8 Blu-ray set comprised of 50 episodes in chronological order and an ADDITIONAL FREE 4 Blu-ray set of 25 Episodes totaling 75 Episodes in ALL on a 12 Blu-ray Set and ALL COMMERCIAL FREE
In 1987, French journalist and producer Sophie Bramly developed and hosted the program Yo! for the then-nascent MTV Europe, with Afrika Bambaataa as the first guest. Later N.W.A, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Ice-T, De La Soul, Eric B. & Rakim, EPMD or Ultramagnetic MCs were invited. The year after that, Run-DMC hosted the pilot episode in the US, with DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince as the program’s first guests and Eric B. & Rakim’s video for the title track of the album Follow the Leader as the first video shown on the program. The pilot was one of the highest rated programs to ever air on MTV at that point, with only the Video Music Awards and Live Aid receiving greater ratings.
Shinehead’s “Chain Gang” was the first video to be shown during a regular-season episode. Meanwhile, Ice-T’s “High Rollers” was the first video to be played during the weekday show. The classic Yo! MTV Raps logo was created by early graffiti writer, Dr. Revolt. The animated show open was produced by Nigel Cox-Hagen and animated by Beau Tardy.
Yo! MTV Raps and the spread of hip-hop
The advent of Yo! MTV Raps in the late 1980s was crucial to spreading hip-hop around the world. Through MTV Europe, MTV Asia, and MTV Latino, African-American and Latino style and sound became instantly available to millions of people across the globe, helping to create a worldwide appreciation and interest in the hip-hop scene, which is something that was celebrated on the Yo! MTV Raps 20th anniversary.
Yo! MTV Raps is an American two-hour television music video program, which first aired on MTV Europe from 1987 to mid-90s and on MTV US from August 1988 to August 1995. The American version of the program (created by Ted Demme and Peter Dougherty) was the first hip hop music show on the network, and was based on the original MTV Europe show, which first aired one year before the American version. Yo! MTV Raps produced a mix of rap videos, interviews with rap stars, live in-studio performances (on Fridays), and comedy. The show also yielded a Brazilian version called Yo! MTV and broadcast by MTV Brasil from 1990 to 2005. MTV Germany also broadcast in 2023 as music program and playlist.
The U.S. version was originally hosted by Fab 5 Freddy. Later, the show’s main host was Doctor Dré and Demme’s high school friend, Ed Lover who both hosted together on weekdays. Soon they were joined by Doctor Dre’s Original Concept group member T Money. Fab 5 Freddy proceeded to host on weekends. The original line-up of the show, starring only Fab as the host, premiered on MTV on August 6, 1988.
On the weekday version dubbed, Yo! MTV Raps Today (which debuted on March 13, 1989), Ed Lover created his own dance called the Ed Lover Dance (which was typically featured on Wednesdays) that became somewhat popular in the 1990s. The Ed Lover Dance was performed to the track “The 900 Number” by The 45 King.
This groundbreaking TV Series simply put brought rap to the main stream. While there were other shows before this like “Video Music Box” never before was such a widespread broadcasting of Rap and hip-hop videos as it became with “YO! MTV Raps”. The seminal TV series through the late 80s into the mid 90s brought the absolute latest music videos of the time to the fans and bringing rap to middle America. Perhaps most importantly this series included exclusive in-depth interviews in the MTV studios, on the streets, in the clubs and backstage while on tour. Historically the programs one of a kind LIVE performances that can only be seen on the show are now considered some of the real archival treasures of hip-hop history. These performances have never been released until now along with the vintage interviews that are featured throughout all the episodes included in this unique collection.
It’s important to note that this Eight Blu-ray set has been very carefully compiled in exact chronological order to better inform and educate the viewer to understand the evolution of rap and hip-hop as it grew as a genre along with the history of this most important TV Series. All dates when available have been provided below spanning the years of 1988 all the way to 1997. Please note: episodes offered here vary in length.
This Blu-ray Set comes with artwork as shown in photos provided are Region Free for ALL Blu-Ray Players WORLDWIDE.
Another one of kind collection that can only be found exclusively at MVR
DISC 1 of 8: 1988-1989
Episode 1 Sep 21, 1988 43 M TV-14 D, L
Run-D.M.C. hosts the first episode of YO! MTV Raps and interviews several rap artists.
Episode 2 October 14, 1988 15 M TV-14 D, L
LL Cool J and his mom host Fab 5 Freddy at their home. They discuss Blondie’s “Rapture” video and “Going Back to Cali”.
Episode 3 October 28, 1988 20 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy hangs out with Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff in Central Park. They talk about their Philly roots, muscal origins, and their world tour.
Episode 4 January 27, 1989 29 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy hangs out in the Diamond District of Manhattan with Slick Rick.
Episode 5 March 10, 1989 28 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy visits the Phil Black Dance Studio in Manhattan to talk with MC Hammer and Oaktown’s 357.
Episode 6 March 16, 1989 48 M TV-14 D, L
Ed Lover and Doctor Dré host live from Spring Break 1990 in Daytona Beach.
Episode 7 April 07, 1989 43 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy hangs out with N.W.A. around Compton and Venice Beach.
DISC 2 of 8: 1989-1990
Episode 8 September 05, 1989 34 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy visits iconic spots in Philly with3 Times Dope, and several other local rappers meet up with them.
Episode 9 Sep 22, 1989 51 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Queen Latifah in The 45 King’s studio.
Episode 10 November 14, 1989 29 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy is in NYC’s Chinatown with Beastie Boys discussing their roots, the neighborhood, and the address where they started their career.
Episode 11 December 24, 1989 17 M TV-14 D, L
Ed Lover and Doctor Dré chill poolside in Miami with 2 Live Crew. Fab 5 Freddy stops by with L’Trimm.
Episode 12 January 26, 1990 30 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy and Big Daddy Kane visit their old neighborhood in Bed-Stuy. Kane discusses his Brooklyn childhood, inspirations, and future music.
Episode 13 September 07, 1990 32 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy visits Hollywood Blvd. and interviews Ice Cube about his music, leaving N.W.A., and upcoming projects.
Episode 14 September 28, 1990 33 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy hangs out with Kid Frost and Mellow Man Ace in East LA. They discuss low-riding cars, Chicano culture, and Hispanic rap.
DISC 3 of 8: 1990-1991
Episode 15 October 19, 1990 32 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy interviews the members of N.W.A. behind-the-scenes of their new music video for “100 Miles and Runnin’”.
Episode 16 March 08, 1991 43 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy is in Las Vegas to interview Mike Tyson about rap music, growing up in Brooklyn, and his boxing career.
Episode 17 August 25, 1991 24 M TV-14 D, L
James Brown visits the new set of YO! MTV Raps and discusses his music and legacy.
Episode 18 September 26, 1991 26 M TV-14 D, L
The members of Public Enemy fool around on set and perform “Can’t Truss It” live
Episode 19 October is 03, 1991 25 M TV-14 D, L
Ed Lover and Doctor Dré hang out on set with Naughty By Nature who perform their song “O.P.P.” live.
Episode 20 October 04, 1991 49 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy showcases past memorable moments on his 3rd anniversary episode of YO! MTV Raps.
Episode 21 November 01, 1991 35 M TV-14 D, L
Cypress Hill discusses their sound, name, and upcoming album with Fab 5 Freddy in Times Square.
DISC 4 of 8: 1991-1992
Episode 22 November 14, 1991 22 M TV-14 D, L
Doctor Dré begins the episode with the Beastie Boys, and Ed Lover brings out Run-D.M.C. who discuss their greatest hits album and legacy, and perform a freestyle rap live.
Episode 23 November 15, 1991 42 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy visits Houston to interview the Geto Boys about living in the Fifth Ward, their music, and Rap-A-Lot records.
Episode 24 January 16, 1992 27 M TV-14 D, L
Ed Lover interviews Eric B. about changes with Eric B. & Rakim, and they perform “Juice” live.
Episode 25 February 04, 1992 21 M TV-14 D, L
Ed Lover teaches a class on how to properly do the Ed Lover dance.
Episode 26 February 06, 1992 23 M TV-14 D, L
Salt-N-Pepa discuss their music and children, and perform “You Showed Me” live.
Episode 27 March 03, 1992 23 M TV-14 D, L
T Money dresses up as Smokin Joe Wilcox and pretends to box with members of the live audience. Black Sheep promo discussing how music can cross genres.
Episode 28 March 04, 1992 22 M TV-14 D, L
Heavy D hangs out on set with Ed Lover and Doctor Dré, and performs “You Can’t See What I Can See” live.
Episode 29 Mar 05, 1992 25 M TV-14 D, L
Ed Lover and Doctor Dré interview Sir Mix-a-Lot who performs “One Time’s Got No Case” live.
DISC 5 of 8: 1992
Episode 30 March 27, 1992 44 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy visits the video shoot for “Scenario” and talks with A Tribe Called Quest, Leaders of the New School, De La Soul, and Spike Lee.
Episode 31 June 25, 1992 21 M TV-14 D, L
T Money interviews House of Pain, and they perform “Jump Around” live.
Episode 32 June 25, 1992 23 M TV-14 D, L
Eddie Murphy discusses his new movie ‘Boomerang’ and his ‘Love’s Alright’ album.
Episode 33 August 04, 1992 34 M TV-14 D, L
Ed Lover and Doctor Dré hang out with Shaquille O’Neal on set.
Episode 34 September 04, 1992 32 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Supercat about the dancehall genre and moving to America from Jamaica.
Episode 35 September 10, 1992 24 M TV-14 D, L
T Money and Doctor Dré interview Mary J. Blige about her music and new album, and she performs “What’s The 411?” live with Grand Puba.
Episode 36 September 13, 1992 27 M TV-14 D, L
KRS-One discusses their music and politics, and performs “We In There” live.
DISC 6 of 8: 1993
Episode 37 February 11, 1993 37 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy interviews 2Pac on the streets of LA before visiting Echo Sound
Episode 38 April 29, 1993 40 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy is in LA visiting Dr. Dre’s pool party. He interviews Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg about their music, Death Row Records, and their upcoming projects.
Episode 39 July 15, 1993 57 M TV-14 D, L
Ed Lover and Doctor Dré talk with Tupac and John Singleton while counting down the week’s top 10 rap videos.
Episode 40 September 02, 1993 38 M TV-14 D, L
Ed Lover interviews Kris Kross on the set of their new music video.
Episode 41 December 02, 1993 35 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Das EFX underground about their music, being authentic, and performing in Europe.
DISC 7 of 8: 1994-1995
Episode 42 January 13, 1994 43 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy interviews De La Soul about their music and the longevity of rap.
Episode 43 January 20, 1994 34 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Wu-Tang Clan about their origins, style, and music on the set of their new music video.
Episode 44 June 02, 1994 39 M TV-14 D, L
Nas discusses his origins and creative process with Fab 5 Freddy in a music studio.
Episode 45 July 29, 1994 51 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Lady of Rage on a roof in NYC.
Episode 46 January 27, 1995 39 M TV-14 D, L
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Sean “Puffy” Combs about his history and Bad Boy Entertainment, and interviews The Notorious B.I.G. and Craig Mack.
DISC 8 of 8: 1995-1997
Episode 47 May 25, 1995 22 M TV-14 D, L
Mel Gibson visits the set, and Blak Panta discusses his career and demonstrates his signature dance
Episode 48 August 18, 1995 39 M TV-14 D, L
The hosts interview various rap artists and groups about what the show has meant for them, and flashback to memorable moments throughout the show. Several artists perform live.
Episode 49 March 12, 1997 27 M TV-14 D, L
Clips featuring The Notorious B.I.G. hosting the show with Lil Ceaser in 1996 and Craig Mack in 1995.
Episode 50 June 25, 1997 27 M TV-14 D, L
Angie Martinez hosts from behind-the-scenes of the “Ladies Night” music video shoot, and talks with the artists featured in the video and the director.
Entire 8 Blu-Ray Set Total Duration is 32 Hours Long
BONUS: 4 Blu-ray Set with an ADDITIONAL 25 Episodes FREE
DISC 1 of 4
Episode 1 Peace Weekend
Episode 2 Ode To Cornball
Episode 3 Roxanne Shante
Episode 4 National Beef Day
Episode 5 Countdown with N.W.A.
Episode 6 Lunch with N.W.A.
Episode 7 MLK Day with Chuck D of Public Enemy
Episode 8 K9-Posse
DISC 2 of 4
Episode 9 Fan Mail
Episode 10 T-Money
Episode 11 Heavy D and The Boyz
Episode 12 1992 Year In Hip Hop
Episode 13 Public Enemy week
Episode 14 KRS-One and Chuck D of Public Enemy
Episode 15 Common Sense
DISC 3 of 4
Episode 16 Bobbito and Stretch Armstrong (Legendary Radio DJ’s)
Episode 17 New York
Episode 18 Sumfest Jamaica ‘94
Episode 19 New Kids On The Block
Episode 20 Aunt Francine
DISC 4 of 4
Episode 21. Magic Johnson
Episode 22 N.W.A.
Episode 23 OutKast
Episode 24 Tone Loc
Episode 25 Kool Moe Dee
Entire 4 Blu-ray Set with an ADDITIONAL 25 Episodes FREE Total Duration is 11 Hours
The entire 12 Blu-ray Set (including the additional 25 Episodes) totals 75 episodes spanning the years from 1988 to 1997.
DURATION: Entire 12 Blu-ray Set is 43 HOURS LONG
This Blu-ray Set comes with artwork as shown in photos provided are Region Free for ALL Blu-Ray Players WORLDWIDE.