Call it the “Beavis and Butt-Head” factor, but suddenly everything old is, like, cool again. Or something. Case in point: On December 4, MTV2 will herald the return of one of the most beloved franchises in MTV history, “Yo! MTV Raps.”
The show, which originally aired from 1988 to 1995, was the first major hip-hop program on a network, and it helped rap videos blow up globally as it gave some of the biggest stars of the day a forum to talk about their music with hosts Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover and Dr. Dre.
The 30-minute retrospective, entitled, “Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts,” will air just after the first annual Sucker Free Awards, which premiere at 11 p.m. on December 4. The show’s original hosts will be on hand to discuss some of the clips that aired on the program, including interviews with the masterminds behind three of the all-time “Yo!” classics: A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario,” Geto Boys’ “My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me” and Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day.”
“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 said. “By looking back at these classic songs in hip-hop it becomes clear that hip-hop would inevitably transcend distance and generations.”
Among the artists viewers will hear from on the special are: Q-Tip, Scarface, Ice Cube, Wiz Khalifa, DJ Khaled, Questlove, Busta Rhymes, Mac Miller, Machine Gun Kelly, Young Jeezy, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Phife, Fat Joe, Common, Mike Epps, Ice-T, Meek Mill, Tyga and Naughty by Nature. As a bonus, DJ Premier will also be in the house to remix the iconic “Yo!” theme song.
“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,” said original host and hip-hip pioneer Fab 5 Freddy. “In order to appreciate how far hip-hop has come, you have to pay respect to the songs and artists that helped catapult the genre from a small community of fans to world domination.”
The “Yo!” special will also cap a monthlong celebration of hip-hop that will culminate with the Sucker Free Awards hosted by MTV’s Sway Calloway.
Vote for your favorites now on SuckerFreeAwards.MTV2.com, and don’t forget to tune in December 4 at 11 p.m. ET on MTV2 for the first Sucker Free Awards!