Yo! MTV Raps, the network''s first two-hour video block, which began broadcasting in the United States from 1988 to 1995, was the first to come to network, as well as recording interviews with rappers and in-studio performances. It was the first time many individuals outside urban America saw the exciting new art form as it gained in popularity and power.
With the exception of a few anniversary shows, the block has been on the air for over 25 years. However, the new streaming service Paramount+, which is launching the show with battle rapper/MTV fixture Conceited as the host, is expected to feature interviews, performances, and, perhaps inspired by the original shows'' final episode, live ciphers.
The show will premiere on May 24 with Freddie Gibbs and will air weekly, with future roles from Latto, Saba, JID, Shenseea, Tee Grizzley, IDK, and Trina. According to Complex, more roles will feature alongside previous episodes of VH1s Behind The Music, as well as an additional significant MTV staple, Unplugged.
Check out the trailer for Yo! MTV Raps'' return.