MTV Asia is taking the lead in bringing hip hop back to the music scene. In a 30-minute special, inspired by the original YO! MTV RAPS, the show bring together 11 of the hottest names in hip-hop in the Asia region. Hosted by Jessi (Korea) and Yung Raja (Singapore), other participating artists include Young Lex (Indonesia), G2 (Korea), Joe Flizzow (Malaysia), SonaOne (Malaysia), Zamaera (Malaysia), Airliftz (Malaysia), DJ Biggie (Malaysia), Fariz Jabba (Singapore), and Twopee (Thailand).
Developed and co-created by Ted Demme and Peter Dougherty, “YO! MTV RAPS” debuted on August 6, 1988 and became the premiere source for all things hip-hop. The advent of the series was crucial to the rise of hip-hop, and created a worldwide appreciation of the genre, which has since become one of the most influential in mainstream music.
To celebrate “YO! MTV RAPS” 30th anniversary last month, MTV hosted a live stream of “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” in Brooklyn, New York, bringing artists and fans together for an all-star lineup of the series’ alumni and hip-hop legends including Big Daddy Kane and the Juice Crew, Eric B & Rakim, Doug E. Fresh, KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions, Fat Joe, Yo-Yo, Onyx, EPMD, Flavor Flav, YBT Tap the bottle reunion, Black Sheep, DAS EFX, Special Ed, Pharcyde, Brand Nubian, Nice & Smooth, Kid Capri, DJ Skribble, Red Alert, Chuck Chillout, Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover, Doctor Dré, T-Money, MC LYTE and others.