Popular 1980s-90s MTV hip-hop show, “Yo! MTV Raps,” is making a return in early December for a one-night retrospective show.
The show originally aired from 1988 to 1995, and was the first major hip-hop program on a network. It helped rap videos garner international attention, giving some of the genre’s biggest stars a forum to talk about their music with hosts Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover and Dr. Dre.
The show’s original hosts will return to discuss some of the clips that aired on the program, including interviews with the masterminds behind three of the all-time “Yo!” classics: A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario,” Geto Boys’ “My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me” and Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day.”
“It’s a great moment to be reconnected with Yo! and examine the music that had a role in introducing hip-hop to music lovers globally,” Lover told MTV. “By looking back at these classic songs in hip-hop, it becomes clear that hip-hop would inevitably transcend distance and generations.”
“In this ‘Classic Cuts’ special, people will go back to a seminal time in hip-hop, which many have called the ‘Golden Era’, resulting in records that are as meaningful today as they were back then,” adds Fab 5 Freddy. “In order to appreciate how far hip-hop has come, you have to pay respect to the songs and artists that helped catapult the genre from a small community of fans to world domination.”
The 30-minute retrospective, entitled, “Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts,” will air just after the first annual Sucker Free Awards, which premiere at 11 pm on December 4.
Others to appear include Q-Tip, Ice Cube, Wiz Khalifa, DJ Khaled, Questlove, Busta Rhymes, Young Jeezy, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Phife, Fat Joe, Common, Mike Epps and Ice-T, among others.
DJ Premier will be at the wheels of steel to remix the Yo! MTV Raps theme song.