Season 1

Episode Guide


S1 E1
Sep 22, 1988
Run-D.M.C. hosts the first episode of YO! MTV Raps and interviews several rap artists.


S1 E2
Apr 8, 1989
Fab 5 Freddy hangs out with N.W.A. around Compton and Venice Beach.

Sir Mix-a-Lot

S1 E3
Mar 6, 1992
Ed Lover and Doctor Dré interview Sir Mix-a-Lot who performs "One Time's Got No Case" live.

Queen Latifah

S1 E4
Sep 23, 1989
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Queen Latifah in The 45 King's studio.

Live From Spring Break 1990

S1 E5
Mar 17, 1990
Ed Lover and Doctor Dré host live from Spring Break 1990 in Daytona Beach.

De La Soul

S1 E6
Jan 14, 1994
Fab 5 Freddy interviews De La Soul about their music and the longevity of rap.

Kris Kross

S1 E7
Sep 3, 1993
Ed Lover interviews Kris Kross on the set of their new music video.

James Brown

S1 E8
Aug 26, 1991
James Brown visits the new set of YO! MTV Raps and discusses his music and legacy.

Public Enemy

S1 E9
Sep 27, 1991
The members of Public Enemy fool around on set and perform "Can't Truss It" live


S1 E10
Feb 12, 1993
Fab 5 Freddy interviews 2Pac on the streets of LA before visiting Echo Sound

Heavy D

S1 E11
Mar 5, 1992
Heavy D hangs out on set with Ed Lover and Doctor Dré, and performs "You Can't See What I Can See" live.

The Notorious B.I.G. Tribute

S1 E12
Mar 13, 1997
Clips featuring The Notorious B.I.G. hosting the show with Lil Ceaser in 1996 and Craig Mack in 1995.


S1 E13
Sep 14, 1992
KRS-One discusses their music and politics, and performs "We In There" live.

Smokin Joe Wilcox

S1 E14
Mar 4, 1992
T Money dresses up as Smokin Joe Wilcox and pretends to box with members of the live audience. Black Sheep promo discussing how music can cross genres.

Lady of Rage

S1 E15
Jul 30, 1994
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Lady of Rage on a roof in NYC.

Eric B. & Rakim

S1 E16
Jan 17, 1992
Ed Lover interviews Eric B. about changes with Eric B. & Rakim, and they perform "Juice" live.

The Last Show

S1 E17
Aug 19, 1995
The hosts interview various rap artists and groups about what the show has meant for them, and flashback to memorable moments throughout the show. Several artists perform live.


S1 E18
Feb 7, 1992
Salt-N-Pepa discuss their music and children, and perform "You Showed Me" live.

Yo! Ladies Night

S1 E19
Jun 26, 1997
Angie Martinez hosts from behind-the-scenes of the "Ladies Night" music video shoot, and talks with the artists featured in the video and the director.

House of Pain

S1 E20
Jun 26, 1992
T Money interviews House of Pain, and they perform "Jump Around" live.

Ed Lover Dance

S1 E21
Feb 5, 1992
Ed Lover teaches a class on how to properly do the Ed Lover dance.

Yo! 3rd Anniversary

S1 E22
Oct 5, 1991
Fab 5 Freddy showcases past memorable moments on his 3rd anniversary episode of YO! MTV Raps.

Cypress Hill

S1 E23
Nov 2, 1991
Cypress Hill discusses their sound, name, and upcoming album with Fab 5 Freddy in Times Square.


S1 E24
Jun 3, 1994
Nas discusses his origins and creative process with Fab 5 Freddy in a music studio.

Mary J. Blige

S1 E25
Sep 11, 1992
T Money and Doctor Dré interview Mary J. Blige about her music and new album, and she performs "What's The 411?" live with Grand Puba.

Bad Boy Entertainment

S1 E26
Jan 28, 1995
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Sean "Puffy" Combs about his history and Bad Boy Entertainment, and interviews The Notorious B.I.G. and Craig Mack.

Run D.M.C. / Beastie Boys

S1 E27
Nov 15, 1991
Doctor Dré begins the episode with the Beastie Boys, and Ed Lover brings out Run-D.M.C. who discuss their greatest hits album and legacy, and perform a freestyle rap live.

Wu-Tang Clan

S1 E28
Jan 21, 1994
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Wu-Tang Clan about their origins, style, and music on the set of their new music video.


S1 E29
Sep 5, 1992
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Supercat about the dancehall genre and moving to America from Jamaica.


S1 E30
Dec 3, 1993
Fab 5 Freddy interviews Das EFX underground about their music, being authentic, and performing in Europe.


S1 E31
Aug 5, 1992
Ed Lover and Doctor Dré hang out with Shaquille O'Neal on set.

A Tribe Called Quest Behind The Scenes

S1 E32
Mar 28, 1992
Fab 5 Freddy visits the video shoot for "Scenario" and talks with A Tribe Called Quest, Leaders of the New School, De La Soul, and Spike Lee.

Mike Tyson

S1 E33
Mar 9, 1991
Fab 5 Freddy is in Las Vegas to interview Mike Tyson about rap music, growing up in Brooklyn, and his boxing career.

Mel Gibson

S1 E34
May 26, 1995
Mel Gibson visits the set, and Blak Panta discusses his career and demonstrates his signature dance.

Beastie Boys

S1 E35
Nov 15, 1989
Fab 5 Freddy is in NYC's Chinatown with Beastie Boys discussing their roots, the neighborhood, and the address where they started their career.

Eddie Murphy

S1 E36
Jun 26, 1992
Eddie Murphy discusses his new movie 'Boomerang' and his 'Love's Alright' album.

Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg

S1 E37
Apr 30, 1993
Fab 5 Freddy is in LA visiting Dr. Dre's pool party. He interviews Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg about their music, Death Row Records, and their upcoming projects.

Ice Cube

S1 E38
Sep 8, 1990
Fab 5 Freddy visits Hollywood Blvd. and interviews Ice Cube about his music, leaving N.W.A., and upcoming projects.


S1 E39
Oct 20, 1990
Fab 5 Freddy interviews the members of N.W.A. behind-the-scenes of their new music video for "100 Miles and Runnin'".

Naughty By Nature

S1 E40
Oct 4, 1991
Ed Lover and Doctor Dré hang out on set with Naughty By Nature who perform their song "O.P.P." live.

Tupac and John Singleton

S1 E41
Jul 16, 1993
Ed Lover and Doctor Dré talk with Tupac and John Singleton while counting down the week's top 10 rap videos.

MC Hammer

S1 E42
Mar 11, 1989
Fab 5 Freddy visits the Phil Black Dance Studio in Manhattan to talk with MC Hammer and Oaktown's 357.

Slick Rick

S1 E43
Jan 28, 1989
Fab 5 Freddy hangs out in the Diamond District of Manhattan with Slick Rick.

3 Times Dope

S1 E44
Sep 6, 1989
Fab 5 Freddy visits iconic spots in Philly with3 Times Dope, and several other local rappers meet up with them.

LL Cool J

S1 E45
Oct 15, 1988
LL Cool J and his mom host Fab 5 Freddy at their home. They discuss Blondie's "Rapture" video and "Going Back to Cali".

2 Live Crew

S1 E46
Dec 25, 1989
Ed Lover and Doctor Dré chill poolside in Miami with 2 Live Crew. Fab 5 Freddy stops by with L'Trimm.

Big Daddy Kane

S1 E47
Jan 27, 1990
Fab 5 Freddy and Big Daddy Kane visit their old neighborhood in Bed-Stuy. Kane discusses his Brooklyn childhood, inspirations, and future music.

Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff

S1 E48
Oct 29, 1988
Fab 5 Freddy hangs out with Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff in Central Park. They talk about their Philly roots, musical origins, and their world tour.

Geto Boys

S1 E49
Nov 16, 1991
Fab 5 Freddy visits Houston to interview the Geto Boys about living in the Fifth Ward, their music, and Rap-A-Lot records.

Kid Frost

S1 E50
Sep 29, 1990
Fab 5 Freddy hangs out with Kid Frost and Mellow Man Ace in East LA. They discuss low-riding cars, Chicano culture, and Hispanic rap.