2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Cheat Sheet

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Many of you in our Hip Hop Honors Live Blog Party are asking questions about the show, sometimes the same questions, and sometimes three or four or 15 times! So we’ve compiled this cheat sheet to hopefully answer your every curiosity.

Q. When is the show?
A. Tonight (10/13) at 9PM EST on VH1.

Q. Can I watch it online?
A. You’ll be able to watch the full show online starting at 2AM EST tonight (10/14).

Q. Will the red carpet be televised?
A. No. The red carpet will not be televised. But you can check out photos from the red carpet here.

Q. Who are this year’s performers?
A. The Roots, Ludacris, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross, Ja Rule, Gym Class Heroes, DMX, Redman, Method Man, ONYX, Public Enemy, Foxy Brown, Ashanti, Warren G, Kid Rock and others.

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Join Our Hip Hop Honors Live Blog Party Tonight!

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VH1 is teaming up with Fab 5 Freddy, Amerie and Global Grind to live blog tonight’s VH1 Hip Hop Honors (9/8c). Hosted by Tracy Morgan (a.k.a. Scoopy “Dumplin Butts” Giles), this year’s show pays homage to Def Jam’s 25th anniversary. So it goes without saying the lineup will be hot! Performers include The Roots, Ludacris, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross, Ja Rule, Gym Class Heroes, DMX, Redman, Method Man, ONYX, Public Enemy, Foxy Brown, Ashanti, Warren G, Kid Rock and others. Join our live blog party? at 8/7c.

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Bon Jovi have been cranking out catchy melodies for 26 years, so it’s no surprise the band is a VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown favorite. With their brand-new single “We Weren’t Born to Follow,” the New Jersey rockers show they haven’t lost their knack for writing a radio-friendly song with hit potential — even when that song has political overtones. But how does the video for this new single stack up against the rest of the Top 20 competition? Watch above and then vote here.? Note to ladies: Jon Bon Jovi should not get extra points for his all-American good looks.

Hip Hop Honors Interview: Chuck D And Boots Riley (Part 2)

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All this week, we brought 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). For our last clip, we end where we started, continuing our chat with Public Enemy frontman Chuck D and Boots Riley of the Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club. The politically minded rappers talk at length about the depoliticized state of hip-hop in ’09. It’s about as revealing as political discourse over booming music, on a theater balcony, can be.

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Hip Hop Honors Interview: Redman

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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 Redman talking about the 10 years between his two Black Out! collaboration albums with Method Man, and whether we’ll have to wait that long for a third.

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Hip Hop Honors Interview: Ashanti

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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

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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

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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

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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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