'MTV Unplugged': The 15 Best Episodes

To celebrate the show's return, we look back at its greatest moments – from Jay-Z to Nirvana

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6. LL Cool J / A Tribe Called Quest / De La Soul (1991)

In the early days of Unplugged, every episode featured multiple artists, giving us shows like Great White and Damn Yankees, Sinéad O'Connor and the Church, and Ratt and Vixen. The most successful of this run was an episode billed as Yo! Unplugged Rap, which featured LL Cool J, MC Lyte, A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. This was MTV's first attempt at bringing hip-hop into the Unplugged universe, and it was a huge success. The highlight was LL Cool J tearing through "Mama Said Knock You Out," teaching kids all over America to never wear white, flakey deodorant when playing shirtless on national television. "People have teased me about the deodorant for years, but I love it," he said in 2010. "It was raw! It was nasty! At least you know I wasn’t stinking.”

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