Posts By Lauren Harris

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Sneak Peek: Rihanna Addicted To Justin

Rihanna‘s video for her new single “Rehab” premieres on VH1′s Top 20 on Monday, but since we love you so much, we’re giving you a sneak peek of the hotness now! In the clip above, Rihanna smolders with co-star Justin Timberlake. And just so you can prepare yourself — JT’s a biker dude, and Rihanna rocks a skimpy green bikini. Meaning we’re not responsible for melted computer monitors.

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Free Naughty By Nature Track To Download

Hip Hop Honors airs tonight at 10 p.m., and you’re not the only one who’s psyched. Naughty By Nature are so thrilled to be in the middle of the whole thing, they even wrote a song about it — which they’re offering to everyone for free! The song, appropriately titled “Hip Hop Honors,” is the only rap track we know that calls out Obama, chupacabras and direct marketing. And given the ridiculous performance the group gave at last week’s taping, we’re psyched for this track, and their forthcoming material.

Download the MP3 here, and be sure to check out tonight’s show!

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Too $hort And Scarface Blow The Whistle

Hip Hop Honors taped this past Thursday night, and the high-energy show went off without a hitch, which may have had something to do with the rehearsals that took over Hammerstein Ballroom all last week. The stage was a veritable revolving door of talent, with Scarface passing the mic to Kid Rock during the Too $hort segment, and De La Soul fans like Mos Def and Q-Tip hanging around just to practice their rhymes. The morning of the taping, Bun B, Kid Rock, Scarface, Lil Jon and the Top Dog himself, Too $hort, got together to go through their set one last time.

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?uestlove Confesses Isaac Hayes Phobia

Last night’s Hip Hop Honors show was insane — from the famous people lovefest on the red carpet to the floor-shaking renditions of some of the greatest songs in hip-hop. One of the most touching moments of the evening was when Cee-Lo, Estelle, Mos Def, Chuck D, Scarface and the Roots performed a heartfelt medley of the late, great Isaac Hayes‘ songs. But while it was nothing but love and respect last night, the Roots’ ?uestlove remembered some very different feelings about Hayes at this week’s rehearsals. Check out the clip above to see why, and tune in on Monday, October 6th at 10 p.m. to watch the show.

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De La Never Dreamt They’d Be Honored

Last night was the taping of Hip Hop Honors, our massive tribute to the hip-hop heavyweights we’ve loved for so long. One of our favorites, De La Soul, chatted with us during rehearsals on Wednesday about what they thought was in store for them when they first formed over twenty years ago.

Tune in on Monday, October 6th at 10 p.m. to see De La and the other honorees bring down the house.

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Do De La Soul Hate “Me, Myself And I”?

Tonight’s the big Hip Hop Honors show, and we’ve been checking out rehearsals of all the honorees. We noticed a little something during De La Soul‘s run through. While singing “Me, Myself And I” the group diverted from the standard lyrics — instead of the usual “Or is it just my De La song?” they switched it to “Or is it ’cause we hate this song.” We caught up with the group to find out what prompted the switch.

Check out the show when it airs on Monday, October 6th at 10 p.m.

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Mos Def Talks About His Hero, Ghostface Forgets Lyrics

Even though Mos Def‘s paying tribute to Isaac Hayes at this year’s Hip Hop Honors, he had some choice words about his hero and one-time obsession, Slick Rick.???

Ghostface Killah, who is tributing Slick Rick, stopped by to share with us some of the joys and hardships of covering Slick.

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Eve Raps, Biz Beatboxes And Busta’s Got Babies

Just when you thought the house couldn?t get any more packed, Busta Rhymes, Eve and MC Lyte show up to join Biz Markie for their tribute to Slick Rick. Eve lounges on the steps as she and Ghostface Killah chat, and Biz and Busta joke around up until the minute the Slick Rick medley starts.

Once the bass kicks in though, it?s all business. MC Lyte struts out on the stage, lyric sheet in hand, announcing that the ruler is back. Moments later, Busta Rhymes and Spliff Star run out, launching into ?The Show,? and nearly miss the exit once their segment is over. Ghostface Killah and Biz duet on ?La Di Da Di,? with Biz?s chest-hollowing bass backing up Ghostface?s gloriously off-kilter vocals.

Next to us, our lovely online host, Gym Class Heroes? Travis McCoy fields emails from his special lady friend, the girl-kissing Katy Perry, and Busta?s sons, the next generation of hip-hop, tag along with their dad.

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Hip Hop Honors: Cypress Hill Goes Up In Smoke

The gang’s all here this beautiful Wednesday morning as the second day of rehearsals for Hip Hop Honors kick off. Some say hip-hop runs on its own time, but Fat Joe, Jim Jones and the Gym Class Heroes are all here, right on time, to honor Cypress Hill. To have such a collection of talent under one roof is amazing, and that’s not lost on the honorees themselves. While walking around surveying the set, B-Real happens to whip out the same digital camera your loyal bloggers have to record the moment, as a decidedly less portly Fat Joe walks over to pay his respects.

It’s obvious Fat Joe’s been doing his homework, as he tears through a flawless rendition of “The Phuncky Feel One.” Jim Jones has a little work to do before the show, as he seems more interested in watching the dancers than the words to “I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That.”


Appropriately, plumes of smoke wreath Cypress Hill as they run through “(Rock) Superstar.” Moments later, Cypress Hill, Jim Jones, Mack 10, Gym Class Heroes are up on the mezzanine, answering our questions about Cypress Hill and a particular herbal remedy the group are fond of (coming soon…). Mos Def swings by and tells us which honoree he’s most excited to see, which we’ll have for you later today.

Check back for tons of updates from hip-hop’s front lines, and be sure to tune in Monday, October 6th at 10 p.m.