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‘Yo! MTV Raps’ Returning, But Only for a Night


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Yo! MTV Raps

MTV may have ditched the music video business, but they're dominating the nostalgia industry. After reviving their beloved alt-rock weekly '120 Minutes', reuniting with 'Beavis & Butt-head', and broadcasting classic footage -- albeit on VH1 Classic -- during their MTV30 celebration, the channel formerly known as Music Television will next resurrect another program from their golden age: 'Yo! MTV Raps'. The show is even bringing back its old hosts Ed Lover, Dr. Dre (this one), and Fab 5 Freddy. Don't go breaking out your old Big Daddy Kane cassettes and that VHS copy of 'Who's The Man?' just yet, though. 'Yo!' will only return to MTV2 for one night, Sunday, December 4th.

This one-time event will serve as a retrospective to measure the 'Yo!''s impact on the hip-hop community, and rappers like Ice Cube, Young Jeezy, Naughty By Nature, Questlove, Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, Billboard champ Mac Miller, and many more. Instead of breaking new artists though, the episode will focus on three classic music videos in particular: Geto Boys' "My Mind's Playing Tricks on Me," A Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario," and Ice Cube's "Today Was a Good Day," The Wrap reports. 'Yo! MTV Raps' originally aired on the network from 1988 to 1995.

"It's a great moment to be re-connected with 'Yo!' and examine the music that had a role in introducing hip-hop to music lovers globally," 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." The episode will air following MTV's broadcast of the first-ever Sucker Free Awards. Next, MTV needs to bring back 'The State' and 'Buzzkill' and we'll be all set.

Let's mark this occasion with a roll call:

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