If, as Chuck D said, “Rap music is CNN for black people,” then Yo! MTV Raps was the unofficial News at Ten.
The first TV show dedicated to rap music, ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ ran from 1988 to 1999 on MTV’s global networks and showed kids from Little Rock to Seoul what this hip hop thing was all about. Every major rap artist of the era appeared on the show to freestyle, hang out, or sometimes accidentally incriminate themselves.
As co-creator and presenter of the show until 1996, Fab 5 Freddy has a suitcase full of rare footage, annecdotes, and background stories from the classic era of hip-hop which he will share tonight at The Factory.
The event is basically free, though there is a full food menu and seating priority will be given to people with dinner reservations if the venue fills up (which we wouldn’t bet against).
Event starts at 7pm, the show starts at 8 and, if you’re hankering for more info, the full details are here.
Building 4, 1933 Creative Complex
29 ShaJing Lu, near LiYang Lu
(nearest metro- HaiLun Lu on line 4)