February 18, 2022
Paramount+ announced that battle rapper Conceited and DJ Diamond Kuts will host the return of the hip-hop series “Yo! MTV Raps.”
From MTV Entertainment Studios, the reimagined global iteration will include hosted segments, live performances, cyphers and lifestyle content, and serve as a comprehensive deep dive into the current state of hip hop, according to a press release. As previously announced, the series will premiere on Paramount+ in the United States and in all international markets where the streaming service is available.
“Yo! MTV Raps” debuted 33 years ago on Aug. 6, 1988.
“’Yo! MTV Raps’ is truly one of the most groundbreaking, iconic music series to date,” Bruce Gillmer, chief content officer of music at Paramount+ and president of music, music talent, programming and events at Paramount, said in a statement. “The wildly popular franchise introduced hip hop to the world and along the way helped launch the careers of countless artists. Conceited and DJ Diamond Kuts are the perfect pair to bring new life and energy to our storied past, as we merge the show’s legacy with the fresh faces of hip hop’s present and future, taking ‘Yo!’ worldwide to a whole new generation of fans on Paramount+.”
Reggie “Conceited” Sergile, is a multifaceted artist best known for being a battle rapper in the SMACK/URL circuit and as one of the recurring cast members of the franchise “Wild ‘N Out.” Hailing from Brooklyn, N.Y., he earned his fame in the “Motherland of Urban Renaissance” in Harlem, N.Y. His first major-league battle took place in fall of 2009 alongside battle rap legends such as Murda Mook and Loaded Lux’s at the Lion’s Den. Across all social platforms he has surpassed more than 30 million online views. In February 2020, Conceited began hosting the MTV internet series “Sneaker Wars,” posted on the “Wild ‘N Out” YouTube channel.
Hailing from Philadelphia, DJ Diamond Kuts is the first female mixer to have a DJ slot on Philadelphia radio, along with being the official DJ for the Philadelphia Eagles. Over her career she’s DJed for political campaigns, including President Barack Obama. Diamond has toured with various artists, such as Nicki Minaj, and has appeared on and worked for numerous television networks and shows such as BET, “Good Morning America,” and others. Diamond has been featured on worldwide promo campaigns for NYX cosmetics and Dove and produced music for chart-topping artists and Disney Records.
Executive producers for the series include Kurt Williamson, Warren Oliver and Michelle Kenner of HollandWest Productions. Kim Velona is head of production. Bruce Gillmer and Jennifer Demme serve as executive producers for MTV.