BLOG: Old Heads Unite!

Thanks to Jackpot I was able to enjoy my favorite day of the year with a front row seat. Vh-1′s Hip-Hop Honors awards is like Christmas for a nigga like me. Old ass Hip-Hop heads who still do dances like the wop, the Fila, the Cabbage Patch, the Pee Wee Herman and the Cameo slide get one day a year to revel in the fact that we aren’t dead yet (R.I.P. Pimp C).

This year’s honorees and performers were some of my favorite groups from forever. De La Soul, Public Enemy, Ghostface, the Diplomats, Cypress fucking Hills. The list goes on and on. Tune in to Vh-1 Monday night at 10pm and imagine what it was like to be in the building for what was essentially the largest karaoke party evar. In another twenty years when some of you clowns are thirty five you will get all misty eyed too at the D4L reunion concert.

You remember the furor last year over Lupe Fiasco flubbing Phife’s verse? A few missteps happened at this performance too. You have to give Big Boi a pass for hiccuping during the Naughty By Nature tribute. Treach was possibly one of the most vocally dextrous spitters from any era. It certainly didn’t diminish his tribute to the group. Rappers are taxed so much more vocally than R & B singers because they use so many more words in their songs. Good rappers that is.

Hip-Hop Honors is about great rappers though. Even those that create using an economy of verbiage. Too Short isn’t long winded or polysyllabic. His favorite word is “beeeeeeyotch!” just like T-Pain uses “shawty”. Too Short changed rap music and proved that a hustler ethic was better at connecting with an audience than fucking with a major distributer. No one has ever duplicated Too Short’s movement either.

Of course I availed myself of all the free food and hooch my two hands could hold. That is prA’li why I don’t get invited to any of the after parties. Promoters don’t want the beast to scare away all the beautiful people. Just as well I suppose since I’m at my day job while y’all are reading this drop. You need to have all your faculties present when working the cashier position at 7-11. At least for one night I got to be fifteen again without all the hormonal angst.

As much fun as the show was, and the show was effing incredible I enjoyed myself the most just standing around in parking garage meeting and greeting some of my heroes from the past twenty years. Sometimes it’s just great to be a fan of Hip-Hop music. Tune in to the 2008 Hip-Hop Honors awards show on Vh-1 this Monday night and see what I mean.

2008 Vh-1 Hip-Hop Honors Aftershow Parking Garage Party ep.1

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  • Worley

    “Sometimes it’s just great to be a fan of Hip-Hop music.”

    Hip-Hop Honors never ceases to remind me of the fact. F*ck BET.

    • TonyStackz

      LOL HELL YEAH!!!

  • Headhunter Mika

    OH MAN……HIP HOP FO’ LIFE

  • these posts are racist

    Billy,

    Just curious, what is the generally accepted defnition or age group/year for: old head, new school, old school?

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    TPAR,
    I like the notion that new school and old school don’t really exist anyplace but in the speakers mind. It is relative to the speakers age. Some people consider Busta old school, but I refer to him as a Leader of the New School.

    Old heads are anyone in their thirties or anyone with two + kids no matter what they age is.

  • these posts are racist

    Billy,

    Agreed. I’m 29, and definitly view Busta as the Leader of the New School…

  • http://xxlmag.com jmill1224

    I can’t wait til Monday to watch the Honors. But Imma spend all weekend laughing at Yung Berg getting ho slapped by Maino. Nice story Billy

  • Bang

    Agreed. Its like True, Real assed Hip Hop lives through the past

  • DV8

    I LOVE HIPHOP!!!!!!!!!!

    Yall youngheads need to learn your history and respect it.

    Thank God Im old enough (28) to know the real.

  • El Tico Loco

    i think if you got seeds nephews you should have them listen to your older collection and have them compare the quality instead of complaining about the new stuff being garbage (which it is)but that’s what happens when you let the media raise your kids and any trace of individuality is gone because now they’re like sheep. in my day we would buy records because we thought they were hot and nobody else might have it. Now they but a record because the media say is hot and everybody else have it.

  • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

    damn, dallas. did you and fab 5 freddy have a little colt 45 before sliding off to the telly?

    i’m fuckin with you. good work as usual.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    *zing*

    Oh shit! Shots fired from Mexxo?!?

    Fuck it, at least someone left a fucking comment.

  • Pierzy

    Is it possible that Public Enemy is STILL underrated? I think so. They were so damn important to the entire culture…

  • geico lizard

    flava flav hurts public enemy anytime they try to get respect as a legendary group, flav does something stupid for money.

  • balaramesh

    this is ill. for real.

    man, i just found out that chuck d is on nelly’s weedplate brass knuckles- WTF