August 1: MTV Is Launched. (1981)

August 1, 1981 – On This Date In Hip-Hop, MTV was launched — and guess what: THESE N*GGAS REALLY PLAYED MUSIC VIDEOS back then… Speaking of n*ggas, the rock-based network didn’t start “rockin” with us until some time later in ‘83 when Michael Jackson had Billie Jean [and later on Thriller]. MJ kicked in the door for Blacks and Yo MTV Raps hit in August of ’88.

ABOVE: MTV Original Broadcast

And now here is how the brand met its ultimate demise – as far as “Music Television” goes.

ABOVE: The Rise and Fall of MTV

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