Yo! MTV Raps which debuted on MTV in 1988, was dedicated to rap music and the hip-hop culture. Eric B. And Rakim’s “Follow The Leader” was the first video shown on ‘Yo! MTV Raps’.
Formerly hosted by Fab 5 Freddy and comedians Ed Lover and Doctor Dre, Yo! MTV Raps, and other MTV music shows from the past will be returning to television soon. The classic hip-hop music show will be streaming on Paramount+ instead of MTV as it did in the past.
According to reports, Paramount+ is reviving a collection of original shows, including Yo! MTV Raps, Behind The Music, and Unplugged are set to relaunch this week. Yo! MTV Raps which debuted on MTV in 1988, was dedicated to rap music and the hip-hop culture. Eric B. And Rakim’s “Follow The Leader” was the first video shown on Yo! MTV Raps. However, Run DMC’s “Rock Box” was the first rap video played on MTV in 1984.
The hip-hop show ended its run in 1995. Other rappers’ videos and interviews aired on MTV. Including DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Queen Latifah, Public Enemy, Fat Boys, and the Beastie Boys. In a statement released by the network, the return of ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ will include live performances, cyphers, and hosted segments.
“It will serve as a comprehensive deep dive into the current state of hip-hop. After its debut 33 years ago on August 6, 1988, ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ became the premier destination for all things hip-hop.” Paramount said in a press release.
‘Behind The Music’ debuted on Vh1 in 1997. It’s a show that documents the personal lives, career paths and successes, and problematic issues of music artists and music groups who are no longer in the music industry. Some of the artists and groups profiled on the show during its 14-year run include MC Hammer, Milli Vanilli, Tina Turner, The Who, Metallica, and John Lennon.
MTV’s Unplugged’ debuted in 1989, showcases a combination of songs and albums released by different artists and groups. Artists like Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Tony Bennett, Alicia Keys, and Rod Stewart have appeared on the show. After returning in 2010, ‘Unplugged’ expanded to ‘Unplugged At Home’ following the arrival of Covid-19.
Tamara Anderson is a freelance writer in the Chicagoland area. She has featured articles in multiple entertainment and hip-hop media outlets.