Although it gave birth from a little house party, moved to an outdoor park, and then spun into the creation of Hip Hop in the Bronx, about an hour and a half road trip down the turnpike, a city based on brotherly love, embraced the new lifestyle and cultural experience embraced by 4 main elements.
New York had DJ Red Alert and Mr. Magic’s “Rap Attack”; Philadelphia had Lady B’s “Street Beat” and Colby Colb’s “Radio-Active”. New York had Ralph McDaniel’s “Video Music Box”; Philadelphia had Michael Elliot’s “Krush Rap”. New York had the Juice Crew, Philadelphia had the Hilltop Hustlers. There was one thing they didn’t have. A national TV show geared towards a younger generation.
“Dancin’ On Air” was founded by Michael Nise which then went nationwide as “Dance Party USA” and aired between 1981 and 1992. For those 11 years, almost every major Hip Hop and rap act appeared or performed. Past guests included Tupac, Markey Mark, Will Smith, Heavy D, Pete Rock & CL Smooth and many more. After the show went off the air in 1992, most of the performances were never seen again.
Luckily, the new music channel iFame TV, which can be seen on ROKU, a smart TV box available at Wal-Mart, Target, or Best Buy, is bringing the older episodes back to life.
Rob Schwartz, the CEO of iFame TV says, “It’s great to be able bring back this classic show. There is so much Philly history”.
Check out the Top 7 "Dancin' On Air/Dance Party USA" Hip Hop Performances.
After Tupac Shakur finished filming his movie “Juice”, he stopped by Dance Party USA to promote the new movie as well as perform his hit song “If My Homies Call”.
Legendary duo Gangstarr, consisting of the late great Guru and the extremely talented producer DJ Premiere, performed their song “Love Sick”.
Pete Rock & CL Smooth
Another legendary duo, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, also performed on Dance Party USA. They performed their classic hip-hop anthem “The Creator”.
Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick
This picture is of the hip-hop legends Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh performing their monster hit “The Show” on “Dancin’ On Air”. The both also appeared as solo artists later on Dance Party USA.
This picture is of legendary Oakland rapper Too $hort performing his massive commercial hit single “Life Is Too Short” live on “Dance Party USA”.
Kurtis Blow performed two songs on this episode of “Dancin’ On Air”. He performed both of his classics songs “The Breaks” and “I’m Chillin”.
The Sugarhill Gang
Although The Sugarhill Gang performed on Dancin’ On Air a few times, this picture is from them performing their hit single “Living the Fast Lane”.