MTV is trying to put themselves back on top with a Yo! MTV Raps reboot.
MTV once upon a time use to be the taste-makers when it came to putting hip-hop on the map and introducing it to the mainstream audience. Now decades later and after rebooting one of their greatest cultural music video shows last year, MTV is trying its hand at bringing back another one of their classic hip-hop shows, Yo! MTV Raps.
While it isn’t official yet, they’re putting together a 30th anniversary tribute concert in honor of the monumental show this coming summer. The Yo! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience will be hosted at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center June 1 with an absolutely unforgettable line up of hip-hop legends and pioneers. The Golden Era Pioneers lineup is scheduled to feature a dozen artists that appeared on the show from its premiere in 1988 up until 1995 including – Rakim and Eric B., Big Daddy Kane and the Juice Crew, Doug E. fresh, KRS-One, Flavor Flav from Public Enemy, Melle Mel and the Furious Five, Yo-Yo, Onyx, Black Sheep, and many more.
The influential series was a milestone in the era of prime-time hip-hop giving a lot of artists who came on the show their mainstream start or helped birth their careers. The show consisted of various hip-hop performances and a platform for artists to premiere their videos. To make this possible comeback even better, the show will be hosted by all the original hosts and DJs including Fab Freddy 5, Ed Lover, Doctor Dre, T-Money, DJ Skribble, and more.
The anniversary concert, which will be live-streamed by MTV, is just the start to the campaign to “reinvent” Yo! MTV Raps across television and social media. When describing the show to Rolling Stone, Doctor Dre said “Yo! MTV Raps … actually put hip-hop on the map around the globe. From southeast Asia … to Peru, Argentina. Antarctica even used to watch Yo! MTV Raps.”
Make sure you grab tickets for the anniversary concert when they go on sale this Saturday, April 21 at 12PM.