “He’s one of the people we call to participate in things with us, and if he can do it he absolutely will. I sent him a text and within two minutes his response was two words: ‘I’m in.'”
The rapper will perform one of his own songs, but the highlight of his appearance in Selma will be his participation in an ensemble performance of an updated version of the classic hip-hop record “Self Destruction.”
Instead of the original “Self Destruction” lineup, which included old-school legends like Boogie Down Productions (KRS One, D-Nice and Ms. Melodie) Public Enemy (Flava Flav and Chuck D), Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Heavy D and Doug E. Fresh, the performance will feature Vanilla Ice, Rick Ross, Bell Biv DeVoe, Flava Flav, Doug E. Fresh, MC Lyte, D-Nice and others.
The performance of “Self Destruction” will provide a rousing end to BET’s concert, slated to be held at the foot of the iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge in downtown Selma immediately after a large-scale march across the span.
If you’ve never heard the old school rap tune, check it out below to see exactly why Vanilla Ice’s involvement with the show is so head-scratchingly inex
Despite Paxon’s weak azz explanation on why they chose Vanilla Ice, we can’t imagine this performance being anything but an embarrassment, but we’ll definitely be tuned in.
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