vh1-hhh.jpgIn conjunction with their annual Hip-Hop Honors Week celebration, VH1 has announced a Hip-Hop heavy lineup of original programming for the month of October. Kicking off the schedule on October 1 will be the debut episodes of the network’s new series, Bridging the Gap, in which an old school legend links up with an artist of today to produce an original track in one day. The first two episodes, which air at 11:00 p.m., will feature Queen Latifah working with Eve, and Snoop Dogg creating a track with The Game. Next up, on October 2 at 11:00 p.m. is Nick Cannon: Rags to Riches, which will follow the Wildn’ Out star back to his hometown of San Diego.

On October 3 at 8:30, VH1 will air the Rock Docs documentary Jay-Z, Fade to Black, which chronicles what was supposed to be Hov’s farewell concert at Madison Square Garden in 2003. Immediately after Fade to Black will be the world premier of Classic Albums: Jay-Z, which will take viewers through the creative process behind Jay’s seminal 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt. Finally on October 15, VH1 will premier two brand new reality shows. Airing at 10:00 p.m. is The Salt-N-Pepa Show, which will follow the two pioneering female MC’s as they attempt to reunite on and offstage. At 10:30, Gotti’s Way, the new reality show from Murder Inc. boss Irv Gotti will air for the first time.

This year’s Hip-Hop Honors special is set to air on Monday October 8 at 10:00 p.m. Honorees include A Tribe Called Quest, Snoop Dogg, WHODINI, Missy Elliott, the film Wild Style and Teddy Riley and Andre Harrell for New Jack Swing. Viewers can also visit hiphop.vh1.com for behind the scenes footage, honoree profiles and exclusive mobile content.