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VH1′s 40 Most Shocking Hip Hop Moments [COMPLETE LIST]

VH1 debuted the latest countdown in our long-running The Greatest series, the 40 Most Shocking Hip Hop Moments, this evening. If you missed it, don’t worry; it will rerun tomorrow night, Monday, September 19, at midnight. If you’re looking for the complete list, look no further. Here are the 40 Most Shocking Hip Hop Moments … so far!

40) Nicki Minaj gets butt slapped by Regis Philbin
39) Wyclef runs for president of Haiti
38) 50 Cent shockingly thin Twitter pics
37) Lil Wayne goes to prison and gets grillz removed
36) Redman?s shocking Cribs episode [WATCH]
35) Cam?ron?s anti-snitching 60 Minutes interview
34) Dr. Dre?s shocking transformation at VMAs
33) Sir Mix-A-Lot?s raunchy ?Put ?Em on the Glass? video
32) Lil Mama crashes stage during Jay-Z and Alicia Keys VMA performance
31) Suge Knight knocked out

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40 Most Shocking Hip Hop Moments Set To Debut On Sunday, September 18

Ever since the first time that someone decided to break out a turntable at a block party in the Bronx, scandal and hip hop have gone together like peanut butter and jelly. From notorious murders and untimely deaths to sleazy sex scandals and high-profile arrests, rarely does a week go by without some sort of drama going down in the hip hop community. On VH1?s 40 Most Shocking Hip Hop Moments, which debuts this Sunday, September 18, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, we?ll count down the most mind blowing, controversial, stunning and horrific moments ever.

You’ll have to watch the show to guess the final order, but some of the things you can expect to see will range from the silly (like Gucci Mane?s triple scoop ice cream cone face tattoo and Nicki Minaj getting her booty slapped by Regis Philbin) to the serious (the murders of Biggie and Tupac, the latter of which occured 15 years ago this month). On VH1?s 40 Most Shocking Hip Hop Moments, we?ll revisit all the stories that caused people to either gasp or #SMH.

VH1′s 40 Most Shocking Hip Hop Moments is a two-hour special, which will immediately be followed by the television premiere of our latest Rock Doc, Planet Rock: The Story Of Hip Hop And The Crack Generation. It’s a night that hip hop fans won’t want to miss! To get a taste of what it will be like, follow along to watch comedian and familiar VH1 talking head Donnell Rawlings share his personal thoughts on what the most shocking thing about hip hop is.

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Remembering Tupac Shakur On The 15th Anniversary Of His Death

Fifteen years ago today, Tupac Shakur died as a result of bullet wounds he suffered after being shot in Las Vegas, NV following a boxing match at the MGM Grand six days prior. His murder, and that of the Notorious B.I.G. six months later, sent dual shockwaves through the hip-hop community. Yet while Diddy immediately set to work securing his friend’s musical legacy (helped by the fact that Biggie had completed a studio album just prior to his death), Tupac’s legacy, though it’s never been in question, has been comparatively uncertain and inconsistent (particularly in New York City).

Nevertheless, in 2011 a Tupac groundswell has served to highlight the late rapper’s talents and the extent of the loss suffered when he was killed. In 1996, lyricism was still the primary criterion for many rap fans’ judgments, and while Tupac never lacked for charisma, beat selection, or delivery, his verses weren’t always as memorable as those of, say, the Notorious B.I.G. After a decade and a half, though, things look different. Imagine the Notorious B.I.G. alive in 2011, and you might form a picture not dissimilar to Jay-Z?the rapper-as-businessman, and still on top. But try the same exercise with Tupac, and quickly the extent of the loss is made all too apparent. Like Aaliyah, who died five years later, Tupac was a multi-talented, charismatic performer, who seemed able to succeed at anything he worked to accomplish. We couldn’t begin to guess what he might be up to in 2011.

As for the year’s zeitgeist, which includes Rick Ross‘s hook on Meek Mill‘s “Tupac Back” and The Outlawz‘ claim (all but denied by Shakur’s mother) that they smoked Tupac’s ashes? Partly it’s just a confluence of news, but at least as much, it’s a belated recognition of the ways in which Tupac’s charisma and performance opened mainstream hip-hop up to a broader range of expression, even if within the hyper-masculine world of gangsta rap. (One could joke that Ross’s self-comparison to Tupac refers to their frequent shirtless appearances.) Tupac may not be back (and despite remained aliveconspiracy theorists’ evidence, he might not be alive) but his influence never left?even if it wasn’t always apparent.

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Last Lap: Monday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

Justin Timberlake’s Song About Not Singing Wins Music Emmy
Apparently the Emmy Awards want a new album from Justin Timberlake as much as we do, because they gave him (and co-writers Seth Myers, John Mulaney and Katreese Barnes) an emmy for Original Music and Lyrics for his opening monologue on the May 21 episode of Saturday Night Live (which also featured “3 Way (The Golden Rule),” also with Lady Gaga). [Emmy Awards]

Jim Carrey Is At That Stage Of His Career During Which He Does Unannounced Stand-Up Interspersed With Cover Songs
The noted fan of Cannibal Corpse turned up at Arlene’s Grocery in New York City on Friday night, and someone got good cameraphone footage of his covers of Radiohead (“Creep”), The Smashing Pumpkins (“Bullet With Butterfly Wings”), and The Bee Gees (“I Started A Joke”). What, no Foghat? [Gothamist]

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MTV Memories: How YO! MTV Raps First Made Hip Hop Mainstream

With MTV officially celebrating its 30th birthday today, music nostalgia is in the air. But for each music fan, the initial introduction to MTV’s music programming was unique and personal, and likely rouses up flashbulb memories to this very day. Speaking only for myself, that initiation process started with YO! MTV Raps.

After being on the air for almost seven years, MTV first aired YO! in April of 1988. While other television outlets like BET were showcasing African-American culture at the time, MTV, quite frankly, wasn’t really in the business of having black artists’ videos on the channel. And hip hop, specifically, was certainly not yet used as a vehicle of pop culture; if it wasn’t an indisputable, mainstream force like Michael Jackson, you probably wouldn’t see African-American artists on-air besides an occasional crossover video from Run DMC and Jazzy Jeff. Unless you witnessed hip hop music and culture bubbling within New York City’s five boroughs or other domestic regional pockets first hand (or watched Video Music Box), the genre probably hadn’t really made its way into your world yet.

From it’s inception, YO! MTV Raps curated an balance of hip hop via in-the-moment self-exploration. Since hosts Fab 5 Freddy, Doctor Dr? and Ed Lover didn’t have quite enough content to populate the show’s segments at first, videos from other genres like reggae, funk, R&B and soul were peppered-in to help hip hop’s still-developing definition expand its scope. From that fundamental, harmonious and educational coexistence came more of the same, and soon light-hearted videos like Digital Underground’s “Doowutchalike” and “Humpty Dance” were seamlessly airing beside Public Enemy’s political anthem “Fight The Power” and sonically dynamic “Passin’ Me By” from The Pharcyde, and the South’s sexually-charged posse 2 Live Crew were showcased just as much as funky artists from Queens like A Tribe Called Quest. Additionally, lyrically savvy Juice Crew member Big Daddy Kane would spin alongside the West Coast’s gangster juggernaut N.W.A., and strong female voices like Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Roxanne Shant?: all women who didn’t need to sell sex to survive.

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Last Lap: Wednesday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

Our Wednesday roundup is hip-hop heavy: a shocking assault-related confession, an in-depth profile of Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″‘s duo Bad Meets Evil, and an indie rock Kanye cover:

Betrayed Friend of Former Rap Mogul Jimmy Henchman Claims Responsibility For November 1994 Tupac Shooting
After receiving word that his former associate Jimmy Henchman had accused him of turning state’s witness on him, Dexter Isaac, currently serving life in prison, has confessed to accompanying the shooter of Tupac Shakur at Manhattan’s Quad Studios in 1994?the first act of gun violence in the East Coast-West Coast conflict that ultimately led to the deaths of both Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac. Isaac claims Jimmy Henchman paid him $2,500 for the hit. [AllHipHop]
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