This Week on MNN:Celebrating Hip Hop

Originating in NYC in the 1970’s, Hip Hop is both a music genre and a culture. The beginnings of Hip Hop can be traced to block parties in NYC when DJ’s would set up giant speakers, turntables and mics on the streets and in local parks. MC’s were tasked with introducing the DJ’s and keeping the crowd going. During this time Black and Puerto Rican youth blended their cultures and created Hip Hop as we know it today. 2023 marks 50 years since the birth of Hip Hop and MNN is here for it! 


Join us Sunday, February 12 starting at 1 PM and Wednesday, February 15 starting at 7 PM on MNN HD (Spectrum 1993).

Full schedule: 

B.A.R TV--B.A.R. TV’s motto is “Brilliant and resilient is what you have to be to get where you want and to do anything you want to do”! This episode brings you an exclusive interview with Fugees rapper Pras Michel. The hip hop icon shares his story about how he came up in the music industry and the pitfalls he overcame.    

Sunday 1PM / Wednesday 7PM

Graffiti NYC has been airing on MNN for over 10 years. The host is graffiti legend James Top, who was a founding member of NYC's well known graffiti crew T.O.P. (The Odd Partners). In this episode James examines the origins of graffiti’s Black Book culture, a trend that became popular in the 70’s amongst NYC graffiti artists. Join us and learn how this trend became popular and check out some amazing art in the process.

Sunday 1:30PM / Wednesday 7:30PM

Just Gimme The Mic is a show that features artists and entrepreneurs from all over NYC. On this episode host Debra “Coco” Slater talks with MC TNT who was one of the first people on the Hip Hop scene. Join them as they discuss the true beginnings of the culture.  

Sunday 2PM / Wednesday 8PM