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Check Yo Self Before U Wreck Yo Self! 15 Slang Terms You Should Be Embarrassed To Use

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People. It’s time to reassess our approach to life – after all – the New Year is almost here (I know, sounds totes cray, ryyght?) WHICH brings me to my next point. When one door opens, another door must close… or a mouth. What I mean is, we need to get our vocabularies in check. You might not realize this, but the slang terms you’ve been using  are dating you. Badly. (I’m lookin’ at you ’80s babies.) When we use words that have reached their expiration date, we not only risk vernacular food poisoning, but we put our “cool factor” at risk. And obvi, no one wants that. So please, have a seat, make yourself some Earl Grey and mosey through my comprehensive guide to 15 Slang Terms You Need To Retire.

It’s time guys. It’s time.

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Summer Jam Vs. Rock The Bells: Who Runs It? (POLL)

Hot 97 Summer Jam vs. Rock The Bells

Summer is fast approaching and we’re ready to bring on the BBQs, rooftop parties and most of all the concerts. What’s summer without indulging in live performances of the artists you love? Two of the biggest hip-hop concerts this summer, Summer Jam and Rock the Bells, have some acts lined up that are going to be bananas! Not that you’d go wrong attending either, but because they’re as different as night and day, we’ve broken down why one of these concerts rules as the must-see concert of the summer.

1.  The headliners tell you everything you need to know about a show.

One of the biggest names in hip-hop, Nicki Minaj, is headlining Summer Jam along with Rick Ross, Waka Flocka and Young Jeezy. As far as mainstream rap, Summer Jam has it covered. With Nicki you’ll get a bit of hip-pop, Waka will make everyone dance and Rick Ross and Jeezy offer the trap anthems to make even the most suburban girl get hype.

Where do we even begin with the headliners for Rock the Bells? Its very big name acts run the gamut of the likes of Nas, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Missy Elliott & Timbaland and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. It doesn’t get more versatile than Nas, one of hip-hop’s legends, and the fairly newbie Wiz Khalifa rocking the stage at the same festival. And Missy Elliott & Timbaland…together! That’s some epic 90s skeez right there. We’re singing, “Supa dupa fly, supa dupa fly” just thinking about it.

2. Whose lineup has the most artists hot in the streets right now? Read more…

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Free Naughty By Nature Track To Download

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!

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Behind The Scenes Of Hip Hop Honors: Treach Goes A Capella

There’s about 60 or so hours until the 2008 Hip Hop Honors show kicks off, but you?d think it was this afternoon by the looks of the stage at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Lit up like an arcade, it?s a truly worthy temple of hip-hop.

But the stage is icing ? a nicely wrapped present compared to the action going down on it. After a brief interlude, Naughty By Nature emerge from their 7th floor rehearsals to check out their upcoming performance spot. Sitting on the steps, posing for pictures in what will be their honorary thrones for the evening, Vin Rock and Treach look genuinely excited. As the group sits out on the balcony while some middle-aged production dude awkwardly dances and lip-syncs on stage during a run-through of the group?s hit ?O.P.P.?, you gotta wonder what?s going through their heads.

After a brief technical difficulty (Treach: ?This sh*t has to be hot so I can do the intro!?) the guys launch into ?Uptown Anthem,? the forever celebratory ?Hip Hop Hooray,? and then a sick version of an acapella, which we happen to have a little footage of above. We’ll be posting on the action from the show site all day Wednesday and Thursday. Come back for more news and video.

Check Naughty by Nature’s story, and watch their videos.

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

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Naughty By Nature To Drop New Album, Perform At Hip Hop Honors

On the heels of the news that Naughty By Nature will be honored by VH1 at this year’s Hip Hop Honors, the Jersey trio who specialize in getting asses out of seats have just announced they’re back in the studio to record another album, their first in six years. According to AllHipHop.com, Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee say the tentatively titled Anthem, Inc. (fitting, right?) has no set release date, but the group assures us we’ll be hearing tunes shortly. ?There?s no set date, but before this New Year comes in, you?re definitely gonna be hearing some exclusives, some appetizers to let them know we coming,? said Treach.

No need to wait until New Year’s — tune in on October 6th at 10 p.m. to watch Naughty perform.

Watch our Naughty by Nature Box Set, which contains loads of interviews and videos.

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From Cypress Hill to De La Soul, Hip Hop Honors 2008 Celebrates Old School Heroes

Roll through hip hop’s old school and you quickly get goosebumps: the array of innovative artists that helped establish the music is daunting. Our annual salute to the masters who gave rap its early achievements has become a great tradition. This year, VH1′s Hip Hop Honors is saluting five wildly creative acts, Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Slick Rick, and Too $hort. Each brought a wealth of ideas to the table, guiding the music to the next level.

The show is hosted by Tracy Morgan. It premieres on October 7 on VH1.

Watch videos by all the honorees!

Cypress Hill

“Hummin’, comin’ atcha…” B Real and his buds Sen Dog and DJ Muggs put asses in gear and had dudes glancing over their shoulders when they busted out of L.A. in 1991 with a wildly aggressive debut. They were weed-smoking bangers who loved all sorts of funk. Sometimes rapping in Spanglish, sometimes letting their anger dominate, and always explaining their frustrations, they made tracks like “How I Could Just Kill a Man” sound like chilling reports from the ‘hood.

Slick Rick

A Brit raised in the Bronx, Slick Rick had MCs all around him during his teenage years. He’d bang beats on the school desks and freestyle through the afternoons. The borough was rap’s Mesopotamia, of course, and superhero Doug E Fresh help Rick get a leg up. Almost instantly the party people were constantly shouting one of his improvised refrains. Hip-hop, most assuredly, would be a lesser place without “La Di Da Di.” Turns out the MC had compelling way with a narrative, too, and “Children’s Story, from 1988′s The Great Adventures of Slick Rick is one of rap’s masterpieces.

De La Soul

If everyone’s zigging, maybe it’s best to zag. De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising sounded like nothing hip-hop had heard before when the Long Island trio dropped it in 1989. Nothing. If rap had fashioned itself into a music that was perpetually hard, Trugoy the Dove, Posdnuos, and Pacemaster Mase came on like flower children. Indeed, with their iconoclastic debut declared hip-hop’s “daisy age” to be in full effect. Oddball samples, unusual flow, giddy subject matter – the guys brought a sense of frolic to the foreground, and it was utterly refreshing.

Naughty By Nature

They took a Jackson 5 sample, turned it inside out, layered some glib sex talk on top, and came up with one of hip hop’s catchiest tracks, 1991′s “O.P.P.” Three Jersey kids – Treach, Vinnie, and Kay Gee – knew how to make party music, no question. They came up under Queen Latifah, and in no time had New York bobbing its head to some dope beats. There was a tough side to the Naughty boys, but by the time they dropped “Hip Hop Hooray,” everyone knew they destined to celebrate, not intimidate.

Too $hort

“I met another girl/her name was Ann/all she wanted was to freak with a man/when i met Ann, I shook her hand/we ended up freaking by a garbage can.” Too $hort was just telling it like it was when stepped out of Oakland onto the national scene in 1987. He let everyone know he was born to mack, and his rhymes were filled with the action of dope fiends, sex freaks, and pimp problems. Radically stark, the music behind his performances was woozy and ominous. But something about it was addictive, and it remains so to this day.