It’s officially a wrap for BET’s 106 & Park. After 14 years being aired it has finally come to an end. It’s a very bitter yet appreciative moment for Hip Hop and R&B fans across the world. We decided to share our thoughts about our Favorite 106 & Park Moment and Favorite 106 & Park Hosts.
Favorite 106 & Park Moment
Simply Brown: It’s very hard to single out one specific moment on 106 & Park. Growing up as a Lil Bow Wow, Lil Romeo, and B2K fan…yeah that was years ago, any time any of those guys made an appearance it was a favorite moment. Fans were literally able to watch their favorite music artist grow into the individuals that they are today. The New Year’s celebration that they have every year was something I always looked forward to especially when I was younger and couldn’t really go anywhere besides my bedroom with a glass filled with ginger ale. Freestyle Fridays were always dope! I remember I used to prepare my own little freestyle thinking I was one day going to participate. Don’t worry about it. Being on 106 & Park for any music artist, actor, activist, entrepreneur was a truly a dream come to. You had to have accomplished something great to be able to come sit on the 106 & Park couch.
K: Growing up on 106, it was absolutely important. I remember being younger & sitting everything down when it came on. Watching the countdown to see my favorite videos & then getting to see them retired was great. 106 has been a sort of institution in the black community. Where our artists & issues got the spotlight. From getting people to vote to coming together after tragedy. It was also great for some hilarious moments from some of your favorite artists. Whether it was Beyoncé or Janet flirting with AJ or Tom Cruise doing the motorcycle dance, or just Jamie Foxx being silly. An actual President & First Lady was on there. It was one of the last places Aaliyah was seen before she passed. Kanye & 50 going head to head. Or the day after the Grammys when they would allow Hip Hop & R&B artists whose categories were not aired to come on & say their thank yous. As I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten away from 106, but I will always look at it as a very necessary platform & outlet for the black community. I hope it is replaced with another.
Favorite 106 & Park Hosts
Simply Brown: Don’t get me wrong. Every host was special and unique in his or her own way; however, AJ & Free started it off. They paved the way for everyone else after them, they set a very high bar for the show. AJ & Free gave the show that family feeling. I always enjoyed Rocsi & Terrence as well. It’s good to see Terrence expand his talent by becoming a successful actor and hosting on another very popular network.
K: Hands down AJ & Free. For the first 5 years when they were on I never missed an episode. They felt like part of the family. I remember that last episode where AJ was sitting on the couch crying & Free was on the phone telling him to stop. It was a very emotional moment. Most of my absolute favorite moments happened when they hosted. They were the best.
As 106 draws to a close today it feels like the end of an era. I will be going on YouTube & looking up some clips. I don’t know where else up & coming Hip Hop & R&B artists will get that shine. It is definitely a sad occasion.
Farewell 106 & Park.