You didn’t see Tracy Morgan giving a speech on the NYC transit bus? What about Kid Rock giving props to his pal Too $hort? Did you catch De La Soul rolling through “Me, Myself, and I”? Not a problem. You can see the entire Hip Hop Honors show again and again. Here’s the whole thing right now.
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Slick Rick is known as “The Ruler,” and as he sat in his Hip Hop Honors box seat watching his pals burn through few of his rhymes, he looked rather regal. MC Lyte was first with the salutation, “Gather ’round party goers…” It was wild from there. Busta Rhymes in the powder blue outfit with the matching eyepatch, Ghostface and Biz rolling through “La Di Da Di” and Eve throwing down about that slice of pizza in “Mona Lisa.” That’s the real deal.
Last night you got to see all the show-stopping, floor-shaking Hip Hop Honors performances we’ve been talking about. (If you missed it, check the show out here.) So far, we’ve filled you in on the after-party, but check out the up close and personal shots we got of your favorite stars on the red carpet. From Kid Rock to Flavor Flav, see who walked the walk at Hip Hop Honors.
Alright! The show’s started. Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Slick Rick, and Too $hort are being celebrated by an array of artists. Don’t be shy. Kick some comments, exchange opinions with others. Jump to the boogie and weigh in.
Cypress Hill was way tough. Find out all about them on our Honorees page.
Here’s De La Soul, with “Me, Myself, and I.” Check De La videos and pics.
Didn’t know Cee-Lo could croon like that. Nice Isaac Hayes tribute.
There are lots of video playlists, photo galleries and best-of lists on our Hip Hop Honors site.
Does Too $hort say the “b-word” like no one else? That’s what Luther Campbell says.
Start practicing your sing-along power for “O.P.P.” The Naughty Boyz are coming up.
Ready for a little gaming tonight? See if you can keep our b-boy C-Rock spinning and popping.
What was your favorite part of the show? Don’t forget that we’re airing it again right now.
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!
As our team of correspondents cruised behind the scenes at Hip Hop Honors, a faux presidential race cropped up. Who would you rather seen in the Oval Office, Biz Markie (who’s kind of oval himself) or Tracy Morgan (who could laugh his way out of any governmental crisis). Our interviewer Travis McCoy corralled a bunch of musicians, including Cee-Lo, MC Lyte, Busta Rhymes, and Chuck D, to weigh in on the question. Check the clip above for what they had to say.
Strolling down the red carpet of Hip Hop Honors the other night, our show host Tracy Morgan filled us in on a few things. Like: the smooth R&B he chilled to on the way to the gig, the way 30 Rock is going to punch us in the mouth when it premieres on October 30, and why he doesn’t party with his boss. Check the clip.
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.
The Wop, the Running Man, the Prep, the Smurf, the Patty Duke, the Psychobater Bugdown, the Basketball, the Jack Benny, the Carlton, the Pee Wee Herman, and of course the Robot (it’s your choice whether or not you want to include the “Panic Button” on that Robot). While the Hip Hop Honors artists were rehearsing, the grooves got ‘em thinking back to the old days, and some of the dances that dominated rap. Check the clip above, and start talking about your own faves in the comments section. Which dance were you good at?
Kid Rock came out on the Hip Hop Honors stage last night to kick a little love Too $hort‘s way. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Jesus knows “Life Is…Too Short” inside and out. So as he grabbed the mic and “remembered how it all began,” he gave a little smooch to old school artists everywhere.
A couple days ago we sat down with the Detroit daredevil for a chat about his records finally becoming available on a digital service (you can download his tracks starting today exclusively on Rhapsody), and yep the talk spilled over to his favorite MCs from yesteryear. The thrust of that subject matter is captured in the clip above. We also got some new Kid’s sharing some studio ideas with T.I. these days.
Check out photos and live clips from the Hip Hop Honors show and its rehearsals.
Watch Hip Hop Honors on VH1 on Monday, October 6 at 10 ET.