MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway and his “World Famous Wake Up Show” radio partner King Tech will premiere the video for their new “2010 Wake Up Show Anthem” on MTV Jams this Sunday. The track — featuring Cypress Hill’s B-Real, Ras Kass, Tech N9ne, Crooked I, Kam Moye and Bay Area rapper Locksmith — is the follow-up to the duo’s breakout hit, 1999’s “The Anthem,” which featured an array of MCs, including Eminem, Wu-Tang Clan’s the RZA , Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch and Kool G. Rap, among others.
The original track became the standout on the longtime radio hosts’ album This or That. “The Anthem” also served as an audio pep rally for Sway and Tech’s historic radio show, which has showcased once-upcoming MCs like Em, Big L and Common.
“For the ’Wake Up Show Anthem,’ it’s just usually people or artists that we respect, who are known spitters that innovated their own styles,” Sway explained of the posse cuts. “Someone like the RZA a.k.a. Bobby Digital, there’s something really distinct about when he came out early in his career as Prince Raheem and then into the Wu-Tang Clan. He’s always had a distinct voice and distinct way that he spit his lyrics.
“I think it goes without saying that Eminem is one of the most gifted lyricists to ever touch a mic,” Sway continued.
For the updated set, Sway and Tech kept with tradition and selected a lineup of wordsmiths who tangle words together like a tricky knot.
“We try to put together MCs that we feel will have a great synergy and represent something that’s important to hip-hop,” Sway said.
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