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.


Hip Hop Honors: Real Deal Rehearsal Clips!

You kinda knew that Gym Class Heroes’ Travis McCoy was insane in the brain, right? But you might not have known how how deep a Cypress Hill fanatic he is. You will when Hip Hop Honors 2008 is over. The show’s taping in NYC tonight, and we’ve got some video snippets of what viewers can expect when it airs on Monday, October 6. It’s all here. Chuck D and Flav rolling together again, Fab Five Freddie and Biz Markie talking about the tough economy (“Don’t Want Drama, vote for Obama!”), Estelle and Q-Tip celebrating De La Soul‘s “A Roller Skating Jam Called Saturday,” and lots more.

Click right here to see the full playlist of Hip Hop Honors rehearsals.

Check back Friday morning for great photo galleries and blog reports on the events.


Lil Jon Minds His Words

While rehearsing for the Hip Hop Honors segment that will pay tribute to Too Short, Lil Jon had a lil tantrum about getting bleeped for saying “bitch.” In the video below, he explains why it only makes sense to utter the epithet during a salute to the man who devoted a part of his career to perfecting the pronunciation of it (“beyotch,” anyone?).

And there’s a bit more linguistic chatter with Jon below, when we ask him if he’s tired of his catchphrase, “Yeaaaah!” (Spoiler: the word he uses to answer proves just how sick of it he is.)

Watch Hip Hop Honors 2008 on VH1 on Monday, October 6, 10 pm ET.


EPMD Are Ready For Their Honor

Since this year marks the fifth annual Hip Hop Honors, it also marks the fifth time straight that legendary duo EPMD hasn’t been honored. Above, Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith plea their case and ask for your help in getting them on next year’s short list (but please don’t really picket — it could get messy).

Watch Hip Hop Honors 2008 on VH1 on Monday, October 6, 10 pm ET.


Flavor Flav’s Reality Show Lives On For Chuck D.

Earlier this year, Flavor Flav put the kibosh on any further seasons of his career-redefining reality show Flavor of Love. Backstage at rehearsals for this year’s Hip Hop Honors, we asked his Public Enemy partner and occasional critic of the show, Chuck D., what he thought about the demise of Flavor of Love. He plays both diplomat and realist in response.

Be sure to stay turned for a cameo from legend Fab Five Freddy.

Check out some shots of Public Enemy rehearsing for Hip Hop Honors below:

Watch Hip Hop Honors 2008 on VH1 on Monday, October 6, 10 pm ET.


Our Muse Cee-Lo

The shots we snapped of Cee-Lo at rehearsals for Hip Hop Honors 2008 came out consistently better than? our photos of virtually all the other artists. Maybe it’s the giant sweatsuit. Maybe it’s the surrounding lights. Maybe it’s the fact that he tends to not move around so much. Whatever the case, these are money:

Watch Hip Hop Honors 2008 on VH1 on Monday, October 6, 10 pm ET.


HHH: Top 20 Hip Hop Tracks of 2008

Nas‘ “Hero,” Lil Wayne‘s “A Milli,” DJ Khaled‘s “Out Here Grindin’.” It’s been a strong year for rap, and those are just three of the cuts that have stuck in our ears for awhile. We’re currently celebrating the old school heroes with our annual Hip Hop Honors show (airs Monday night, October 6 at 10 pm), but we’re not forgetting the MCs at work today. 2008 isn’t over yet, but here’s a list of the year’s 20 hottest tunes.

Check out our list of hip hop’s greatest weed songs, too.


When Flav Met Estelle

Yesterday, Flavor Flav?and Estelle?rehearsed their tribute honoring the late, great Isaac Hayes. After their performance, Flav approached the “American Boy” singer to introduce himself.??

Flav, obviously, was taken with Estelle…?

Then made her pose for a picture…

Which the lovely singer obviously obliged. I think we can call off Flavor of Love 4.?

Be sure to tune in Monday, October 6th at 10 p.m. to watch the sparks fly.?


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.