VH1’s Hip Hop Honors premieres tonight, Oct. 13 at 9/8c, featuring awe-inspiring performances celebrating 25 years of Def Jam, and your host for the evening, Tracy Morgan. BWE.tv was live on the red carpet and snagged interviews with some of the stars and performers of HHH — which will be well worth your time tonight. We bring you those interviews here.
First up, Street Sweeper Social Club, made up of Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and The Coup’s Boots Riley. The twosome showed up in very smart looking, St. Pepper inspired jackets, and we took things from there…
Michelle: I like this attire you have on tonight. Where do you find such dapper blazers, gentlemen?
Boots Riley: Well, we have a headquarters. The Street Sweepers Social Club headquarters. And in there we have various people that make weapons and instruments and we also have a person that makes all of our-
Tom Morello: We pay union wages
Boots: Yeah. We also have a person that makes all our uniforms – so this is the Street Sweepers Social Club uniform.
Michelle: Would you ever start a website? This is gorgeous. I think personally I would look great in one of these. How can I get this? [laughs]
Tom: We may have a raffle later on.
Michelle: You should get a big bell. Walk around town and ring it everywhere.
Tom: Yeah, that’s not a bad idea.
Michelle: Are you guys performing tonight?
Tom: Yeah, we’re playing with Public Enemy. We’re playing “Rebel Without A Cause.” Public Enemy and The Roots.
Michelle: Now, have you ever thought about shortening your band name to S3C?
Tom: [laughs] Well, occasionally we’ve been mistaken for the Sweet Strippers Soccer Club.
Michelle: I’m in that.
Tom: It’s an entirely different organization. Don’t confuse the two.
Hip Hop Honors celebrating 25 Years of Def Jam premieres tonight, October 13, at 9 PM ET/PT only on VH1.