VH1 is adding some new school flavor to their annual Hip-Hop Honors show this year. The fourth edition in the series will premier on Monday, October 8 and will be hosted by comedian Tracy Morgan. This year’s honorees include Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot, Whodini, Wild Style’s 25th Anniversary and Teddy Riley and Andre Harrell for New Jack Swing. This year’s edition is being billed as a celebration of players “who broke new ground and pioneered the genre into a true cultural phenomenon.” VH1 Hip-Hop Honors will be taped at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Thursday, October 4.
In addition, VH1.com is launching a new contest called “The Score.” The contest is an online search to find the best upcoming hip-hop producer. VH1 will give one lucky producer the chance to create the official score to this year’s Hip-Hop Honors. Producers can upload their 60-second beats to http://hiphop.vh1.com from July 23 to August 20. Three finalists will be selected and then the viewers will decide, through online voting, who is the grand prizewinner.