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Digging in the crates: Yo! MTV Raps is coming back

Paramount+ will be bringing the hit series back.

words by: Kai Acevedo
Mar 7, 2021

Get ready to take it back to the old school. Way before Generation Zers took over the world with their TikToks and social media allowed us to tap into the thoughts and whereabouts of our favorite celebrities at any given moment, Yo! MTV Raps reigned supreme as a go-to destination for all things hip-hop. From the late 1980s to mid-1990s, the television program that was a precursor to shows such as Complex’s Everyday Struggle and BET’s 106 & Park offered an authentic glimpse into the world of hip-hop, as well as the lives of some of music’s brightest stars. Hosted first by Fab 5 Freddy and then by the tandem of Ed Lover and Doctor Dré, MTV’s original rap show featured memorable appearances from OGs such as The Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Jay-Z and many others. After a long hiatus, Yo! MTV Raps is making its official return for a new generation.


The modern rendition of Yo! MTV Raps will live on Paramount+ and will feature interviews and live performances just like the original. “We are thrilled to reinvent some of our most storied and impactful music franchises,” said Bruce Gillmer, ViacomCBS’s President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events. Paramount+, the newly launched rebrand of ViacomCBS’s CBS All Access streaming service ,will house content from several of the brands under the ViacomCBS umbrella. In a series of tweets, Paramount+ unveiled its plans for the future, which also includes a few more revivals from MTV, as well as from BET, VH1, CBS, Showtime, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.


Music-themed programming including Behind the Music and Unplugged; classic cartoons like Beavis and Butt-Head, Rugrats, Avatar: The Last Airbender and SpongeBob SquarePants; and fan favorites such as The GAME and the Kelsey Grammer-helmed Frasier are a few of the familiar shows that are scheduled to make a comeback in the near future with the help of Paramount+. ViacomCBS isn’t only looking to the past to curate its upcoming lineup. Several new and exciting series and programming ideas are also on the horizon, according to Gillmer. “We will partner with some of the biggest names across the music industry to bring exclusive and unique content to the platform,” said the long-time MTV executive.


As we wait for new episodes of Yo! MTV Raps to premiere, check out this classic clip of The Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy and Craig Mack.



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