It's no secret: Channel U played a lot of trash before becoming Channel AKA in 2009, and even then it wasn't that much different. Some of the visuals we will never forget, and there's plenty that we will—but you'll definitely love channel 385 if you grew up in the endz.
It's the channel you couldn't wait to come home from school and watch to see whose new visuals dropped. It's the channel you fought with your brothers and sisters over—they wanted to act all grown and watch MTV Base, while you just wanted to learn all the words to "Hands In The Air" by P2J. Among the rubble of low-budget videos were some credible releases that had commercial appeal, but came out during a time when certain sounds were seen as drive-by fads by music execs and the higher-ups.
Ever wondered what reception your old back-of-the-bus banger would get in today's music scene? What live vibe it'd give off during festival season? How it would sound on stations like 1Xtra or Beats 1? The mainstream, today, is more accepting of British black music than it has ever been, and there's a whole new generation of listeners to boot. Some of the artists no longer make music (or have broken up), but in any case, here are 10 Channel U-era classics that deserve another round.