first_img Facebook 30-Year Reunion Coming For “Yo! MTV Raps” yo-mtv-raps-reunion-celebrate-30th-anniversary-brooklyn News “Yo! MTV Raps” Reunion To Celebrate 30th Anniversary In Brooklyn “Yo! MTV Raps … actually put hip-hop on the map around the globe,” Doctor Dré said. “From southeast Asia … to Peru, Argentina. Antarctica even used to watch ‘Yo! MTV Raps.’ I used to get mail from many different African nations — including Wakanda.”Tickets go on sale on April 20.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Ed Lover and Doctor Dré are back and plotting an epic night on June 1 at Brooklyn’s Barclay CenterPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 18, 2018 – 5:32 pm In the year 1988, “Yo! MTV Raps” first appeared on upstart cable network MTV. Hosted by Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Run-DMC, the pilot episode explored the nascent music genre while examining the works of emerging artists DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince and Eric B. & Rakim.Now 30 years after the seminal show helped make hip-hop a global phenomenon, “Yo! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” is bringing an epic reunion back to Brooklyn’s Barclay Center on June 1.Looking back on 1988, just one year later at the 31st GRAMMY Awards saw the debut of the Best Rap Performance category, won by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince for their hit “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” Introducing the award, Kool Moe Dee said, “I think it’s time that the whole world knows rap is here to stay.”The upcoming June 1 extravaganza was initiated by former hosts Ed Lover and Doctor Dré (not to be confused with Dr. Dre), according to Rolling Stone. Fab 5 Freddy and DJ Skribble, from the hosting side, will be there at the event along with GRAMMY winners Big Daddy Kane and Melle Mel, GRAMMY nominee Flavor Fav, Eric B. & Rakim, Doug E. Fresh, Kid Capri, KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions, the Pharcyde, and more. Twitter Email last_img