Yo! MTV Raps’ Marathon Set for MTV Jams Channel

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  • To mark the end of the summer, MTV’s 24-hour urban channel, MTV Jams, will feature a three-day marathon of “Yo! MTV Raps,” kicking off Saturday, Aug. 31 at 6 a.m. ET/PT.

    The weekend will include a new countdown of the 100 most played music videos during the “Yo! MTV Raps” era (1988-1995) and will feature retro favorites from artists including Jay Z, Dr. Dre, LL Cool J, 2 Pac, N.W.A. and more.

    Throughout the countdown, MTV will air some of the series’ most memorable moments and interviews including the Big Daddy Kane freestyle and the Grammy boycott.

    To provide younger viewers context into the groundbreaking series, the weekend will also include three separate documentaries. On Sunday at 9am ET/PT (and repeating throughout the day), MTV Jams will debut “VH1 Rock Docs: YO! The Story of YO! MTV Raps”, which 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.

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