Catching Up ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ Original Hosts Fab 5 Freddy, Doctor Dre And Ed Lover
It's been 16 years since television's first national hip-hop show, "Yo! MTV Raps" made its bow in 1995 after 7 successful seasons on air. It returns Sunday at midnight on MTV2 with the 30-minute special "Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts" and its original hosts Fab 5 Freddy, Doctor Dre and Ed Lover.
The program will spotlight three influential hip-hop songs, A Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario," Ice Cube's "It Was A Good Day," and the Geto Boys' "Minds Playing Tricks On Me." The broadcast will feature back stories from the recording artists and reflections from some of their esteemed peers.
Fab 5 Freddy said "Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts" was a good way for the network to revisit the brand.
Yahoo! Music recently interviewed Fab 5 Freddy and Doctor Dre to find out what the trio has been up to since the show. Photo by Jaime Rojo
Photo by Jaime Rojo
Fab 5 Freddy
Fab 5 Freddy (Fred Brathwaite) made such an impact as a member of the early 1980s New York graffiti crew The Fabulous 5 that he was invited to exhibit his paintings in Rome at Galleria Le Medusa with Lee Quinones. Rock stars like Blondie were so impressed with his work that he's referenced in the band's 1981 No. 1 pop hit "Rapture" and featured painting in the video. He was a creative force behind the 1983 movie "Wild Style," the first film about hip-hop culture and is pictured on the poster.
When "Yo! MTV Raps" creator Peter Dougherty received a positive response to the show's pilot in 1988 he sought out his friend Fab 5 Freddy to host. Freddy, who had just directed a music video for Boogie Down Production's "My Philosophy," knew Dougherty from New York's downtown art and rock scenes.
Freddy's work as a director continued throughout his "Yo!" run and beyond, including classics music videos, Queen Latifah's "Ladies First," Nas' "One Love," and Snoop Dogg's "Who Am I? (What's My Name?)." In 1991, he earned another film credit as an associate producer for the Wesley Snipes film "New Jack City."
Freddy has appeared in dozens of documentaries, specials, and movies over the years, and is an executive producer of the VH1 "Hip-Hop Honors," an annual tribute to pioneering rappers that premiered in 2004.