Turn it up: Yo! MTV Raps debuted on this day 32 years ago

What are your earliest memories of hip-hop music?

For some, it’s mixtapes on cassette. For others, it might be break beats on the corner. For ’80s and ’90s kids, it’s impossible to overlook the groundbreaking Yo! MTV Raps.

The show that Public Enemy frontman Chuck D once referred to as “the Black CNN” hit American airwaves for the first time on August 6, 1988.

The pilot was hosted by adidas Superstar-wearing, Queens hip-hop legends Run-DMC, starting a TV revolution that sent hip-hop music, then a very regionally specific genre, into living rooms across the United States.

Over at Finish Line’s The Fresh Press blog, Adrian Crawford takes a look at the history behind the programming that brought hip-hop to the masses.

Check it out here.



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