Bring Back: YO MTV RAPS

Yo! MTV Raps was a two-hour American television music video program, which ran from August 1988 to August 1995 through its original Yo! MTV Raps name and later by Yo! (until 1999). The program (created by Ted Demme and Peter Dougherty) was the first hip hop music show on the network, based on the original MTV Europe show, aired one year earlier. The U.S. version was hosted by Doctor Dré (not to be confused with N.W.A. alumnus Dr. Dre), Ed Lover and Fab 5 Freddy, premiering on MTVon August 6, 1988.

Yo! MTV Raps had its series finale on August 17, 1995. Numerous high-profile names in the world of hip-hop closed the show out with a freestyle rap session. Salt-N-Pepaholds the distinction of appearing on the first (technically, the first episode to feature Fab 5 Freddy) and last episodes of Yo! MTV Raps.

From 1996 to 1999, MTV repackaged it as simply Yo! The repackaged version was far more stripped down. Yo! had a weekly slate of special guest hosts. Angie Martinezand Fatman Scoop served as its hosts. By 1997, Yo! was hosted by various Hip Hop and Rap artists. By 1998, Yo! had no guest hosts and became a one hour program airing late Friday nights at 1am or 1:30am (Eastern Standard Time). With the occasion of Thursdays.

In 2000, MTV’s outlet for hip-hop videos became Direct Effect, known since 2006 as Sucker Free. It airs three times a week around 7:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time). It is one of the few music video outlets for MTV besides its late-night/early-morning music video rotation hours, as MTV continues to focus on non-music video programming, especially reality television shows.

BIGGIE PUFFY CRAIG MACK interview

Kris Kross

Yo Spring Break Freestyle

Spike Lee 1989 and 1990 interview

Wu Tang

Last episode Rakim, KRS-ONE, Erick Sermon, Chubb Rock & Mc Serch

PArt Two RED METH SPECIAL ED LARGE PROFESSOR

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