The BET Teen Summit was a TV show for teenagers on air from 1989 to 2002 that combined a talk show where teens discussed everyday issues with live performances from up and coming hip-hop and R&B groups. It remains one of the greatest things BET has ever put on television.
Above is Xscape as teenagers (ages 13, 16 and 17), before they were signed, singing a very impressive rendition of “Hold On” by En Vogue in 1992.
Kriss Kross perform “Jump” and “Warm it Up” in 1992, backwards clothes and all (RIP Chris Kelly).
The show didn’t only feature teen acts, but they did catch a lot of big names in the very beginnings of their careers. Back when even R. Kelly was new, listen to how excited they are about his sound as he performs his very first single back in 1992.
Method Man performs his first single, “Bring the Pain” in 1996.
Finally, Lil’ Kim, Mase and Puff Daddy (remember that guy?) perform “No Time” the Queen Bee’s debut single in 1996.