This weeks Uristocrat mix is influenced by Legendary Heavyweight Figher Mike Tyson. This mix features music from 2pac (including Ambitionz of the Fighter (Mike Tyson Ring Entrance Music), Nas, Can-i-bus, Will Smith, Public Enemy & more music which demonstrates Mike Tyson’s influence on hip hop as well as songs that I believe represent certain aspects of his life.
Tonight ESPN is airing it’s 30 for 30 Documentary “One Night In Vegas” which tells the story of September 7th 1996. On the evening of Sept. 7, 1996, Mike Tyson, the WBC heavyweight champion, attempted to take Bruce Seldon’s WBA title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. At this point in his career, Tyson’s fights had become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon, where the ever present hype of the professional boxing scene would come face to face with the worlds of big business, Hollywood, and hip hop. Sitting ringside was controversial rapper Tupac Shakur. Shakur and Tyson were friends, a feeling of kinship linked them as each rose to stardom from poverty only to be thrown in prison. Following Tyson’s victory, Shakur and “Iron Mike” were to celebrate at an after party, but the rap star never arrived. Shakur was brutally gunned down later that night, and the scene in Las Vegas quickly turned from would-be celebratory revelry to ill fated and inopportune tragedy. Director Reggie Bythewood, with the full cooperation of Mike Tyson, will tell not only the story of that infamous night but of the remarkable friendship between Tyson and Tupac.