Urban music went mainstream in the late 1980s, and few programs spread the hip-hop revolution faster or further than MTV’s two-hour program devoted to it. In 1988, MTV invited New York City radio DJs Doctor Dre and Ed Lover and noted street artist Fab 5 Freddy to host Yo! MTV Raps, adapted from an existing show on the network’s European counterpart. The program featured videos from and interviews with some of the biggest names in rap history, including Run DMC, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, LL Cool J and Salt-N-Pepa. It ran until 1995.
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