Next week Thursday, June 7 at 10 PM EST, VH1 will premiere Yo: The Story of Yo! MTV Raps, which, as the title suggests, will take audiences on a trip down memory lane, looking at the popular series which ran from 1988 to 1995 with its original Yo! MTV Raps name, then later as simply Yo! until 1999. It was the first hip-hop music show on the network.
Expected to be included in Yo: The Story of Yo! MTV Raps are interviews with the show’s three hosts (Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover and Doctor Dre), as well as the myriad of guests who appeared on the series.
And in anticipation of next week’s broadcast, and I suppose to get excited for what’s to come, VH1 has released a clip (courtesy of Billboard) from 1993, which features Tupac Shakur getting a bit worked up when host Ed Lover brings up the story of his quarrel with the Hughes Brothers who had fired Pac from their movie, Menace II Society.
Here’s what went down as VIBE reports:
In March 1993, there was an incident between Tupac and Allen [Hughes] at a music video shoot which resulted in Tupac being convicted of assault and battery. “The biggest misnomer is that me and Tupac got into any fight. It was me and 12 Crips that he got to jump me. He didn’t do shit,” Allen claims. “Tupac didn’t lay a hand on me. I had my hands on him. But there was not a physical fight between me and Tupac. It was a physical fight between me and 12 gangbangers. I believe they are called the Rolling 40s and they rolled me up pretty good.” Allen adds: “Tupac was an artist. Tupac was not a gangbanger. Tupac could not fight to save his motherfucking life. I know that for a fact. He was an immensely gifted person and he was far, far, far from a thug.” He lets out a deep sigh. “I think that’s just years of frustration that just came out.”
Tupac was originally cast to play the Muslim character, Sharif. (which was eventually played by Vonte Sweet); he was fired from the movie because the Hughes bros claimed that Tupac was being a troublemaker on the set.
In the Yo! MTV Raps clip below, which will be featured in next week’s program, Tupac admits that he assaulted Hughes for firing him, stating “They fired me but did it in a round about punk snitch way. So I caught them on the streets and whipped their behinds… I was a menace to the Hughes Brothers and it ain’t over.”
That wasn’t the smartest thing to do because, the Hughes Bros then used the footage from that Yo! show as evidence to file a claim against Tupac for assault, which led to Tupac spending 15 days in jail for the attack.
Ah yes… the good ol’ days.