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Behind The Scenes Of Hip Hop Honors: Treach Goes A Capella

There’s about 60 or so hours until the 2008 Hip Hop Honors show kicks off, but you?d think it was this afternoon by the looks of the stage at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Lit up like an arcade, it?s a truly worthy temple of hip-hop.

But the stage is icing ? a nicely wrapped present compared to the action going down on it. After a brief interlude, Naughty By Nature emerge from their 7th floor rehearsals to check out their upcoming performance spot. Sitting on the steps, posing for pictures in what will be their honorary thrones for the evening, Vin Rock and Treach look genuinely excited. As the group sits out on the balcony while some middle-aged production dude awkwardly dances and lip-syncs on stage during a run-through of the group?s hit ?O.P.P.?, you gotta wonder what?s going through their heads.

After a brief technical difficulty (Treach: ?This sh*t has to be hot so I can do the intro!?) the guys launch into ?Uptown Anthem,? the forever celebratory ?Hip Hop Hooray,? and then a sick version of an acapella, which we happen to have a little footage of above. We’ll be posting on the action from the show site all day Wednesday and Thursday. Come back for more news and video.

Check Naughty by Nature’s story, and watch their videos.

Watch Hip Hop Honors on VH1 on Monday, October 6 at 10 pm.

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Cypress Hill Tells Tales From The Road

It’s no surprise that this year’s Hip Hop Honors honorees Cypress Hill have had some hectic moments on the road — after all, they’re the same guys who’ve spoken frankly about gang-banging and their love of ganja. But back in the day, on one particular stop in St. Louis, the guys thought their days were numbered. Check out the above clip to find out how Cypress Hill got out of a sticky situation with the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Be sure to tune in on October 6th at 10 p.m., and until then, check out the Hip Hop Honors site for all your hip-hop needs.

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Naughty By Nature To Drop New Album, Perform At Hip Hop Honors

On the heels of the news that Naughty By Nature will be honored by VH1 at this year’s Hip Hop Honors, the Jersey trio who specialize in getting asses out of seats have just announced they’re back in the studio to record another album, their first in six years. According to AllHipHop.com, Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee say the tentatively titled Anthem, Inc. (fitting, right?) has no set release date, but the group assures us we’ll be hearing tunes shortly. ?There?s no set date, but before this New Year comes in, you?re definitely gonna be hearing some exclusives, some appetizers to let them know we coming,? said Treach.

No need to wait until New Year’s — tune in on October 6th at 10 p.m. to watch Naughty perform.

Watch our Naughty by Nature Box Set, which contains loads of interviews and videos.

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Busta, Flav And Many Others To Appear At Hip Hop Honors

The list of artists scheduled to appear at this year’s Hip Hop Honors keeps getting longer — and better. In addition to greats like Outkast‘s Big Boi, Kid Rock and Wyclef Jean, more of hip-hop’s luminaries of past and present have been added to the roster. Cee-Lo, Busta Rhymes, Queen Latifah, Fat Joe, Flavor Flav, Gym Class Heroes and Chuck D. are just a few of the folks that will gather to honor Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Slick Rick and Too $hort. To see a full list of the folks who’ll make an appearance, check here.

Be sure to tune in on October 6th at 10 p.m. to watch, and be sure to keep checking in as new performers and presenters are announced.

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Rock Honors: The Sexiest Women in Music

Some of the biggest names in rock happen to be some of the foxiest females in the game. From Gwen and M.I.A. all the way back to Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks, girls can do everything boys can do — in heels. Check out our list of the hottest frontwomen in rock here, and don’t forget to tune in on Thursday, July 17 to watch the Who get honored by the Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, the Flaming Lips and Incubus on Vh1.

Can’t wait that long? We’ll have exclusive photos from the event and sneak performances next week. Also enter our sweepstakes to win tickets to next year’s Rock Honors, and possibly see some of these sexy frontwomen up close.

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Xtina Gets Dirrrty n’ Drunk During “Mommy-Daddy Time”

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We’ve been seeing an awful lot of Christina Aguilera lately, and it looks like she’s back to her old Xtina ways. Several times in the past few weeks the new mom has been spotted tottering out of clubs, in some cases being lead out of a bar by her hubby Jordan Bratman, or a pal. But the new mom is coming to her own defense, telling Access Hollywood that she needs to blow off some grown-up steam.

“I spend all day with my son and once in a while if I want to go out and have a mommy-daddy night with my husband, I am more than allowed to do that.? We imagine a mommy-daddy night might entail drinking a lot of adult juice, having a tantrum on the dancefloor, then someone driving her Big Wheel home. Then she and daddy will get ready for bed by taking their clothes off and hugging in various positions.

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Usher Gets Icy On Chili

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Everybody knows Usher‘s a happily married family man (as you can learn from several of the tracks off Here I Stand). But we also know that a while back, Ush and Chili were pretty serious. Usher even bought the TLC hottie a rock, but broke it off before the two were engaged. A few months back Chili confessed to the world that Usher was “the one that got away. I love him very much and I will always love him. I don?t know how you love someone that deeply and just stop loving them.”

Recently, Usher was asked about his ex’s remarks in an interview with RWDmag.com. Usher had somem rather harsh words for Chili:

I mean, I think it?s a little unrealistic, I?m married [laughs], I?m not a boy. It?s been three years past, you know? But we all have unrealistic goals too. Like shoot, I will always forever love Katie Holmes and Halle Berry. I don?t feel anyway about it. It does appear maybe to be a plug for something. She got a record coming or something?

Harsh!

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Leona Lewis Refuses To Show Off Her “Bits”

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This month, Blender magazine caught up with the industry-saving pop star Leona Lewis, our very own You Oughta Know Artist. We already knew we loved the “Bleeding Love” singer, but we found out a few other details that only further cemented her staying power as the pop star of our hearts. Not only did she grow up tough in an East London where her family struggled to make ends meet, she hardly drinks (“I’ve tasted champagne, which is gross. And I tasted wine, which I don’t like.”) and she always wears undies: “I don’t wear little miniskirts and low cut tops. If you want to show your bits off, it’s up to you.”

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Clay Aiken’s Four-Point Plan to Being a Dad

clay_aikenYesterday news broke that American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken served as a sperm donor for friend and music producer Jaymes Foster. Foster, who is due in August, is the sister of David Foster, music producer and longtime friend of Aiken. We’re sure Aiken’s going to be a great dad to the little one, and able to impart tons of helpful advice that he’s picked up along the way. We’ve compiled a bit of the fatherly wisdom Aiken will surely pass on to the littlest Claymate.

Pancake, It’s Not What’s For Breakfast: Male or female, gay or straight — why limit yourself in the amount of makeup you wear out of the house? You always want to look coordinated, so why not have your face match your hair.

Feathered, Highlighted and Banged: The only thing that gets as much attention as a good haircut…is a bad one.

Creeping People Out: Sure, Clay’s probably a totally nice guy, but his songs are downright terrifying. A few lines from Clay’s hit “Invisible” will undoubtedly get the littlest Aiken whatever they want on the playground.

How To Appeal to Massive Amounts of Rabidly Dedicated 14-Year-Old Girls: Actually, we have no idea how he does this.

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Usher To Confess…To Your Questions

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We all know Usher tells it like it is; on 2004′s Confessions, he filled us in on what goes on between the sheets. His latest disc, Here I Stand, which you can listen to and read about, lifts the curtain on everything from what happens at the club to Usher’s newly domesticated life. Now the R&B phenom wants to answer one of your questions. Tell us something you want to know about Usher in our comments section. We’ll pick the best, and he’ll provide a video answer.

Watch his new video for “Moving Mountains,” too!