The MTV Video Music Awards are upon us. The popular cable network has definitely changed drastically over the years - putting its once eponymous ‘Music’ on the backburner. Their flagship award ceremony acts a nice bit of nostalgic entertainment for the channel, still a celebration of the year in music.

Incepted in 1984, the VMA’s have acted as a platform for artists in various stages in their career to cement their legacies and earn respect. In its lifetime, the VMA’s have also seen (and embraced) the rise of Hip Hop in popular music, playing host to many awards and moments for the genre.

Let’s get hype for the upcoming 2015 broadcast and counted down the Top VMA Rap Moments.