Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Yo! MTV Raps anniversary

These two goofballs are heroes of mine. Not only did they help to keep me sane through the late 80's and early 90's but they also made musical history. Ed Lover and Dr. Dre (not the NWA guy) hosted Yo! MTV Raps and brought the then-young art form to the airwaves and helped to make it a mainstream music. Except for a sad, memorable show at the time of the L.A. Riots, these two clowns were a joy to watch, bringing infectious fun to show- they never told jokes per se but they like other great comedians, they had great timing. Rap wasn't the household staple it is now but it was starting to seep into mass culture and these two guys helped it get there. The show featuring not just videos but also guest spots from legends like Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, Slick Rick, Beastie Boys (who Dre used to DJ for) and plenty of others. MTV is now honoring them and their co-host Fab Five Freddy with a website full of old clips that you need to see. Oh and by the way, you can now catch Lover and Dre on Power 105.1 FM.

Need more? Here's Freddy schooling you on some hip-hop history.


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