YO! MTV Raps Classic

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  • 1988
  • 1 Season

Popular rap music videos showcased along with live performances and interviews with notable rap artists.

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Kid Frost
50. Kid Frost
September 28, 1990
Fab 5 Freddy hangs out with Kid Frost and Mellow Man Ace in East LA. They discuss low-riding cars, Chicano culture, and Hispanic rap.
Geto Boys
49. Geto Boys
November 15, 1991
Fab 5 Freddy visits Houston to interview the Geto Boys about living in the Fifth Ward, their music, and Rap-A-Lot records.
Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff
48. Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff
October 28, 1988
Fab 5 Freddy hangs out with Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff in Central Park. They talk about their Philly roots, musical origins, and their world tour.
Big Daddy Kane
47. Big Daddy Kane
January 26, 1990
Fab 5 Freddy and Big Daddy Kane visit their old neighborhood in Bed-Stuy. Kane discusses his Brooklyn childhood, inspirations, and future music.
2 Live Crew
46. 2 Live Crew
December 24, 1989
Ed Lover and Doctor Dre chill poolside in Miami with 2 Live Crew. Fab 5 Freddy stops by with L'Trimm.
LL Cool J
45. LL Cool J
October 14, 1988
LL Cool J and his mom host Fab 5 Freddy at their home. They discuss Blondie's "Rapture" video and "Going Back to Cali".
3 Times Dope
44. 3 Times Dope
September 5, 1989
Fab 5 Freddy visits iconic spots in Philly with3 Times Dope, and several other local rappers meet up with them.
Slick Rick
43. Slick Rick
January 27, 1989
Fab 5 Freddy hangs out in the Diamond District of Manhattan with Slick Rick.
MC Hammer
42. MC Hammer
March 10, 1989
Fab 5 Freddy visits the Phil Black Dance Studio in Manhattan to talk with MC Hammer and Oaktown's 357.
Tupac and John Singleton
41. Tupac and John Singleton
July 15, 1993
Ed Lover and Doctor Dre talk with Tupac and John Singleton while counting down the week's top 10 rap videos.
Naughty By Nature
40. Naughty By Nature
October 3, 1991
Ed Lover and Doctor Dre hang out on set with Naughty By Nature who perform their song "O.P.P." live.
39. N.W.A.
October 20, 1990
Fab 5 Freddy interviews the members of N.W.A. behind-the-scenes of their new music video for "100 Miles and Runnin'".
Ice Cube
38. Ice Cube
September 7, 1990
Fab 5 Freddy visits Hollywood Blvd. and interviews Ice Cube about his music, leaving N.W.A., and upcoming projects.
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg
37. Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg
April 29, 1993
Fab 5 Freddy is in LA visiting Dr. Dre's pool party. He interviews Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg about their music, Death Row Records, and their upcoming projects.
Eddie Murphy
36. Eddie Murphy
June 25, 1992
Eddie Murphy discusses his new movie 'Boomerang' and his 'Love's Alright' album.
Beastie Boys
35. Beastie Boys
November 14, 1989
Fab 5 Freddy is in NYC's Chinatown with Beastie Boys discussing their roots, the neighborhood, and the address where they started their career.
Mel Gibson
34. Mel Gibson
May 25, 1995
Mel Gibson visits the set, and Blak Panta discusses his career and demonstrates his signature dance.
Mike Tyson
33. Mike Tyson
March 8, 1991
Fab 5 Freddy is in Las Vegas to interview Mike Tyson about rap music, growing up in Brooklyn, and his boxing career.
A Tribe Called Quest Behind The Scenes
32. A Tribe Called Quest Behind The Scenes
March 27, 1992
Fab 5 Freddy visits the video shoot for "Scenario" and talks with A Tribe Called Quest, Leaders of the New School, De La Soul, and Spike Lee.
31. Shaq
August 4, 1992
Ed Lover and Doctor Dre hang out with Shaquille O'Neal on set.
30. Das EFX
December 2, 1993
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Das EFX underground about their music, being authentic, and performing in Europe.
29. Supercat
September 4, 1992
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Supercat about the dancehall genre and moving to America from Jamaica.
Wu-Tang Clan
28. Wu-Tang Clan
January 20, 1994
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Wu-Tang Clan about their origins, style, and music on the set of their new music video.
Run D.M.C. / Beastie Boys
27. Run D.M.C. / Beastie Boys
November 14, 1991
Doctor Dre begins the episode with the Beastie Boys, and Ed Lover brings out Run-D.M.C. who discuss their greatest hits album and legacy, and perform a freestyle rap live.
Bad Boy Entertainment
26. Bad Boy Entertainment
January 27, 1995
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Sean "Puffy" Combs about his history and Bad Boy Entertainment, and interviews The Notorious B.I.G. and Craig Mack.
Mary J. Blige
25. Mary J. Blige
September 10, 1992
T Money and Doctor Dre interview Mary J. Blige about her music and new album, and she performs "What's The 411?" live with Grand Puba.
24. Nas
June 2, 1994
Nas discusses his origins and creative process with Fab 5 Freddy in a music studio.
Cypress Hill
23. Cypress Hill
November 1, 1991
Cypress Hill discusses their sound, name, and upcoming album with Fab 5 Freddy in Times Square.
Yo! 3rd Anniversary
22. Yo! 3rd Anniversary
October 4, 1991
Fab 5 Freddy showcases past memorable moments on his 3rd anniversary episode of Yo! MTV Raps.
Ed Lover Dance
21. Ed Lover Dance
February 4, 1992
Ed Lover teaches a class on how to properly do the Ed Lover dance.
House of Pain
20. House of Pain
June 25, 1992
T Money interviews House of Pain, and they perform "Jump Around" live.
Yo! Ladies Night
19. Yo! Ladies Night
June 25, 1997
Angie Martinez hosts from behind-the-scenes of the "Ladies Night" music video shoot, and talks with the artists featured in the video and the director.
18. Salt-N-Pepa
February 6, 1992
Salt-N-Pepa discuss their music and children, and perform "You Showed Me" live.
The Last Show
17. The Last Show
August 18, 1995
The hosts interview various rap artists and groups about what the show has meant for them, and flashback to memorable moments throughout the show. Several artists perform live.
Eric B. & Rakim
16. Eric B. & Rakim
January 16, 1992
Ed Lover interviews Eric B. about changes with Eric B. & Rakim, and they perform "Juice" live.
Lady of Rage
15. Lady of Rage
July 29, 1994
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Lady of Rage on a roof in NYC.
Smokin Joe Wilcox
14. Smokin Joe Wilcox
March 3, 1992
T Money dresses up as Smokin Joe Wilcox and pretends to box with members of the live audience. Black Sheep promo discussing how music can cross genres.
13. KRS One
September 13, 1992
KRS-One discusses their music and politics, and performs "We In There" live.
The Notorious B.I.G. Tribute
12. The Notorious B.I.G. Tribute
March 12, 1997
Clips featuring The Notorious B.I.G. hosting the show with Lil Ceaser in 1996 and Craig Mack in 1995.
Heavy D
11. Heavy D
March 4, 1992
Heavy D hangs out on set with Ed Lover and Doctor Dre, and performs "You Can't See What I Can See" live.
10. 2Pac
February 11, 1993
Fab 5 Freddy interviews 2Pac on the streets of LA before visiting Echo Sound
Public Enemy
9. Public Enemy
September 26, 1991
The members of Public Enemy fool around on set and perform "Can't Truss It" live
James Brown
8. James Brown
August 25, 1991
James Brown visits the new set of Yo! MTV Raps and discusses his music and legacy
Kris Kross
7. Kris Kross
September 2, 1993
Ed Lover interviews Kris Kross on the set of their new music video.
De La Soul
6. De La Soul
January 13, 1994
Fab 5 Freddy interviews De La Soul about their music and the longevity of rap.
Live From Spring Break 1990
5. Live From Spring Break 1990
March 16, 1990
Ed Lover and Doctor Dre host live from Spring Break 1990 in Daytona Beach.
Queen Latifah
4. Queen Latifah
September 22, 1989
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Queen Latifah in The 45 King's studio.
Sir Mix-a-Lot
3. Sir Mix-a-Lot
March 5, 1992
Ed Lover and Doctor Dre interview Sir Mix-a-Lot who performs "One Time's Got No Case" live.
2. N.W.A.
April 7, 1989
Fab 5 Freddy hangs out with N.W.A. around Compton and Venice Beach.
1. Run-D.M.C.
September 21, 1988
Run-D.M.C. hosts the first episode of Yo! MTV Raps and interviews several rap artists.

Popular rap music videos showcased along with live performances and interviews with notable rap artists. YO! MTV Raps Classic is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (50 episodes). The series first aired on September 21, 1988.

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  • Premiere Date
    September 21, 1988