Saturday, March 17, 2012

Five Videos From Yo! MTV Raps

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases five videos from the television series "Yo! MTV Raps".


"Yo! MTV Raps is 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 MTV on August 6, 1988....

The advent of Yo! MTV Raps in the late 1980s was crucial to the spread of hip-hop around the world. Through MTV Europe, MTV Asia, and MTV Latino, African-American and Latino style and sound was instantly available to millions of people across the globe. This helped to create a worldwide appreciation and interest in the hip-hop scene, which is something that was celebrated on the Yo! MTV Raps 20th anniversary...

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... By 1998, Yo! had no guest hosts and became a one hour program airing late Friday nights at 1 a.m. or 1:30 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time)."


These selected videos are showcased for their historical, folkloric, and entertainment values. They are presented in no ranking order.

[Note: These selected videos contain no profanity or explicit sexual references. However, a number of the comments in the videos' viewer comments threads contain profanity. Reader discretion is advised.]


Uploaded by Kozomnouk on Jan 13, 2011

Video #2: ed lover dance

Uploaded by oohtandembike on Apr 25, 2009

Video #3: Big Daddy Kane - Medley (Live) @ Yo MTV Raps 1991 (HQ)

Uploaded by yoedykraps1 on Nov 8, 2009

Video #4: 2Pac - If My Homie Calls (Live) @ Yo MTV Raps 1992 (HQ)

Uploaded by yoedykraps1 on Oct 5, 2009

Video #5: Black Sheep - The Choice Is Yours (Live) @ Yo MTV Raps (Spring Break) 1992 (HQ)

Uploaded by yoedykraps1 on Oct 5, 2009

My thanks to the performers, composers, producers, and uploaders of these videos.

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