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Hip Hop Honors Interview: Ashanti

All this week, we’ll be bringing you behind-the-scenes interviews recorded during the rehearsals for this year’s Hip Hop Honors (the show taped a few weeks ago, but will premiere on air Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c). Today’s offering features Ashanti ruminating on her days at Murder Inc., as well as offering a taste of what to expect from her in the future.

Oh, and funnily enough, if you watched this week’s Real Chance of Love 2, you saw that Classy told a joke that didn’t exactly put Real in stitches. Funnily enough, Ashanti tells the same joke in the mini tribute to Def Comedy Jam below, to a slightly better response.

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Hip Hop Honors Interview: Ja Rule

All this week, we’ll be bringing you behind-the-scenes interviews recorded during the rehearsals for this year’s Hip Hop Honors (the show taped a few weeks ago, but will premiere on air Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c). Today’s offering finds Ja Rule reflecting on his Murder Inc. days, and how times have changed. He’s no longer in hip-hop for the money, for example. His explanation is probably less altruistic than that sounds.

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Hip Hop Honors Interview: Chuck D And Boots Riley

All this week, we’ll be bringing you behind-the-scenes interviews recorded during the rehearsals for this year’s Hip Hop Honors (the show taped a few weeks ago, but will premiere on air Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c). We kick things off with Public Enemy frontman Chuck D and Boots Riley of the Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club. They talk about what Def Jam Records (the subject of this year’s Honors) means to them and Chuck explains why he’s disappointed that a certain someone isn’t on the lineup for this year’s show. If he were 100 percent satisfied with the way things are, he just wouldn’t be Chuck D.

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Bret Reflects On Rock Of Love

Posted above is an extended interview from the taping of Bret MichaelsBehind the Music (premiering Thursday at 9/8c). In it, he talks about his time on Rock of Love – why he initially passed when offered the show, how his dynamic with the girls turned out to be way different from what he expected, and what the show taught him about “traditional” dating. A big chunk of the episode is devoted to Rock of Love (including interviews with key people from the show’s past), so don’t miss it when it premieres Thursday. In the meantime, you can check out even more clips from Bret’s BTM interview sessions, in which he covers topics like his upcoming autobiography, Poison’s early days of getting paid not to play and his “love hate relationship of Biblical proportions” with C.C. DeVille.

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Tracy Morgan Is Scoopy Giles

Did you know that there was a person integral to the foundation of Def Jam, who wasn’t part of the elite group of the label’s bosses saluted at this year’s Hip Hop Honors (premiering Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c)? Well, there wasn’t, but that’s not going to keep HHH host Tracy Morgan from pretending that there was anyway. In the clip above, he plays Scoopy Giles, the “fifth Beatle or the sixth Jackson or the invisible fourth Tony! Toni! Ton?! also named Tony” to Def Jam’s legacy. He’s interviewed by Nancy Grace, who it turns out, is an actual real person.

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Hip Hop Honors 2009 – On The Red Carpet

As posted earlier, Hip Hop Honors 2009 taped last night (it premieres on air Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c), but the action wasn’t just on stage. Check out what went down on the red carpet in the news clip above (be sure to catch DMX’s freestyle) and peep some shots from that red carpet, as well as the pre-party and after-party in the gallery below.

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Hip Hop Honors 2009 Peformance Shots

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As an appetizer for VH1′s broadcast of Hip Hop Honors 2009 (premiering Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c), check out some shots from the show, which taped last night at Brooklyn’s BAM. We attended, and the most amazing thing about the show was the level of respect commanded by veteran acts like Public Enemy, EPMD, DMX and Onyx. Hip-h0p is often fairly criticized for inviting ageism, for tossing aside artists after an album or two in favor of something younger. There was no such prejudice on display last night, as the rapturous audience delievered standing O after standing O, bumrushing the sound as though Chuck D made it only a year ago.

By the way…

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…best picture ever? Y/y?

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[All images via Getty]

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So Wait, Bobby Brown Survived A Drive-By Shooting?

Above is an extended interview segment from Bobby Brown‘s Behind the Music (premiering tonight at 9/8c), in which Bobby recounts a harrowing time he was caught in the cross-fire of a drive-by shooting. He wasn’t just the King of R&B that day — he was the king of good fortune. Expect many more crazy stories like this on the show. It’s Bobby Brown we’re talking about — how could his stories not be crazy?

Also, don’t forget that you can chat with Bobby via your mobile device tonight at 12/11c.

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Chat With Bobby Brown

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It’s not every day that you can chat with one of music’s biggest figures? — especially when that figure is the “King of R&B” and had a very public and very turbulent 11-year marriage to Whitney Houston as well as bouts of substance abuse. But thanks to VH1 Mobile, now’s your chance. Watch Bobby Brown‘s episode of Behind the Music this Thursday, Sept. 24, at 10/9c, then live chat with Bobby himself after the show (12/11c)!

Users may download the app on their phone (AT&T phones, Sprint phones, BlackBerries from the BlackBerry App World store and iPhones from the iTunes App Store), then text in questions. Sample: What was it like performing with New Edition again at the BET Awards and who’s that woman on your arm?! You can also text TALK to 44686 and we’ll send you a download link. It will be a half hour moderated chat.