Though the show went off the air in 1995, it went down in history as the longest running, and as one of the most influential, hip-hop programs. It became a platform for artists to have their videos (that might otherwise not have been in rotation on MTV) played, and a way for kids all over the world to feel more connected to hip-hop culture.
Now, 20 years later, MTV celebrates the anniversary of “Yo! MTV Raps” by devoting the month of April to special programming: highlights of past episodes, a look back by the original hosts, as well as commentaries by some of today’s artists – including a round table discussion on how hip-hop programming has evolved over the past 20 years.
Be on the look out for “Yo! MTV Raps” Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 30 at 4:30 p.m. and Yo! Countdown Shows on April 28 through 30 at 4:30 p.m. Also, MTV2 Sucker Free: “Yo! MTV Raps” airs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 30 at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Sucker Free Sunday Countdown is on April 26 at noon.
For more information, visit www.mtv.com.