The Classic Yo! MTV Raps Returns, One Night Only!

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Perhaps Juelz Santana predicted the future, calling for the simple times when Yo! MTV Raps was a staple of the hiphop sound. The show was not just a video shuffle, nor a typical TRL-esque MTV sound explosion, but defined the public 90s rap scene. Never before had so much talent crossed the same screen, nor had rap had its own voice on television. Fab Freddy, Ed Lover, and the oft-confusing Doctor Dre brought hiphop to the masses and are perhaps responsible for the era we now enjoy, rich with RZA-inspired beats, lyrics as raw as Nas', and the pedestal of rap culture. A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Wu-Tang, Will Smith (a la the Fresh Price and Jazzy Jeff), Ice Cube, the Geto Boys, and a massive collection of other artists can thank Raps for much of their early exposure and fame. Nearly anyone in the game in the 90s was featured, including 2Pac’s classic rant that landed him in jail and O.D.B.’s constant drunken stupors. Despite being part of the corporate system that helped to create an angry, misrepresented rap culture in the early days, MTV aided the creation of a generation of artists that inspire us still.

With that in mind, the recent announcement of a one-time-only repeat of Yo! MTV Raps on MTV2 in December is a big deal. Though it does not promise a return of the show, which may not even find the same success today, it offers an excellent chance to reunite the cast, see where many rappers first grabbed at fame, and reminisce alongside hiphop dynasties. The show promises a slew of guest artists, the typical greats of today, and a review of classic A Tribe Called Quest, Ice Cube, and Geto Boys tracks, including the song that promoted recent Cash Money signee Busta Rhymes, “Scenario.”

Rappers of today and ago, fond of the old days, still mention and yearn for Yo! MTV Raps in a range of songs. The most famous being, of course, Ice Cube’s ghetto dreamland “It Was A Good Day.” A key part of Cube’s excellent Compton day was catching Yo! MTV Raps on Short Dog’s TV.

Went to Short Dog’s house, they was watching “Yo! MTV Raps"
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Similarly, acts from Cunninlynguists to Das Racist share remarks on the golden era of classic hiphop, wishing for a return. Thankfully, RapGenius has most of these, letting you think about the good days alongside your favorite rapper. Tune in December 4th after the Sucker Free awards and hope for a dose of classic rap served by the network that once was.

Classic Yo! MTV Raps mentions:

Featured songs in the reunion show:

Enjoy “Scenario” and get excited!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFZLq6R-ZtM