BLOG: Hip-Hop Honors…The Best Damn Award Show, Period

Don’t let the Hip-Hop Honors telecast fool you. The show usually doesn’t translate too well onto TV for some reason.

I usually hear a lot of folks trashing the show, but that’s because they weren’t there to see it live. Had they been front and center when Big Daddy Kane brought Scoob and Scrap out for their classic dance routine a few years back, they may just feel differently. Last night marked my fourth straight year at the honors and I will be there next year. It had a slow start, but now the show just keeps getting better. Sure, you get a bit mad when they don’t get the honorees right (did Missy deserve it?), but seeing your favorite groups honored (Tribe, De La for me) makes it all worthwhile. Plus, on the scene, you’re like a kid in a candy store. I can  see Kanye, give him and pound and keep it moving. But it’s an entirely different experience to meet cats you grew up on. My homie Jesus put it best when he said, “these dudes were like superheroes growing up.” I mean, I’m at the bar, turn around and see Pete Rock. I’m at the after party and walk right into Posdnous and Dave from De La. I had to let them know I bought every album from 3 Feet High and Rising to Grind Date. I had to let Treach know Naughty By Nature is the first cassette I ever owned. Anything before that I got from my older brother. What up Gary?

But I’m getting sidetracked here. Things got off to a slow start with Gym Class Heroes’ Travis McCoy, Fat Joe and Jim Jones honoring Cypress Hill. It was quite underwhelming. Perhaps because none of the performing artists were truly connected to Cypress. It just wasn’t a good fit. “Kill A Man” should have been a highlight, but Capo sluggishly delivered the lyrics and blanked at some points.

Call me biased, but the De La tribute was second to none last night. Q-Tip and Estelle kicked it off with “Saturdays,” followed by Public Enemy and Mos Def doing “Stakes Is High” (WOW!) and EPMD finishing things off with “Ego Trip.” De La then brought the house down with “Me, Myself And I” and “Buddy” featuring a Q-Tip appearance.

I was hoping to see Doug E. Fresh take part in the Rick The Ruler tribute, but I didn’t mind settling for  Ghostface spitting over Biz Markie’s beatbox for “La Di Da Di.” Always the show men, Bussa Bus and Spliff Starr effortlessly ran through “The Show.” Fab and Dana Dane made for an awkward pair, though.  Mc Ricky D then closed his set with “Children Story.” I wish he did a second song, though.

I unfortunately missed the Isaac Hayes tribute, but I hear Mos and Scarface did a good job. Too $hort followed up. I have great respect for Short Dog, but I never got into his music coming up, so I couldn’t appreciate it as much as the others. But by the looks of things, his fans enjoyed the segment. Lil Jon, Kid Rock and Bun B all took part in it.

Naughty’s set opened up with Juelz Santana nearly ruining the set. Dude was stuttering and tripping all over “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” Come to think of it, the Dips weren’t on point last night. The thing is, I didn’t expect them to be. Oh well! Big Boi saved the set with a flawless rendition of “O.P.P.” Treach, Vinnie and Kay Gee then closed out with two of their monstrous anthems, “Uptown Anthem” and “Hip Hop Hooray.”

I’m wondering who’s next. Will Gang Starr ever get honored? I think they’re deserving. What about Pete Rock & CL Smooth? Will they get their turn? Doug E. Fresh has yet to get his. The same goes for Dr. Dre. I initially thought they may run out of honorees, but artists like Eminem, Nelly and Ludacris are nearing their 10-year mark and surely they’ll be honored in the future. Some of these acts need to be honored soon, though. Like, are you gonna throw cats on stage when they’re 60? I mean, the Rolling Stones do it, but I’m sure some of these pioneers would rather get their turn sooner than later. Still, it’s a tricky program to pull off and VH1 does a good job. With the MTV and BET Awards slumping in the last few years, the Hip-Hop Honors have slid into the pole position. It’s now the best damn award show, period. Tune in to see it for yourself this coming Monday. But take it for me. If you can, go the actual taping next year. You won’t regret it. –Jackpot

  • Arcey

    you damn right about Gang Starr! as for Pete Rock & CL Smooth they should be honored too but they only put out 2 LP’s & 1 EP (All Classics) and it’s really PR who kept adding on to their legacy, IMO. they should honor Jay-Z, Nas, Outkast, Scarface & Geto Boys, UGK, NWA, Luther Campbell & 2 Live Crew, E-40 – that’s all I see for now

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  • Jon Dog

    Does anybody know if Naughty is working on a new album? I heard them on Shade 45 a few months back, and they said they were, but that’s the last I heard.

  • Headhunta Mika

    Gangstarr def need to be honoured. And it better be soon……

  • Worley

    They gotta give it up to Guru and Premier. Those two made some of the best hip-hop to date. Legions of rappers and their tinkerbell producers can’t duplicate what they did.

  • http://1290wmcs.com “The Party Killa”

    F**K Dat….Where the Hell is EPMD at….They better be there next YEAR STRAIGHT UP!! & Im not even from Long Island, Im from Milw!!

  • Keco145

    BET stay losing…how does vh1 have the best hiphop based shows and bet that created rap city cant even put a decent awards show together…wtFFF! lol

  • LEO

    IT WAS BEING SHOT ONE BLOCK AWAY FROM WHERE I WORK AT…COULDNT SEE ANYBODY THOUGH CAUSE I HAD TO STAY IN THE OFFICE LATE…ITS A GOOD LOOK THO…GOOD STUFF..CANT WAIT TO CATCH THE SHOW…THEY’RE ACTUALLY DOING 100 BEST HIP-HOP SONGS ON VH1…DIDNT AGREE WIT MANY OF THEM BUT WATEVA…STILL A GOOD LOOK FOR HIP-HOP CULTURE…UNO

  • Lowedwn

    Damn, i wish i was there that shit sounded clasic.

    Yo Jackpot, I think you just gave VH1 the line-up for next year, GangStarr, Doug E., The Meecca & The Soul Brother and Dr. Dre?…..Ill

  • http://www.prettypancakes.com amar

    i think it’s too early to honour ppl like eminem at their ten year mark…

    not saying they should give them the rolling stones treatment, but making sure a dude is older and wiser in age (at least 40ish) and for sure is finished with rapping, means several things

    1. their entire body of work can be continued
    2. older/wiser=appreciate it more
    3. leaves their career on one last high note rather than “oh in between this album and this album, he received this honour”, it’s “his career was celebrated with the receipt of a vh1 honours”

    ie let jay-z and eminem come in and outta retirement, do their productions, do their featured apeprances etc. etc. etc. and when they decide they’re done, honour them

    as for nelly…WHAT?

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  • http://www.prettypancakes.com amar

    sorry, #1 was supposed to be “can be celebrated” not “continued”…

  • DV8

    Outkast, Geto Boys, Masta Ace, and Nas should be next. Have they done Rakim already? how about MC Lyte? I guess The Roots wont get honored because they the only ones who play actual instruments. Black Moon would be cool to. They should switch the format and just go by year every year starting from 20 years ago and take it from there acknowledging everything that made noise that year in hiphop. That would help teach these kids some history and what real hiphop is.

  • Queens Boy

    HEY IM NEW TO THE HIP HOP HONORS THING SO I WANNA ASK? HAVE THEY HONORED WU TANG YET?CAUSE THEY REACHING THE 20 YEAR MARK WITH THE 36 CHAMBERS ALBUM HOW ABOUT MOBB DEEP MAN? OR DJ QUIK OR BETTER YET ERIC B AND RAKIM???!!!!!! AND TO THE PERSON WHO DISSED NELLY IN THE COMMENT ABOVE, CO-SIGN!

  • El Tico Loco

    epmd, gangstarr, wu tang (that could be one show), n.w.a., rakim, Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith would really boost ratings, have they done whodini, run dmc, and fatboys yet? that’s the original fresh fest line up

  • the fedz

    they should honor Mac Dre, not that everyone elses suggestions ain’t nice.

  • Jriggs

    Yeah, Naughty is working on a new album by the way. It should be out the first quarter of next year. Be on the lookout for it!! All 3 members will be back for that one!

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    Nigga this is some bullshit. First of all, the only way to enjoy the show is to go and sit front and center? Well, maybe that’s easy to come by for you magazine industry types, but shit like that aint for 99% of hip hop fans. It aint a tour that I cop tickets to, it’s a once ina lifetime show.

    That sounds like a terrible lineup for the Cypress Hill tribute. None of those dudes can match how crazy Cypress Hill can get on stage.

    And every year when people are talking about this, I keep asking; WHY HASN”T DRE BEEN HONORED???? It makes no sense whatsoever. Ice Cube, NWA, Easy-E, and Snoop Dogg have all been honored. How can Dre not get it? And yes, Missy was a mistake.

    And Gangstarr deserves it as much as anyone, but VH1 wouldn’t even put a single one of their songs on the top 100 Hip Hop songs list so I have my doubts.

    And how can you suggest Nelly, Luda, and Eminem when they still aint do Jay, Nas, or Outkast?

  • jojo

    I have had midterms up the ass lately, but im glad i got to see the show tonight…Days like this take me back to memory lane.

    I forgot all about Naughty, and suddenly i started remembering my cassettes from back in the day as a kid>>>Kriss Kross, Paperboy, TLC, Boyz II Men, Heavy D and of course my cousins collection of NWA, Ice T, Eazy, Ice Cube and Tim Dawg’s Penicillin on wax(dont ask my why, I dont know either)

    All in all, the show turned out much better than last years (really wish Doug E and outkast performed with the Ruler), and it was nice to see Scarface and EPMD after all these years…Can’t wait til Das FX, Redman, and Murray come out next year for EPMD

    • Anti-mainstream

      Ain’t nothing wrong with having Tim Dog in your collection. Penicillin on wax was a highly underrated album, and he was a dope-ass rapper back in the day. He dissed every WACK emcee to come down the pike back in the day, like Kwame, Hammer, Kid N Play (though I don’t think they were that bad!) With all this wack shit out today he’s def someone I’d want to see rise from the dead!!!!

  • balaramesh

    finally, a real hip hop awards.

  • Manny78d

    yall know rick ross admitted to being a CO… check out keepittrill.com. Im posting this everywhere b/c the news has been lame as fuck lately on all three of the main hip hop sites

  • http://xxlmag.com Ben

    Too Short deserved the whole show, anyways, it was wack from what I saw.

  • Re-yo

    EPMD next year OR ELSE

  • SouthCakC23

    You can kill this noise right now

    “Eminem, Nelly and Ludacris”

    They got a LOOOOOOOOONG way to go before they deserve to be honored. You got Scarface and the Geto Boys, UGK, Goodie Mob, OUTKAST! Outkast and UGK need to be in there BEFORE Nas, or Jay-z. You got guys that were platinum GROUND BRAKING artists before Nelly, Eminem, and Luda ever started. Those 3 can’t look to be inducted til at LEAST after 2015.

    Eminem needs to up his catalogue before ANYONE starts throwin his name around. His ass doesn’t even have HALF as many label released ablums as Haystak. Eminem better have a miracle happen in his career if he expects to be put in the Hip Hop Honors discussion. 3

  • Enlightened

    They made Short Dog’s set look bad. Like you said, you weren’t a fan but they could have picked wayyy better Short songs than they did.
    Then Erick Sermon was there! Why didn’t they have Sermon and Short do their ’96 song that was the first big East/West collaboration at that time.
    Speaking of Erick Sermon, the Hip-Hip Honors are enjoyable but they almost lost all credibility by not honoring EPMD. WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?
    Wu-Tang, Naughty By Nature, Cypress Hill, and almost every other group they’ve honored have been cool but before EPMD? HELL NAW?
    Keep that shit in order baby!

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