Everyone’s Talking Hip Hop Honors

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The buzz about Hip Hop Honors is spilling into all sorts of quarters these days. The respect that contemporary rap artists have for the musicians that paved the way is obvious. Here are a couple of blogs getting primed for the show by punditizing on the past.

First up, Rhapsody. Here’s Devin the Dude on Slick Rick:

“Every time you heard [his music], you laughed, danced, and at the end, it had a storyline. A lot of rap didn?t have storylines back then, but Slick Rick was real good at that. Anybody can just say they?re a story teller, but there?s an art to it and he figured it out.” Read the whole interview at Rhapsody.

And over at The Smoking Section, they’re kicking an overview of Cypress Hill‘s ganga sensibilities.

“Potheads wrapped Mary Jane in cigar skins long before Cypress Hill endorsed it, but the first Latino rap group to go platinum helped introduce blunts to the mainstream. In 1991 Cypress Hill dropped a self-titled debut album celebrating L.A. gang culture and, more prominently, marijuana. They weren?t the first rappers to talk about weed, just as N.W.A. wasn?t the first to spit gangsta shit. But B-Real?s nasal vocals, Sen Dog?s gravelly ad-libs and DJ Muggs? stoned, off-kilter beats set off a revolution.” Read the whole piece.

Check out the list of hip hop’s greatest weed songs. Did your fave make the cut?

Read what DJ Drama has to say about the glory of De La Soul at Rhapsody. Full interview here.

Watch our Hip Hop Honors show on VH1 on Monday, October 6 at 10 EST.