1995 - Yo! MTV Raps Ends After a Seven-Year Run
From August 6, 1988, to August 17, 1995, Yo! MTV Raps brought hip-hop from the streets to television screens worldwide. At its peak, Yo! MTV Raps aired seven days a week, and twice a day. But around 1992-93, the show’s was declining in popularity. As rap continued to infiltrate pop music there was no need for specialty programs like Yo! to help get the music to viewers. Network TV shows like Friday Night Videos were showing rap videos regularly and BET’s Rap City became the new flavor for kids to get their video fix. At one point, Yo! MTV Raps was airing only on Fridays at midnight and they didn’t have any hosts.
On the show's final episode, hosts Ed Lover, Doctor Dré, T Money, along with DJ Skribble and original Yo! host Fab 5 Freddy bid farewell and invited a slew of lyrical emcees to bust a final freestyle for the viewing audience. Rap legends Eric B & Rakim, KRS-One, Chubb Rock MC Serch, EPMD, Redman, Method Man, Special Ed, the late Craig Mack and more participated in the lyrical cypher. And it was truly epic - A Top Five "Best Hip-Hop Moment" for sure.
"I just felt it was amazing, man. When you’re living in the moment, you’re kinda looking around like ‘wow, this is crazy,’" recalls Ed Lover (via Vibe.com). "What else could we have done with all of those guys on set but a freestyle session?"
DJ Skribble, who was DJing on the final episode, concurred. "It was a who’s who on that last episode and I was a maestro and that was one of the most memorable moments in hip-hop for me [and] especially for the Yo! MTV Raps brand."
Check out Yo! MTV Raps last episode Freestyle - Part I and II - below.