Co-Creator of 'Yo! MTV Raps' Peter Dougherty Dies at 59
Legendary MTV producer and driving force behind the network’s influential hip-hop show Yo! MTV Raps, Peter Dougherty died from a heart attack on Oct. 12. He was 59.
Born and raised in New York, Peter is remembered as one of the creative forces who, along with Ted Demme, helped to shape the programming culture of MTV in its heyday. It was in the mid-1980s when he began endorsing a program focused on rap music at a time when MTV was dedicated to Rock N' Roll. In August of 1988 Dougherty and Demme developed the pilot for Yo! MTV Raps hosted by Run DMC who at the time was the biggest Rap group in the world.
Eventually the show would feature Dr. Dre, Ed Lover and Fab Five Freddy who would go on to become entertainment Icons. The ground breaking show became one of the highest rated shows in the history of MTV.
Yo! MTV Raps was instrumental in helping a niche musical genre become a universal and mainstream standard.
RUN DMC Hosts PIlot Episode (1988) Featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, JJ FAD & Eric B. & Rakim, Biz Markie and Others