People You Should Know in Chicago

Ed Lover

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Ed Lover: I grew up in an era where the DJ was the king, where mobile DJs were the most important people at any party. There was always a house party, an apartment party, a block party, a park party, and a mobile DJ was the guy.

Howard Ankin: Hi I’m attorney Howard Ankin, here with Ed Lover. So, Ed, how are you enjoying Chicago and working at Jams?

Ed: I only been here for about five months, almost six months now, and it’s been a blast.

Howard: And what was it like, the early days of hip hop in New York?

Ed: The early days of hip hop in New York was a movement. It wasn’t about money, it wasn’t about status, it was about the love of the music; it’s about the love of hip hop as a culture. It was a real culture, like, graffiti artists, B Boys and hip hop artists were a culture and DJ-ing was part of the culture. That’s what it was all about, that culture, so you knew who was a part of the culture by the way they dressed, by the way they talked, by the way they act, it was a culture.

Howard: Was working on MTV Raps, was that really the first come-up role in your career?

Ed: That was absolutely the biggest break I have ever had in my entire life, was Young MTV Raps, absolutely.

Howard: And how’d that come about?

Ed: Young MTV Raps came about for me because I had a friend by the name of Ted Demme who went on to direct “Blow”, he went on to direct “Life” for Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, he did a lot of “Spin City” for Michael J. Fox and people like that who’s uncle was Jonathan Demme. I knew Ted from high school.

Howard: How did your cohost shift with Dr. Dre come about?

Ed: I auditioned for Young MTV Raps, Dre was actually at the audition while I auditioned, he auditioned. Ted Demme saw us together thought, “Laurel and Hardy” put it together, it’s a different aesthetic than what Freddy is doing alone and we’re in studio show, he saw it and put it together and the rest is history.

Howard: Ed, would you illustrate the Ed Lover dance for me?

Ed: Oh yeah! that’s- absolutely, absolutely, it’s the world-famous Ed Lover dance now. It’s now been 30 years since this thing has been going on. So, this is very simple, I’m gonna need that 900 number by DJ Mark for 45 king, if you please.

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Ed: Okay, it’s very simple alright. It’s 2 pops to the right hip, 2 pops to the left hip and it goes back and forth and it’s like…

Ed claps his hands and shows Howard the Ed Lover dance

Ed: 2 pops, 1, 2, 2 pops, 1, 2, 2 pops, 1,2! Very simple! That’s the Ed Lover dance! And I’ve done that with every celebrity from James Brown to Bobby Brown to everyone that’s ever stepped on, if they come on my show on a Wednesday, Shaquille O’Neal, they’re doing the Ed Lover dance.

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Ed: It is the return of C’MON SON give that pregnant woman a break, she about to have a baby, show some love ya’ll. C’MON SON, how many Rolls Royces do you got outside son? C’MON SON what are ya’ll going crazy for?

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Ed: So, C’MON SON for me was organic because it was something that was going on in hip hop that I wanted to talk about that I didn’t agree with, so when I didn’t agree with it, I was like C’MON SON, like you know better than that. I cut a piece of the cardboard box off and I wrote C’MON SON on it and I just held it up. So that was my way of doing that onto the screen with just a cardboard box, if you know me and you’re older, you’ll either go (Ed makes noises with his mouth) and start doing the Ed Lover dance and laugh about Young MTV Raps. But if you’re on the younger scale of things, early 20’s, 17, 18 years old, you go C’MON SON, it depends. So that’s great for me.

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