Saturday Night

The wife and I were feelin’ kinda sporty (The Yanks had just gotten put to pasture. Sorry Warren S—my CEO must be vexed) so we headed over to the Hammerstein Ballroom to peep the taping of this year’s VH1′s Hip-Hop Honors. They tape the shit way before you boobs see it on the boob tube. Although I can’t really give you all the details and spoiler sa prizes (I got a show coming in Jan, White Rap, nigga and I ain’t fuckin’ it up), I will say the show had a lot of hip-hop official-nados on stage and in the 1st Mezzanine where I was perched up at. So peep the following list of close encounters at a rap awards show taping. There’s a reason I don’t like to leave the house.

Saw a screw-faced Hurricane (from Run-DMC/Beastie Boys) fame and some of his, I assume Hollis crew homies, having a little problem moving to and fro without the proper credentials. Dude looked like he kicked plenty ass back in the day.

Legendary publicist/rap historian/good friend Bill Adler introduced me to a quiet dark-skinded brother. “Hey Elliott, I’m Larry Smith.” “The King of The Beats,” I excitedly shot back. Unfortunately, we lost our chance to build when one of Hurricane’s drunk homies bumrushed our show.

Just when the missus and me got our standing room only location secured, here comes Big Boi from OutKast and his industry team commandeering our little table. Now everyone knows I’ve written some things and so have many on the XXL staff (blogger bums included) that were extremely negative towards OutKast this past year. I mean my first entry was about them throwing in the towel. I assume Boi remembered who I was but I will say he kept it real some Southern Gentlemen-ly with me. We made brief awkward small talk and kept it moving. Left the unspoken unspoken. Besides, fisticuffs of any sort at an old-school awards show sounds a tad bit uncivilized.

Speaking of which, I spent most of my night with my eyes peeled on rap’s biggest troublemaker since 50 was lyrically juxing niggas, BK’s Maino. With Lil Kim as the main performer for the MC Lyte tribute (oops you didn’t hear it from me), Mr. Left Hook and his crew had full access to my little area. Thankfully duke didn’t find anyone who owed him money or who he wanted to punch in the face, but he did manage to come up on one of the night’s prized possession: a stool to sit your caboose on. A yellow nigga’s legs were kinda tired. These tapings drag on like Drag-On’s career.

Saw Grandmaster Flash making the rounds. The Puerto-Rican-lookin’ nigga from Sugar Hill on my way to take a piss. Lyor Cohen keeping a low pro. Kevin “Honey I Shrunk” Liles. And finally, the piece de resistance: Big Daddy Kane.

You see, it was the Asiatic One who stole the show last year that inspired us to come out this year. He popped up in a tacky, cheap-looking gray suit but made up for it because his date had quite a fatty in the back of that red dress. I didn’t say what’s up, but Kane was by my side like Jadakiss through most of the performances. He seemed noticeably stone-faced through the Rakim tribute though. Guess old rivalries die hard. Word to daddy, indeed.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    who what a dry read

  • thoreauly77

    no mention of the wu?

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    who did they fight with

  • Enlightened

    Does anybody else besides me think it’s bogus as hell that they honored the WU this early?
    Hell, what about EPMD? Whodini? Shit, NWA?
    I’m sure they can’t even like it. They’re trying to maintain their relevance and credibility and a show like this kind of undermines that. Makes them look old school when really they’re not.

  • Harlem G

    fuck da dumb shit that Idlewild soundtrack is FIRE!

  • http://www.myspace.com/16kingz thebestout!!

    WU-TANG! WU-TANG!
    WU-TANG! WU-TANG!
    WU-TANG! WU-TANG!
    WU-TANG! WU-TANG!
    WU-TANG! WU-TANG!
    WU-TANG! WU-TANG!
    WU-TANG! WU-TANG!
    WU-TANG! WU-TANG!
    WU-TANG! WU-TANG!
    HAS NO PLACE GETTIN A GODDAMN THANG AT THIS AWARD SHOW NOT TAKIN AWAY FROM THIER GREATNESS BUT JUS NOT HERE WAIT 2012 OR SUNIN’!

    WU-TANG! WU-TANG!

  • http://rodneydugue.blogspot.com RD

    YN, I see the wifey did that feature on Diddy at Vibe. Yall got this game on a marital lock lol. Keep grindin

    RD

  • http://www.unkut.com Robbie

    “Guess old rivalries die hard”

    Maybe he was worried that the God was gonna drop a verse a from the never-released “Break The Wrath In Half”?

  • Sushi K

    Dam, my two biggest disappointments in hip hop:

    1) Big Daddy Kane not making records anymore.

    2) Big Daddy Kane’s career dying in a string of watered down R&B bullshit.

    It’s so not how it should have happened, and everytime you hear him “guesting” on someone’s record he always walks away with the crown and on OOHH SHIT!!

    When BDK spits the real = GOAT

  • Belize

    Do you really this YN gives a fuck about Wu-Tang????

    This nucca would sell his baby’s dick for magazine sales!

  • e

    I spent most of my night with my eyes peeled on rap’s biggest troublemaker since 50
    ^^^^^^
    NO Lil’ Wayne & Birdman

    Maino is a gully dude but an average rapper

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    VH1 Soul replayed last year’s show last night. Turned it on to see Kane warm it up. quality.