A Tribe Called Quest Reunion Steals the Show At VH1’s Hip-Hop Honors

tribe.jpgLast night (October 4) at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom, VH1 paid tribute to various hip-hop legends in the taping of their annual Hip-Hop Honors, which will air this coming Monday, October 8, at 10 p.m. on the music network. Closing the show was an all-star tribute to Queens legends A Tribe Called Quest, featuring Common, Pharrell, Lupe Fiasco and Busta Rhymes (clad in a Leaders of the New School-era fluorescent pink and green jacket and hat) all performing classics from the group’s catalog. Kanye West was also scheduled to appear, but was a no-show. The night was capped with Q-Tip, Phife and Ali Shaheed Muhammad all taking the stage (with extended family Jarobi and Consequence) to perform “Check The Rime” and “Award Tour.”

The fusion of R&B and hip-hop was also a focal point of the evening, with a tribute to Teddy Riley, Uptown Records and New Jack Swing featuring T-Pain, Ne-Yo, Kool Moe Dee, Keyshia Cole and Riley himself. Whodini’s melodic hip-hop mix was also recognized in a tribute that featured Jermaine Dupri (who got his start as a dancer for the group) performing and even briefly breakdancing. KRS-One, Busy Bee and Grandmaster Caz also appeared to bring it even further back in a tribute to the classic film Wild Style.
The night’s other two tributes, to Snoop Dogg and Missy Elliott, brought out more star power. The tribute to Missy (the night’s only honoree who did not also take the stage during her tribute) was highlighted by Eve and Keyshia Cole performing “Hot Boyz.” Snoop’s tribute drew cheers at several points, notably when T.I. and B.G. performed “Deep Cover,”Ice-T performed “Gin N Juice” and when Snoop himself took the stage with Bow Wow to perform “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?”

  • these posts are racist

    Didn’t Byron predict that Lupe would be irrelevant to hip hop in no time?

    Byron, you were wrong, Lupe is going to be a legend in this rap game.

  • http://wmdeez.wordpress.com nation

    >> The night was capped with Q-Tip, Phife and Ali Shaheed Muhammad all taking the stage (with extended family Jarobi and Consequence) to perform “Check The Rime” and “Award Tour.”

    wow

  • 1st Down

    Wasn’t lupe the one who said he’d never heard midnight mauraders before? Seems kind of like a hypocrite to say then then go and do a tribute to them.

    Anyways, tribe is the best hip hop group of all time (yep, better than outkast, sorry south). Good to see them getting some love.

  • Reemycks!

    Tribe was the shit! But better than OUTKAST?!? Ur smoking crack fam. Unless ur on Dilla’s nuts them albums are as bland a a sandwhich with no meat and no no mayo.

  • Detroit P

    @1st Down

    Dude said he never heard Midnight Marauders..he didnt say Tribe Called Quest sucks, and he may have heard other stuff from them or went back and listened to Midnight Marauders afterward…either way thats not being a hypocrite

  • BklynBandette

    That Show Was Off The Meter. My Head Is STILL Bangin’!

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    Cant wait to watch it…. Suckah Niggaz….

  • stoneyisland

    Is the show on youtube yet??? send me the link

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  • Durty

    Listen to any Tribe album and just…..I coudn’t drop dimes cuz you couldn’t relate, you couldn’t relate

  • datphillydude

    why are acting as if its a shocker????most rappers & r&b performers have never taken the time to go into an artists back catalogue…thats why they get samples and hooks from past songs and they get played like its all NEW SHIT!!! next time you see a new jack trying to spit..”ask them if they know who SCOTT LA ROCK,JUST-ICE,DANA DANE is they are gonna give you that NIGGA WHO THE FUCK ARE THEY????

  • Tribe

    Tribe best of all time?

    Ever heard of Run-Dmc, Public Enemy, Eric b and Rakim. Tribe ain’t the best by a long shot

  • kisha

    what is wrong with phife? my heart sunk when i saw him.

  • http://xxlmag.com HIP HOP IS TOO COMMERCIAL!

    I’ve not seen VH1′s 4th Annual Hip Hop Honors as of yet, it should be good as it always has been in the last 3 years, but I was very, very disappointed that VH1 decided to honor acts like Whodini, Missy Elliott, and New Jack Swing founders Teddy Riley and Andre Harrell before acts like Dr. Dre, DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, EPMD, and Queen Latifah who have more longevity in hip hop and who did more for the music and culture than those who were honored this year…

    New Jack Swing is R’n'B and not hip hop so I don’t understand why it was honored and Missy Elliott has only been rapping for over a decade and she is not a legend like Dre, Latifah and the others I have already mentioned.

    Every year VH1 honors people who are OK but not legends and they never truly honor and recognise the people like Dr. Dre, Queen Latifah, Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince, EPMD, Naughty By Nature etc who made a significant contribution to the music, culture and art form that is ‘hip hop’ and that truly deserve the respect for their commitments to hip hop!

  • HIP HOP IS TOO COMMERCIAL

    I’ve not seen VH1′s 4th Annual Hip Hop Honors as of yet, it should be good as it always has been in the last 3 years, but I was very, very disappointed that VH1 decided to honor acts like Whodini, Missy Elliott, and New Jack Swing founders Teddy Riley and Andre Harrell before acts like Dr. Dre, DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, EPMD, and Queen Latifah who have more longevity in hip hop and who did more for the music and culture than those who were honored this year…

    New Jack Swing is R’n'B and not hip hop so I don’t understand why it was honored and Missy Elliott has only been rapping for over a decade and she is not a legend like Dre, Latifah and the others I have already mentioned.

    Every year VH1 honors people who are OK but not legends and they never truly honor and recognise the people like Dr. Dre, Queen Latifah, Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince, EPMD, Naughty By Nature etc who made a significant contribution to the music, culture and art form that is ‘hip hop’ and that truly deserve the respect for their commitments to hip hop!

  • Twon

    Phife has diabetes and has been going thru treatments for about 5 yrs now…the current treatment he’s on has caused him to lose a lot of weight..thats why he looks the way he does now..i believe once the treatments are over he can begin to pick some of the weight back up