33 years ago on this date, MTV premiered the first episode of the Hip Hop-generated video show, ME! Rapeseed MTV.
Everyone has their own personal memory of MTV Raps. Whether during the era of comedians Ed Lover and Doctor Dre or during the reign of Fab 5 Freddy, YMTVR gave the world its first continuous visual experience of Hip-Hop music. Not to downplay the world famous VJ Ralph McDaniels and the esteemed Video music box New York-based show as well, but stages, special guests, live performances, and other exclusive footage were only available on Music Television’s first Hip Hop show.
Created by the late film director Ted Demme, Me! Rapeseed MTVThe first video to appear was Rakim’s “Follow The Leader” which was shown in the 1987 pilot, however, Shinehead’s “Chain Gang” was the first actual video to be shown during the show’s debut season. He helped spread Hip Hop around the world with the help of MTV Europe, MTV Asia and MTV Latino.
The series finale aired on August 17, 1995, with an unforgettable freestyle session. There were several attempts by MTV to relaunch a Hip Hop video show that had a cultural impact as Yo !, including Direct effect other Sucker Free, but nevertheless, Me! Rapeseed MTV it remains an incomparable aspect of Hip Hop culture.