Earlier this year, MTV announced it was rebooting Yo! MTV Raps, the network’s classic showcase for all things hip-hop from 1988 to 1995. In the wake of the less than desirable outcome of their TRL reboot, MTV hoped to start things off right with a live concert to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original series’ premiere.
Yo! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience kicked off this weekend at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center, and if nothing else, the event had nostalgia. Featuring acts like Big Daddy Kane and the Juice Crew, Eric B & Rakim, Doug E. Fresh, KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions, Yo-Yo, Onyx, EPMD, Flavor Flav, YBT Tap the bottle reunion, Black Sheep, DAS EFX, Special Ed, Pharcyde, Brand Nubian, Nice & Smooth, Grandmaster Mele Mel & Scorpio Furious 5, Kid Capri, DJ Skribble, Red Alert, Chuck Chillout, Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover, Doctor Dré, T-Money, and more, the event packed as much of the original show’s performers as possible into its one-night performance. Watch a few fan-shot clips of their performances below.