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They also told me that in the middle they wanted me to drop in a scene of I Love Lucy, then drop in a scene of The Honeymooners. I was like, ‘Uh, you can’t do that.’ And they were like, ‘Why not?’ So I said, ‘Well, there are copyright issues. You can’t just use TV shows.’ And they were like, ‘Nah, just tape it off the air. Tape it on a VHS.’ Then it hit me that these guys are just sampling music, they’re not going through the legal thing. When they want a sample they just grab it, and I think that’s how they were looking at the visuals.
Lionel C. Martin on his video for “Night of the Living Baseheads,” part of what promises to be a great series at Wax Poetics on the uncredited directors of Yo! MTV Raps' early years.

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