via press release:
“MTV2 PRESENTS: YO! MTV RAPS CLASSIC CUTS” TAKES HIP-HOP EAST COAST, WEST COAST AND WORLDWIDE AIRING ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH AT 10:00PM ET/PT
Host Sway Calloway Leads Reflection of Three Epic Tracks Including Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A., I Used to Love H.E.R. By Common and O.P.P. by Naughty By Nature With Appearances by Ice Cube, Common, Naughty By Nature and More
MTV2 Continues the Hip Hop Celebration with “Hottest MC’s inVII” at 10:30PM ET/PT and “Sucker Free Certified” at 11:00PM ET/PT
New York, NY (February 6, 2012) – MTV2 announced today the next three monumental singles and artists selected to be featured in the second installment of “MTV2 Presents: Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts” on Sunday, February 19th at 10PM ET/PT. Presenting a retrospective look at the biggest and most influential songs and artists in hip-hop’s history, “Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts,” will take a look back at the controversial west coast gangsta rap anthem, Straight Outta Compton, by N.W.A., before heading east to NJ to see the origins of one of hip-hop’s most legendary catchphrases Naughty By Nature’s O.P.P. and finally, uniting the coasts as Chicago’s very own native son, Common blesses us with his thought provoking metaphor and ode to hip-hop I Used To Love H.E.R. Hosted by Sway Calloway the special will explore the tracks that helped set the tone during the golden era of major evolution in hip-hop. Artists, journalists and tastemakers will reflect on these tracks and discuss how each artist made a lasting impression. The nights celebration of hip-hop on this night continues with “Hottest MC’s In VII” at 10:30PM ET/PT and “Sucker Free Certified” at 11:00PM ET/PT.
Viewers will hear from artists and insiders including: Common, Naughty By Nature, Ice Cube, Fat Joe, No I.D., Talib Kweli, Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, Machine Gun Kelly, Peter Rosenberg, Maino, Lil Eazy E, Joell Ortiz, DJ Quik, Charlamagne, Big Boy, Miss Info, Damien Lemon, Bonsu Thompson among others. Coming full circle, former hosts Fab 5 Freddy and Ed Lover will be on hand to pay homage to the music makers and classic cuts. For more information about “Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts,” please visit yomtvraps.mtv2.com.
“MTV2 Presents: Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts” will kick off a full night honoring Hip-Hop’s finest established and rising stars. “Hottest MC’s InVII” brings together the hip-hop brain trust to debate, dissect and declare the MCs making the greatest impact in hip-hop today. The night will be capped off with “Sucker Free Certified,” taking a look at the hottest new artists set to make big noise in the coming year.
Paul Ricci serves as Executive Producer for “MTV2 Presents: Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts.” Candida Boyette and Darin Byrne serve as Co-Executive Producer. Rahman Ali Bugg is show Producer for the special.
Available in approximately 80 million homes MTV2 is man's best friend. Since its launch in 1996, the network has reflected the subversive interests and behaviors of young men with a compelling and diverse programming line-up inspired by ordinary guys who do extraordinary things. MTV2, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information, go to www.mtvpress.com.