Today In Hip-Hop: ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ Premieres

On this day, August 6, in hip-hop history... 1988: During the 1980s, the cultural landscape of MTV was dramatically different and we are not talking about a severe lack of pregnancy-based reality programming the channel feeds us today. For artists of color, it was often difficult if not impossible to get their videos or music played on the cable channel. You practically had to radiate the nuclear heat of an exploding supernova for MTV to be bothered to play your music. If you were not Michael Jackson, Prince or had obvious rock influences, you were unwanted on the station. And if you were ...

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