Hip Hop Honored

VH1 hosted their big Hip Hop Honors event in my hometown of Brooklyn last night, paying homage to the last 25 years of Def Jam. I had the pleasure of attending the show and I must say, being a big fan of the yearly ceremony I was happy to witness the festivities first hand, but I can’t wait to really enjoy it from the comfort of my own living room.

You see there are certain things you obviously want to witness in person, like Jay-Z’s 9-11 benefit concert. I was lucky enough to score some press passes for that and I must say that was one of the illest performances I have ever seen, but with these award-type shows (I know no one actually won an award, I just don’t know what else to call it) they are not really meant to be seen during the taping process. Besides the long boring breaks in between sets, a lot of the times the artists have to do more than one take to get it right and in this case, the way the venue was set up, the sound was not at all complimentary to the music.

At the same time, I’m sure when I catch the show on October 13, it will be a whole new experience. VH1 knows how to make TV, throwing a concert, now that’s another ball game.

But don’t get me wrong. The night had a lot of highlights. Here’s a rundown of some of my personal favorite moments:

-DMX rejuvenated and bouncing around the stage performing “Party Up (Up in Here)” as if he didn’t just spend the last chunk of his life behind bars,

- Trey Songz trying out his best baritone voice as he played Nate Dogg in Warren G’s smoothed out classic “Regulate”

- Scarface and Luda reuniting onstage as Facemob went through a killer rendition of “Guess Who’s Back” and Luda tore the house down with “Southern Hospitality”

- A huge medley of Def Jam hits performed by Kid Rock, Ghostface, EPMD, Wale channeling Kanye, and Fabolous doing his best Jay-Z alongside Foxy Brown, while DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Roots served as the back-up band.

While I wasn’t blown away by Eminem’s tribute to LL Cool J it was pretty bugged seeing him “Rock the Bells” with Black Thought and Jazzy Jeff. Plus watching Lyor Cohen, Russell Simmons and Chris Rock’s reactions to all the performances is always entertaining.

Question is what are you guys most amped about? –Jesse Gissen

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  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    The Def Jam medley sounds hot and I’m surprised that Em didn’t give LL justice. I don’t know…I know how big of a fan of L he is, so I would think he would rip it. I gotta see it…

    • RiZob

      So what did Ja Rule perform? did he do his own shit or some other shit…..The Mirror is the album of the year by the way…

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    i dont know. how could em really rip it if he was just spitting ll’s lyrics? em’s strongest aspect as an emcee is his cadence and lyricism, which would not be highlighted by his imitation of cool j.


    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

      What up thoreauly77?

      I understand what you’re saying. Perhaps I misspoke, but I meant that I thought he would bring energy and passion to the performance. I’ve seen many artists in many genres cover other artists’ songs and sometimes they fall flat but other times you can see the performer’s love of the original song come out.

      I see where you’re coming from though…

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    wow, it sure is frustrating to write a long, thoughtful response and not have it post. and you know the crappy part? this same thing has been happening for over three year, unfixed.

    anyhow, again, i will say this: i enjoy the tributes, but i would rather see the artists themselves, such as that big daddy kane performance a few years ago.

    and yes, i know its an “honors” show!

  • Worley

    Em imitating L? They should have got Nelly for the LL tribute. Dude tore it down a few years back.

    • DV8

      yeah they should of had Nelly do the LL tribute again.

  • abdulnasir

    Can’t wait to catch this one on the tube!


    what ghostface going do and scarface doing guess who’s back wooooooooooooooooo

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    Gonna Laugh my ass off when i do c Trey on tube tryna mimic Nate Dogg.