To the mark the end of the summer, MTV announced that their 24-hour music channel, MTV Jams, will feature a three-day marathon celebrating MTV’s iconic and pioneering music series, Yo! MTV Raps. More after the jump.
Kicking off Saturday, August 31st at 6am, the weekend will include a new countdown of the 100 most played music videos during the show’s existence and will feature retro favorites from artists including Jay Z, Dr. Dre, LL Cool J, 2Pac, N.W.A. and much more. MTV will also air some of the series most memorable moments and interviews including the Big Daddy Kane freestyle and the Grammy boycott.
MTV will also air three documentaries, like VH1 Rock Docs: YO! The Story of YO! MTV Raps which will debut Sunday at 9am and repeat throughout the day. The doc takes a look back at television’s first show completely dedicated to Hip Hop and highlights how the series became a phenomenon that merged together the music and culture of the genre from the inner cities to the mainstream.
40 Great Yo! MTV Raps Moments, which originally debuted on VH1, will air on Sunday, September 1 at 11am and repeat throughout the day, and will feature the most memorable moments from the series. Hosted by Ed Lover and Doctor Dre, as well as comedians including Sherrod Small, the show digs into the annals of rap history.
On the heels of a recently released Stüssy/Yo! MTV Raps t-shirt (available Stüssy Stores and Zumiez) that celebrates the series, Stüssy produced a two-part documentary entitled We Were All Watching. Part 1, The Importance of Yo! MTV Raps, that takes a look at the history of MTV’s groundbreaking music program, and Part 2, Fashion in the Golden Age of Hip Hop that examines trends, styles and influence Hip Hop has had over the years. The two-part documentary will air Sunday at 1pm ET/PT and repeat throughout the day.
You can get additional Yo! MTV Raps merch via New Era, Junk Food, Flüd Watches, Gabe Urist Jewelry, Griffin Technology and Signorelli.