It may be raining at MTV headquarters in New York, but it’s sunny, warm and lively in Acapulco where MTV is celebrating Spring Break 2010. This year’s party was highlighted by some stellar performances by the likes of Ludacris (who teamed up with Young Money member Nicki Minaj for a killer run through “My Chick Bad”), Drake (who knocked out his latest single “Over”) and Trey Songz (who brought out his hit “I Invented Sex”). The party continues with music from B.o.B., Pitbull and more members of the Young Money crew. You can catch all the excellent music (as well as the scantily-clad revelers in Acapulco) on mtvU all week.
Spring Break has been tradition at MTV for over two decades, and the parties have hosted live performances from some of the biggest artists of all time. But not everybody who played to the beach bums became legends — some simply had their time in the sun, then faded away. Enjoy the trip down Sprig Break memory lane.
Then: Back in 2000, you could not turn on a radio or television without running into Sisqo’s signature hit “The Thong Song.” What better place to deliver a song about thongs than at Spring Break 2000, where there were no shortage of actual thongs in the bathing suit-wearing audience.
Now: After releasing one more solo album, Sisqo tried to get his old group Dru Hill back together, though they broke up again during the announcement of their reformation. He has become something of a reality show regular now, having appeared on “Gone Country” in 2008 and “Celebrity Big Brother” in the U.K. just this year.
Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Then: In the mid-1990s, the music world fell in love with ska, and Boston’s Mighty Mighty Bosstones were at the forefront of the movement. Their hit “The Impression That I Get” became one of the signature tunes of the movement, and they helped move the crowd at Spring Break in 1996.
Now: Bosstones frontman Dicky Barrett started a radio career and then got a gig as the announcer for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” His band still records — 2009′s Pin Points and Gin Joints was criminally overlooked.
Then: Lit’s brand of aggressive, melodic punk-infused rock was the perfect soundtrack for driving to the beach, and “My Own Worst Enemy” — which they performed at Spring Break in 2000 — catapulted their second album A Place in the Sun to platinum status.
Now: The band released one more major label album (the underrated Atomic) before going independent in 2002. In 2009, they announced the tragic passing of their drummer Allen Shellenberger, but the group soldiers on with a new guy behind the kit.
Then: Missy Elliott’s top protegé of 2002 had a hit song in “Oops (Oh My)” and a cameo in Elliott’s “Work It” video. She topped it off with a crowd-pleasing performance at Spring Break.
Now: Tweet’s debut album Southern Hummingbird was well-received, but her follow-up was delayed by label woes. She eventually signed with a new label and has had a completed album called Love, Tweet floating in limbo since 2008.