top of page

Episode 53 - YO! MTV Raps Tribute with Doctor Dre

  1. Todd 1 – Down With MTV feat. Doctor Dre & Ed Lover

  2. Eric B. & Rakim – Follow The Leader

  3. Boogie Down Productions – My Philospohy

  4. Public Enemy – Don’t Believe The Hype

  5. EPMD – You Gots To Chill

  6. Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo – Road To The Riches

  7. Big Daddy Kane – Ain’t No Half-Steppin

  8. Biz Markie – Biz Is Goin’ Off

  9. Special Ed – The Magnificent

  10. Stop The Violence Movement – Self-Destruction

  11. Heavy D – Big Tyme

  12. MC Lyte – Paper Thin

  13. JVC Force – Strong Island

  14. Gang Starr – Just To Get A Rep

  15. Nice & Smooth – Funky For You

  16. D-Nice – Call Me D-Nice

  17. N.W.A. – Express Yourself

  18. Eazy-E – Eazy-er Said Than Dunn

  19. The D.O.C. – It’s Funky Enough

  20. Ice-T – High Roller

  21. Boogie Down Productions – Love’s Gonna Getch’a

  22. K-Solo – Your Mom’s In My Business

  23. Cool C - Glamorous Life

  24. LL Cool J – I’m The Type of Guy

  25. LL Cool J – Jingling Baby (Remix)

  26. LL Cool J – To Da Break of Dawn

  27. LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out

  28. LL Cool J – Jack The Ripper

  29. LL Cool J – The Boomin’ System

  30. Chubb Rock – Treat ‘Em Right

  31. Brand Nubian – All For One

  32. Poor Righteous Teachers – Rock Dis Funky Joint

  33. De La Soul – Plug Tunin’

  34. 3rd Bass – The Gas Face feat. Zev Love X/DOOM

  35. EPMD – Rampage feat. LL Cool J

  36. Das EFX – Mic Checka

  37. Ice Cube – Who’s The Mack?

  38. Digital Underground – Doowutchyalike

  39. Del the Funkee Homosapien – Mistadobalina

  40. A Tribe Called Called Quest – Check The Rhime

  41. A Tribe Called Called Quest – Scenario feat. L.O.N.S.

  42. Gang Starr – DWYCK feat. Nice & Smooth

  43. Grand Puba – 360

  44. Organized Konfusion – Fudge Pudge feat. O.C.

  45. Ultramagnetic MC’s – Poppa Large (Remix)

  46. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – T.R.O.Y./The Creator (Live)

  47. Run-DMC – Down With The King feat. Pete Rock & CL Smooth

  48. Naughty By Nature – O.P.P.

  49. Naughty By Nature – Uptown Anthem

  50. Cypress Hill – How I Could Just Kill A Man

  51. Redman – Time 4 Sum Akson

  52. House of Pain – Jump Around

  53. House of Pain – Who’s The Man

  54. Doctor Dre and Ed Lover – Back Up Off Me!

It’s not every day you get to go back to your old school and talk with your teachers. Today, we got that chance to speak to one of them. Doctor Dre was the only doctor I knew growing up besides Dr. Spock. Dre, along with Fab Five Freddy and Ed Lover, were instrumental in our early exposures to hip-hop. They helped educate and they definitely helped entertain us. If not for YO! MTV Raps, many of us wouldn’t have even known these classic rap videos existed. There was no internet back then. Certainly nothing remotely close to Youtube. If you didn’t catch Music Box, Pump It Up, Rap City or Yo!, chances are, you just missed out!

While Fab Five Freddy took on the more serious role as the teacher who dropped knowledge all day, it was the fun-loving duo of Doctor Dre and Ed Lover that really captivated you. They had you laughing from the start of the class to the end of it. They left you wanting more. Doctor Dre knew how to kick dunn language, like on Knowledge Me, and he and Ed both knew how to have fun like Back Up Off Me. There has never been a team like Doctor Dre and Ed Lover and considering how the music industry is today, especially MTV, there never will be. Before mainstream TV really embraced hip-hop, before you had In Living Color, Martin, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or New York Undercover, it was YO! MTV Raps that was pivotal in the hip-hop movement in mainstream America.

On this episode, we pay homage to YO! with 2 ridiculously dope DJ 360 mixes. We also speak to the great Doctor Dre. We talk about his early days at Adelphi University with Chucky D and Flavor Flav. We talk Original Concept, Def Jam and some interesting stories about Rick Rubin. We cover touring with the Beasties, how Bill Cosby did a very Bill Cosby thing when on YO!. We find out Don Cornelius felt threatened by their success. We talk about RUN-DMC not giving Dre the proper credit all the way to dropping an album on Def Jam in ‘88 along with Slick Rick and Public Enemy. We talk a lot of P.E., even Dre’s love/hate relationship with Flavor Flav.

We cover a lot of ground here. From Who’s The Man, to who was the man behind the selections on the the soundtrack. But - what would this interview be without the amazing history and stories of YO!? We take you to the final episode, where that infamous freestyle session goes down between Rakim, Chubb Rock, Erick Sermon, MC Serch, KRS-One, Redman, Method Man, Large Professor, Special Ed and Craig Mack. We learn who Doctor Dre felt had the best verse on that iconic episode. So much and more. Don’t miss our YO! MTV Raps Tribute Show featuring Doctor Dre!


For all things Take It Personal:
If you would like to support the show:

bottom of page