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

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

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

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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Also, download Def Jam ringtones now!

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Hip Hop Honors Interview: Ja Rule

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

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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Tracy Morgan Is Scoopy Giles

Did you know that there was a person integral to the foundation of Def Jam, who wasn’t part of the elite group of the label’s bosses saluted at this year’s Hip Hop Honors (premiering Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c)? Well, there wasn’t, but that’s not going to keep HHH host Tracy Morgan from pretending that there was anyway. In the clip above, he plays Scoopy Giles, the “fifth Beatle or the sixth Jackson or the invisible fourth Tony! Toni! Ton?! also named Tony” to Def Jam’s legacy. He’s interviewed by Nancy Grace, who it turns out, is an actual real person.

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Hip Hop Honors 2009 – On The Red Carpet

As posted earlier, Hip Hop Honors 2009 taped last night (it premieres on air Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c), but the action wasn’t just on stage. Check out what went down on the red carpet in the news clip above (be sure to catch DMX’s freestyle) and peep some shots from that red carpet, as well as the pre-party and after-party in the gallery below.

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Hip Hop Honors 2009 Peformance Shots

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As an appetizer for VH1′s broadcast of Hip Hop Honors 2009 (premiering Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c), check out some shots from the show, which taped last night at Brooklyn’s BAM. We attended, and the most amazing thing about the show was the level of respect commanded by veteran acts like Public Enemy, EPMD, DMX and Onyx. Hip-h0p is often fairly criticized for inviting ageism, for tossing aside artists after an album or two in favor of something younger. There was no such prejudice on display last night, as the rapturous audience delievered standing O after standing O, bumrushing the sound as though Chuck D made it only a year ago.

By the way…

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…best picture ever? Y/y?

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[All images via Getty]

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