Yo! MTV Raps
African-American rapper, actor, musician, radio personality, and MTV VJ Ed Lover (born James Roberts) is recognized as the co-host of the weekday version of MTV's hip hop music specialty program “Yo! MTV Raps” with partner Andre "Doctor Dré" Brown, with whom he would co-star in the comedy movie "Who's the Man?" (1993) and collaborate in a rap album called “Back Up Off Me!” (1994).
Meanwhile, Ed has appeared in the TV series "The Cosby Show," "The Hughleys," "The Jamie Foxx Show," and "According to Jim," as well as in the films "Juice" (1992), "Undisputed" (2002), "The Hustle" (2003; V), and "The Bahama Hustle" (2004; The Bahama Hustle (2004; V). He also hosted the TV shows "One World Music Beat" (1998), “KO Nation” (2000-2001), and "Hip Hop Hold 'Em" (2006). He is now a co-host on New York's Hip-Hop Radio Power 105.1 FM.
Childhood and Family:
On February 12, 1963, James Roberts was born in Hollis, New York. He would later be more popular as Ed Lover.
Back Up Off Me!
In the late 1980s, Ed Lover began his career as a co-host for the weekday version of MTV's hip hop music specialty program “Yo! MTV Raps” with partner Andre "Doctor Dré" Brown. He stayed on the show from 1988 to 1993, during which the pair co-starred in the a comedy film directed by Ted Demme, "Who's the Man?" (1993).
Meanwhile, Ed guest starred as a taxi driver in a 1992 episode of "The Cosby Show" as well as in the TV movies "Move the Crowd" (1992), "Yuletide in the 'hood" (1993; voice), and "A Cool Like That Christmas" (1994; voice). He also played contest judge in Ernest R. Dickerson's crime/drama/thriller film starring Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur, "Juice" (1992).
In 1994, Ed collaborated with Doctor Dré to release a rap album called “Back Up Off Me!” It was released on November 8, 1994 through Relativity Records to a mild success, peaking at #91 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and #27 on the Top Heatseekers . The album spawned two charting singles, (#85 Billboard Hot 100, #23 Hot Rap Singles) and "For the Love of You" (#47 Hot Rap Singles).
On the big screen, Ed was cast alongside Cedric the Entertainer and Sticky Fingaz in Millicent Shelton's independent comedy "Ride" (1998). On the small screen, he hosted the music show "One World Music Beat" (1998). He also appeared in the TV series "Battle Dome" and "The Hughleys," as well as the made-for-television movie "Double Platinum" (1999).
During 2000-2001, Ed hosted a show on HBO called “KO Nation.” He also appeared on the VH1 program 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders in 2002.
Meanwhile, Ed guest-starred in an episode of "The Jamie Foxx Show" and in multiple episode of "According to Jim." He also could be seen in the film "Undisputed" (2002) and the straight-to-video released "The Hustle" (2003).
2004 saw Ed in the TV show "5 Deadly Videos" and the straight-to-video released movie "The Bahama Hustle." Later in 2006, he served as a host for the hit game show "Hip Hop Hold 'Em."
Ed is currently a co-host on New York's Hip-Hop Radio Power 105.1 FM.