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It’s true. Big Ced, of the Industry C0sign and a whole lotta ish you can ask him about yourself, is more Hip-Hop than any of us. I first noted it when after every time I thought to myself, “Damn, that dude in MC Lyte’s ‘Paper Thin’ video looks just like Ced”—it turned out to be Ced (via Rocka Candy) after all.
Then when searching for my old Source 50th issue to scan its cover for a recent post, I came across my set of Blaze Magazine issues [semi-tangent: Aliya S. King relayed a great story involving Blaze right here). I’ve teased Cedric many times that I would get around to scanning his appearance in the aforementioned mag’s review section. Nah, he didn’t write a review, but his mug was used as the sections rating scale (large pic below). Pretty creative move on the late mag’s part, actually.
All this to say, Ced is more Hip-Hop than you, you, you and all the you in the back, and in the middle, and in the front. Word.
He mentions it often, but honestly I never really paid it much attention – that is, until I saw it up close and personal on cable late one night. Sure, the signs were everywhere – like that time his image showed up magically alongside some hip hop greats in a D-Nice clipped gallery, or how he strangely knows every ol’ skool rapper within a 25 mile radius of Manhattan – but who really reads signs?
Of course I’m talking about Big Ced of The Industry Cosign, and a former editor for hip hop titles like Blaze and The Source. The dude’s been telling me (and anyone within earshot) he’s hip hop royalty for years, but in NYC every third person screams some title or another, so it’s hard to know when to believe.
One late night tryst with VH1-Soul yielded something otherworldly – a familiar face as Mc Lyte’s man in her classic clip for the single “Paper Thin.” Upon close inspection it was Ced starring as Lyte’s trifling lover that she finds hugged up with two other chicks on the subway somewhere in 80’s NYC. When it clicked that Ced was the visualization of the tragic mack Lyte’s rapping about, I was stuck.
By the end of the vid, I was on the phone calling head’s about the clip, browsers all over Brooklyn were searching youtube. But it wasn’t until someone pointed me in the direction of a video I’d seen countless times as a teenager, that the true conversion occurred – Monie Love’s, “Monie In The Middle.”
Yup, that’s him, all up in the middle with Monie – the dude with the nerd glasses. It turns out Ced actually is hip hop, the evidence was glaring. He was a pivotal part of a musical iconoclast – the female rapper which doesn’t even exist today.
But what makes Ced’s contribution truly noteworthy is that he’s actually America’s first male video ho – and that’s truly gangsta.