Hip Hop Honors

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Biggie Smalls Open Casting Call

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As you may or may not have already heard, Fox Searchlight is producing a film entitled Notorious. The film, slated to come out next year, is about the life and times of Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls, the ’90s legend whose influence over hip-hop was so pervasive it’s still felt today. Rumored to be characters in the movie? Diddy and this year’s Hip-Hop Honors recipient, Snoop. (That’s going to be one harried casting director!) Biggie was a giant — not just in terms of his music — and whoever fills the man’s shoes is going to have to be pretty damn convincing. So Fox Searchlight has put out the word: They’re holding an open casting call this Saturday, October 6, in New York City. If you think you have what it takes, and you’re in the area, head to City Stages, 435 W. 19th St. Auditions start at 10 a.m. You’re going to want to get there early. If you don’t live in the area, you can always hit the producers up on their casting-call Web site, too. See the full ad after the jump. Read more…

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Celebs & Their Fave Old School Tunes

busta_rhymes.jpgMario is into Ice Cube (we won’t say which song). Diddy is down with Run-DMC (you can guess the track, can’t you?), Busta Rhymes salutes Public Enemy (no, not “Bring the Noise”). In fact lots of celebs still get a kick out of old school hip-hop tracks. We put together lots of lists for Hip-Hop Honors. Come see who chose which joint, and while you’re hanging out, check the 20 cuts we’re calling the best of 2007 (so far).

Hey, what’s your favorite old-school classic? C’mon, spill the beans…

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Snoop & The Game? Missy & Eve? Must Be Bridging the Gap

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We’ve all caught hip-hop fever around VH1, which isn’t surprising, considering that VH1′s annual Hip-Hop Honors show premieres next Monday, October 8th at 10 p.m. (EST). In the lead-up to that extravaganza, we’re featuring all sorts of beat-making and rhyme-slinging on our fair network. Tonight, there are at least two shows you should know about (in addition to finding out what happened to the men of I Love New York). First up, there’s Bridging the Gap: Queen Latifah and Eve (11 p.m. EST). The two rappers hit some of L.A.’s finest boutiques, eat a little lunch in Beverly Hills, and then sit down to make hip-hop history by writing and recording a song together. A half-hour later, there’s Bridging the Gap: The Game and Snoop Dogg (11:30 p.m. EST), which follows the same premise — get one of the genre’s pioneers and one of its mavericks together, and watch them create. Whose track do you think will be smoother? We’re counting on hip-hop honoree Snoop. Click above for a tour of his studio.

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Fab & Sexy Asian Ladies Talk “Graffiti”

It didn’t take long for hip-hop, b-boy culture, and breaking to become a global phenomenon, and years ago Wild Style star and hip-hop icon Fab 5 Freddy found himself in a Japanese hotel teaching a group of females about the fine art of tagging. He recounts the action in our “Tales From the Road” series, part of this year’s Hip-Hop Honors action, so yep, it includes some wildness – clubbing, boxer shorts, calls from the front desk, running and screaming, and brothers protecting their sisters from the Rock Steady crew. Let’s let Fab ‘splain it himself.

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Snoop + Dre Chasing (Underaged) Girlies

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Lotsa crazy-azz shizzle goes down when musicians are out on tour. Our “Tales From the Road” feature has our Hip-Hop Honors heroes come clean about some dodgey events. Snoop‘s got a good one about him and Dr. Dre trying to get some sexy time with female fans back in the early days of their career. Seems the Doggy’s daddy was involved, too. Guess highjinks are just part of the deal when you’re bouncing ladies around hotel rooms…

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2007′s Best Hip-Hop Tracks (So Far…)

Lil? MamaLil’ Mama‘s “Lip Gloss” made the summer afternoons a bit more fun (she be rubbin’ it) and the groove of T.I.‘s “Big Sh*t Poppin’” mowed down everything in its path. By now you know that we’re celebrating hip-hop history, but there are lots of dope tracks being dropped these days, right? We lined-up 20 of the best so far. Come see if your fave is on the list and tell us what’s missing. As T.I. himself sez: “may the best man win, pahdna.”

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Rock on TV: Hip-Hop Honors

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Forbes 20 Most Expensive Celebrity Weddings, 6 p.m. (EST), E!: They employ evil clip-show geniuses over at E!, men and women who are hell-bent on entertaining you in 15 seconds or less, writers and producers who know how to really jiggle your ass when you’re trying to make it to 25 minutes on the treadmill even though your lungs feel like they’re filled with hot chlorine. How are you going to get over the hump, doughboy? We’ll tell you — with this clip show. Who had the most lavish nuptials? Was it Madonna and Guy Ritchie, what with their Scottish-castle-wedding? Was it Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, what with their DJ Mark Ronson? Or was it Melania Trump, who wore a $1.5 million engagement ring and a $200,000 gown? Sweat to the excess as Forbes and E! team up to make you burn 800 wedding-related calories in just under an hour.

VH1′s 2006 Hip-Hop Honors 7 p.m. (EST), VH1: Last year’s Hip-Hop Honors awards show was veritably seismic, honoring Ice Cube, the Beastie Boys, Afrika Bambaataa (pictured), Eazy-E, Russell Simmons, Rakim, MC Lyte and the Wu-Tang Clan. The show, hosted by Ice-T, was a blow-out, chock-a-block with amazing performances, fashions and memories. Thrill to the events of yesteryear, even as you get ready for this year’s shinding. The 2007 Hip-Hop Honors will be given out on October 8th, in a show hosted by 30 Rock‘s most excellent funnyman, Tracy Morgan.

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Make The Hip-Hop Honors Soundtrack

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Hey beatmeisters, it’s time to show-off your chops. Last year we were looking for MCs with Freestyle 59. This year we’re looking for producers with The Score – the contest that gives you the chance to make the soundtrack to this year’s Hip-Hop Honors show. Got a home studio? Got a computer? Put together a 60-second track that brings plenty of groove to the party. Our listeners will comment on their favorites, our judges will narrow down the field, and a winner will be chosen.

The prize? Studio time with Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson from the Roots. Together you’ll tweak the track so it can be used as the 2007 show’s theme. Some submissions are up already. Go give a listen and see what kind of competition lays ahead.