James "Ed Lover" Roberts

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Jesse Camp's Album Turns 15--A Look Back at The Gangly MTV Legend

    This week marks the 15th anniversary of an infamous day for the MTV generation. It was on May 25th, 1999 that former MTV VJ Jesse Camp unleashed his one album, Jesse and the 8th Street Kidz on the world . It was a big day, an end of an era and a landmark swan song to one of the '90s most unforgettab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    The History of Rap's Oldest Cliche

    We've all seen it. Whether in real life or observing a work of fiction, a character is positioned to unexplainably begin rapping. A beat will kick in and/or a mic will be thrust in their hand and, for some reason, eight of their first nine words are "My name is...and I'm here to say."

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    That Time the Ultimate Warrior Beat the Hell Out of Phil Collins

    Tonight, WWE's "Monday Night Raw" will be dedicating the entirety of its three-hour broadcast to the memory of one of the company's most memorable superstars, The Ultimate Warrior. An icon of '90s sports-entertainment, The Warrior expired last Tuesday after collapsing while walking to his car with h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    If Pink Married Bobby Seale...

    She'd be Pink Panther. If Courtney Love married the Hertz Rent-a-car guy, she'd be Courtney Love Hertz. If Sandra Oh married Karen O, she'd be Sandra Oh-O.

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    The 18 Best Rapper Movies

    Since the days of Wild Style and Krush Groove, rappers have put their music on hold and delved into the film world. A bunch of these efforts were pretty bad—remember Ice-T in Leprechaun in the Hood—while others were so bad they were good. Cam crying in Killa Season or KRS fleeing the sce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    The Five Best Moments On Yo! MTV Raps

    MTV turns 30 on Monday. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future. ​ Debuting during the golden year of '88, Yo! MTV Raps revolutionized TV coverage of hip-hop music. Of course, hip-hop videos existed long before Yo! launched—Grandmaster Fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Rock-Critic Pop Quiz #10: Name The Hosts Of Yo! MTV Raps

    ​Recently our hackles were raised after a concerned Park Slope resident (or, as reports increasingly indicate, a gifted troll) sent out a petition hoping to keep a new club from playing the hip-hop music (gasp!) in yuppietacular Brooklyn. We could not imagine the anarchy if rap music ever hit ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 16, 2010


    Ed Lover at Carolines

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Live: Spike Lee Throws Michael Jackson One Hell Of A Birthday Party In Prospect Park

    Pix by Puja Patel, many more below Thousands of people flooded Prospect Park Saturday afternoon for Michael Jackson's 51st birthday party. Hosted by Spike Lee (who worked on the "They Don't Really Care About Us" video), the five-hour event, held together by an epic, all-MJ set from Brooklyn's DJ Sp ... More >>

  • News

    September 10, 2008

    Baby-Mama Drama and Deadbeat Dads

    Cathy Middleton has become black radio's favorite expert on child support

  • Music

    March 1, 2005

    Thug Radio

    Beef and bullets in rap's corporate ratings war

  • Long Island Voice

    September 14, 1999
  • News

    January 5, 1999

    Alphabet City

    The Year in Letters

  • News

    April 28, 1998