"Yo: The Story of Yo! MTV Raps” takes a provocative look into the seven-year history of the series that gave hip-hop a voice and broke color barriers, integrating MTV with rap. Yo! MTV Raps premiered on August 6, 1988 with hosts Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover and Dr. Dre and shaped the careers of many of today’s hip-hop superstars, while simultaneously making groundbreaking strides in introducing hip-hop to the mainstream. Featuring clips and uncensored moments, the VH1 Rock Doc “Yo: The Story of Yo! MTV Raps” includes interviews with hip hop stars including: Treach (Naughty by Nature), Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run DMC), Questlove (The Roots), Chris “Kid” Reid and DJ Wiz (Kid N Play), Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and more.
Yo! MTV Raps is a two-hour American television music video program, which ran from August 1988 to August 1995 through its original Yo! MTV Raps name and later by Yo!. The program was the first hip hop music show on the network, based on the original MTV Europe show, aired one year earlier. Yo! MTV Raps produced a lively mix of rap videos, interviews with rap stars, live in studio performances and comedy. The show also yielded a brazilian version called Yo! MTV and broadcast by MTV Brasil from 1990 to 2005.