MTV brought back lovable cartoon idiots Beavis and Butt-head and the alternative rock show ’120 minutes,’ so why not resurrect ‘Yo! MTV Raps,’ the series that may have been the most important hip-hop-related television show of all-time?
Unfortunately, the return of Yo! is just for one night, in the form of a 30-minute special to air on MTV2 on Dec. 4, directly following the Sucker Free Awards. Original hosts Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover and Dr. Dre will chat with some of today’s biggest hip-hop stars.
“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,” former co-host Ed Lover tells MTV. “By looking back at these classic songs in hip-hop it becomes clear that hip-hop would inevitably transcend distance and generations.”
Fab 5 Freddy adds, “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.”
Among those scheduled to appear are Busta Rhymes, Ice Cube, DJ Khaled and Wiz Khalifa. Also on the bill: Chart-topping teen rapper Mac Miller, who was not even born when Yo! debuted on MTV in 1988.