It’s been over two decades since Yo! MTV Raps last aired on MTV but thirty years after its original premiere, the cable television network is bringing the series back as a linear and digital series across its platforms.
Announced on Wednesday (April 18), MTV will reinvent Yo! MTV Raps for a new generation and will kick things off on June 1 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn with the Yo! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience.
The event will feature a star-studded lineup of hip-hop legends including: Big Daddy Kane and the Juice Crew, Eric B. & Rakim, Doug E. Fresh, KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions, Fat Joe, Yo-Yo, Onyx, EPMD, Flavor Flav, Black Sheep, DAS EFX, Special Ed, Pharcyde, Brand Nubian, Nice & Smooth, Melle Mel & The Furious Five, Kid Capri, DJ Skribble, Red Alert, Chuck Chillout, Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover, Doctor Dré and more.
The 30th Anniversary Experience will also feature tribute videos from the likes of Eminem, Method Man, Redman and more. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday (April 20) and can be purchased here. If you can’t make it to Brooklyn, the Yo! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience will be streamed by MTV.
Sadly, one person who won’t be in attendance for the event is Peter Dougherty. The co-creator of the series passed away in 2015 due to a heart attack. Along with Ted Demme, the two pushed for MTV to feature more black music on television, which led to the debut of series in August 1988.
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