Bringing it back to the BET: Uncut days.
In this exciting documentary airing on BET tonight (7/10), Vixen, your favorite video baddies from back-in-the-day are in front of the camera once again. The women, who are hip hop stars in their own right, speak about an era in hip hop where their sometimes provocative video presence introduced a new outlook on modeling. More than just the scantily clad leading ladies dancing beside the hottest rapper of that time, these bosses branded themselves and created their own lane.
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In the preview above, Melyssa Ford, Karrine Steffans, Buffie the Body, Lola Monroe, Gloria Velez, and former Love & Hip Hop Hollywood star Rosa Acosta reminisce about a time when music videos were raunchier, hyped up, and plain ol’ “over-the-top.”
Money wasn’t an issue for them, I mean who wouldn’t stand next to Lil Wayne for a little change? The birth of Napster- an illegal and highly controversial hosting site used to download music for free- drastically changed the game and the funds. The introduction of streaming services changed the economics of the hip hop business, which ultimately cut into music video budgets forcing artists to rethink the visuals they wanted to put out for their music.
The bag didn’t stop for women like Karrine Stefans who capitalized on her experience via the then-controversial book, Confessions of Video Vixen. Released in 2005, it was part tell-all and part cautionary tale, Karrine formerly known as “Superhead” aired out her own sexcapades with some of the industry’s most elite players, including rappers and movie producers. Writing about that and opening up about the 25 years of abuse and drugs that took place throughout her life helped her realize “how much urban culture hates their women, especially women who talk.”
Tune into the full BET Original Documentary tonight to relive and learn more about such an iconic time in hip hop history.
Rosa Acosta hasn’t lost her appeal as evidenced in this throwback Love & Hip Hop Hollywood clip where she models Nikki Baby’s lingerie line.