Almost two weeks after I saw the thing, I'm still remembering Kanye West ripping and flowing over the friendly competition on Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'N Out.
For some reason I haven't, yet, set my remote to skip past MTV so I flipped and saw a group of mostly black men and women coming to the end of acting out ... something. Everyone else, dressed in long black, white or red Jersey shirts and "whickity-wack" skewed caps, casually sat in lawn chairs.
Someone won a point - graphically popped on screen as a microphone tally - as the Red and Black teams squared off on the circular, low stage.
The vibe was good, so I stopped. Good enough where I sat through the immediate commercial. Nick "Feeling' Freaky" Cannon's doing what now?
Coming back from commercial, I turned the volume back up and one of the guys on stage announced "The Hating Game. Two men - for laughs - tried out their best come-to-me, pick-up lines. The idea being the men didn't want nothing to do with trying to win the woman's heart - I think Christina Milian in this case.
I didn't know who they were, but one was putting in a seriously smooth freestyle rhyme. Found out later in the show that was Kanye West.
The group on stage was a multi-cast, multicultural set, though I didn't see that at first. I can't honestly say any comparisons came to mind as I watched - not In Living Color or Whose Line Is it Anyway. I think I was still in deep shock that something was worth watching on MTV (aka Mind Thought Vacuum).
Each team acted out whatever interpretation and scratch-spin they wanted to put on Pinocchio and Robin Hood. In a "Fractured Fairytales" vein - set in the projects - they developed plot and roles. I haven't seen it since then, and remember I may have been suffering some sort of Post-Traumatic MTV Disorder, but it was improv and lathered up hard. It was fresh.