Yes, 90s babies. Before VEVO, YouTube, Vimeo, OnSmash and (sigh) World Star Hip Hop there was MTV. A music video channel that exclusively showed music videos. Remember that?
MTV’s flagship show was Total Request Live, also known as TRL, was a daily countdown show where you the fans would phone in votes for which video you wanted to see the most. The show became a pop culture staple that defined a generation of screaming tweens in Times Square and across the country.
The channel’s highest rated show, TRL, was a launching pad for today’s biggest stars like Eminem, Destiny’s Child, NSYNC, 50 Cent and many more. Moreso being a pop show, the show established some of the most commercially successful rappers of all-time.
Today we take a look at some of the most popular Hip-Hop videos that popped off in that era. Check it all out after the jump.