FEATURE: Yo! Bum Rush the Show
Stage crashing seems to be the latest hip-hop trend. Earlier this summer, T-Pain waltzed into Jay-Z’s set as he was performing “D.O.A (Death of Auto-Tune)” during Hot 97’s Summer at Giants Stadium.
Last night’s MTV Video Music Awards featured not one, but two stage interruptions. First, Kanye West jumped onstage to object to Taylor Swift winning Best Female Video over Beyoncé’s “Sexy Ladies”—”one of the best videos of all-time” in Yeezy’s arrogant opinion. Lil Mama later joined in on the stage crashing when she hopped onstage as New York Giants, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys closed the show with their “Empire State of Mind” collaboration.
While crashing the stage can make for a memorable moment (ODB at the Grammys), it can also backfire and turn into unnecessary controversy (Kanye got booed last night and currently faces backlash). With last night’s bum rushes still fresh on the mind, XXL lists some of the best and worst stage crashing incidents in hip-hop history…the good, the bad and the ugly.
Back in 1992, Kris and his crew hijacked the stage, threw Prince Be off of it and proceeded to perform three Boogie Down Production songs during P.M. Dawn’s concert at New York’s Sound Factory. The Blastmaster was apparently pissed at Prince Be for saying, “KRS-One wants to be a teacher, but a teacher of what?” during an interview in Details magazine.
4. 50 Crashes Evanescence’s Grammy Acceptance Speech
After inexplicably losing Best New Artist to rock group Evanescence at the 2004 Grammy Awards, 50 Cent, wearing a facial expression that clearly said, “y’all know I should have won,” quickly walked on and off stage in response to being snubbed. [Watch Video]
3. 50 Cent and Diddy Crash Kanye West and T.I. Set
What initially started as a taunt turned into one of the most memorable moments in hip-hop history. With Kanye West and 50 Cent’s SoundScan battle nearing a fever pitch, the Queens MC crashed the stage and began doing victory laps and throwing up Roc-A-Fella diamond signs as Kanye performed “Can’t Tell Me Nothin” during the Madison Square Garden stop of the Scream ’07 Tour.
2. Kanye Storms Justice’s Acceptance Speech At MTV EMA
“This video cost a million dollars, fam. I had Pam Anderson. I’m jumping across canyons and shit. If I don’t win, the award show loses credibility. I appreciate it, fam. It’s nothing against you, I’ve never seen your video, but hell nah, man. I love y’all. Timbaland, man. The beats is hot!” NUFF SAID! [Watch Video]
1. ODB Says Wu-Tang Is For The Children
Being nominated wasn’t enough for Ol’ Dirty Bastard, especially since he bought a brand new suit specifically for the 1998 Grammy Awards. Moments after Wu-Tang Clan lost to Puff Daddy for Best Rap Album, ODB crashed an unrelated acceptance speech to drop a few jewels: “I don’t know how y’all see it, but when it comes to the children, Wu-Tang is for the children, we teach the children, you know what I mean? Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is the best. Okay? I want y’all to know that this is ODB and I love you all.” [Watch Video]
The Band and the Ugly…
4. Akon Tosses Fan Offstage
As if Akon wasn’t already in enough trouble after humping a 14-year-old onstage months earlier, the hookman extraordinaire invited a young fan onstage only to toss him off of it during a performance in Fishkill, NY back in 2007. The kid had allegedly thrown an object at Kon prior to the incident. He later plead guilty to harassment charges for the incident, paid a $350 fine and served 65 hours of community service.[Watch Video]
3. Lil Mama Ruins VMA Closer
The nerve of Lil Mama. Sure, she’s from New York, just like heavyweights Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, who closed last night’s MTV VMAs, but crashing Hov’s set was just in bad taste. [Watch Video] Though Hov subtly confronted Lil Mama by comparing her to T-Pain—who crashed Hov’s Summer Jam set, and later dismissed her with a light tap on the leg—the Brooklyn MC stayed glued onstage until the performance concluded with a B-Boy stance. FAIL!
2. Kanye Interrupts Taylor Swift’s First Moonman Speech
Kanye meant no harm, but he sure did some damage. The Louis Vuitton Don cut off Taylor Swift mid-speech to protest against the pop country singer winning Best Female Video over Beyoncé’s “Sexy Ladies.” The fact that Ye’s outburst came at the pristine Swift’s expense made the stunt that much worse. Yeezy was later asked to leave and was booed for the remainder of the evening whenever his name was mentioned.
1. Snoop And Crew Beat Up Fan
Caution! Crashing the stage rarely ends up well for fans. A man was stomped by Snoop’s entourage after hopping on stage as the Dogfather performed “Gin and Juice” in Seattle. The victim, Richard Monroe, filed a $22 million suit. Snoop was eventually cleared of all charges.