Stussy Releases Full Stream Of "Yo! MTV Raps" Documentary

Rakim, MC Lye, and ?uestlove discuss the importance of "Yo! MTV Raps" in new, online documentary.

With their "Yo! MTV Raps" collection currently available for purchase, streetwear brand Stussy have released an accompanying documentary series detailing both the iconic music video program and the impact fashion has had on the genre of Hip Hop since its inception decades ago.

Titled “The Importance Of Yo! MTV Raps,” the first part in the series features appearances from Rakim, MC Lyte, ?uestlove, Alchemist, and a handful of other artists and industry veterans.

In the nearly eight minute-long video, The Roots’ ?uestlove spoke specifically on the excitement “Yo! MTV Raps” brought about during his early years while noted lyricist Rakim addressed the “worldwide effect” of the television show.

“Oh God, ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ was a religion. It was such a religion that I did not have cable. I would have my friends tape it,” ?uestlove revealed. “Saturday nights was like MTV day for most of America. But for me, Monday afternoon after school when I had the tape in hand. That is when I saw MTV.”

“The worldwide effect was like right now,” Rakim added. “Before that people had to kind of take they time with they marketing. You know, you might drop in the United States today and it might take you a month to drop overseas. It was just the way things was working and then what MTV did it was kinda blew it out of proportion to where artists like myself, we started picking our singles and our videos around MTV. Knowing that if we coming out with a single, we want to get the video down. Get that to MTV first.”

Later in the documentary, MC Lyte commented on the impact “Yo! MTV Raps” had on her music career as she spoke on the surplus of shows that resulted due to “Yo! MTV Raps.”

“Here you had a platform where you were reaching so many people across the world and I remember Fab 5 Freddy doing interviews when it was just a weekend show. And then they got Ed Lover and Doctor Dre for weekdays. Like, are you kidding? Like a real Hip Hop show…The request for performances shot up through the roof. I probably did over 250 dates a year. Simply because of that platform,” said MC Lyte.

Both Stussy documentaries can be seen below. To view the Stussy/Yo! MTV Raps collection, visit

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  • PATHH88

    MC Lye, come on... I used to tape (on vhs) every show of Yo! back in the days, in the UK it was shown on cable and sometimes they wouldn't play the videos they said were coming up for some strange reason, in fact at some point they tried to replace Fab, Ed, T Money and Dre with this French woman (wtf ??) who looked like a goth/fashionista type, but they realised it bombed so brought back the originals...Ed Lover was funny as fuck, he def made the show and he had good sideman with T-Money (i know he came in later), they should release DVD's of the shows...or online collections...

  • Gucci Mane Specail Forces Is Running This Shit

    Gucci Mane is the realest rapper and heres why. - all other rappers rap about being gangster shooting and killing but they havent done it. - Eminem raps about killing he hasnt. - Jay z raps in open letter about sending shots he hasnt. - T.I. snitch to the feds - Young Jeezy was never bmf - 50 Cent snitch and was never in jail but a youthcamp - Game was never a banger but lived the life of his brother in his lyrics - Nas Escobar never sold drugs - Ice Cube never was a gangbanger - Dr Dre never was a gangbanger - Snoop was never a crip - 2pac was a ballerina and never sold drugs after he become famous he was doing some stupid stuff like beating and shooting at people because he though he could get away with it. Without Suge Knight 2pac was just a skinny motherf*cker. - Mobb deep are the biggiest cowards in rap they are short as midgets and keep talking this g sh*t but never did g sh*t. - JA-RULE IS THE BIGGEST CLOWN IN HIPHOP WITH TOTALLY NO STREETCREDIBILITY! Be in jail for smoking weed, carrying a gun or tax evasion is for pussies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Most of the rappers rap about stuff they havent done yet you all support them and say its real rap. - When rick ross does it you all claim he is fake and say its fake rap. This shows that hiphop fans are hypocritical and all these real hiphop fan wanna be's are just some unjustified haters whose opinions are just as irrelevent as the swag fag rapper fans. BIG GUWOP KILLED A MAN HE WAS A DRUG DEALER BEFORE RAPPER HE HAS STREET CREDENTIALS HE IS THE ONLY RAPPER THAT RAPS ABOUT FACTS THERE FORE BIG GUWOP IS THE REALEST RAPPER IN THE RAP GAME AND THATS A FACT! YO! MTV RAPS DOPEST HIPHOPSHOW EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • OffBreed

    Me being a southern nigga, if not for o MTV Raps and Rap City lord knows what type of Hip Hop I would be a fan of....thanks to these shows I was able to grow up listening to diversity in Hip Hop instead of shit that was gettin played down here like 2 Live Crew and the Tag Team bullshit etc.

  • Lori W. Hughes

    my neighbors mother makes $67 every hour on the laptop. She has been without a job for 10 months but last month her income was $19760 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Heres the site to read more... To be that cool with each after all these years in the game is amazing. That's brotherhood.


    The show that practically started hip hop. Gave it the exposure it needed for white people to start taking it seriously. We need to bring this back along with Ed Lover. Too many fake ass clown niggas tarnishing the genre.

  • sonny bonoho

    very dope post!

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