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.
“40 Great Yo! MTV Raps Moments”, which originally debuted on VH1, will air on Sunday, September 1 at 11am ET/PT (repeating throughout the day) and feature the most memorable moments from the series. Hosted by Ed Lover and Doctor Dre (former Yo! personalities) and 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 Stussy 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 the 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).
Singers & Rappers Turned Actors
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1. Alicia Keys was smokin' hot in the 2006 movie 'Smokin' Aces' and 'Empire'.
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2. jJill Scott made her acting debut in the fourth season of 'Girlfriends'
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3. 50 Cent lost up to 54 pounds in order to accurately portray his emaciated character in the film All Things Fall Apart.
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4. Snoop Dogg has become an enduring fixture on the big screen as well as the small screen,
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5. Mos Def starred in Monster’s Ball, 16 Blocks, The Italian Job,The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Be Kind Rewind and more.
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6. LL Cool J has been in several movies and co-stars on a popular television series NCIS Los Angeles.
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7. T.I. had a supporting role in American Gangster and was one of the lead characters in Takers.
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8. DMX has parlayed his rough, rugged, and raw presence in to several movies.
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10. Andre 3000 has made numerous guest appearances on television. He scored the lead role in the Jimi Hendrix biopic.
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11. Lenny Kravitz and one of the sexiest men alive, made his debut in Precious.
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12. Ludacris was in 2 Fast 2 Furious but got rave reviews for 'Crash'
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13. Eminem turned to acting in the movie 8 Mile which was loosely based on his life.
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14. Whitney sissled on the silver screen in 'The Bodyguard'
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15. Ice-T found success in Law and Order SVU as Detective Tutuola
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16. Beyonce made her acting debut in MTV's 'Hip Hopera: Carmen'
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17. We watched Will Smith grow up on 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
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18. Jennifer Hudson got an Oscar for her role in Dreamgirls in her very first role.
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19. Ice Cube hit it big with his first major motion picture role in Boyz n the Hood.
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20. Queen Latifah made her venture into acting with a role in 'Jungle Fever'
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