As always, this year’s VH1 Hip Hop Honors is causing plenty of controversy. Dedicated to the entire Dirty South, many of the region’s rap pioneers have publicly spoken out against the show including Scarface, Uncle Luke and Tony Draper. Meanwhile, XXLMag.com recently spoke to David Banner about his feelings on the event and the Mississippi rapper had absolutely no problems with the annual affair.
Banner, who will be hosting a segment at the ceremony, said like any of these types of shows, it’s hard to please everybody. “Anytime you have something like that your always gonna miss somebody,” he said. “These are people that don’t get the credit that they can. No matter what we did or do we will never get everybody that had a part of something. I’m just happy that they’re taking the time to honor those people. “
“And you know, maybe the next go around we’ll get the next group of people,” he continued. “You know Hip Hop Honors they honor somebody different every year. And maybe next year they’ll realize, ’cause people will make enough noise about who they feel like should be honored.”
Banner feels that if people keep on complaining they’ll stop having doing the show. “’What’s gonna happen is we’re gonna keep bitchin’ and moanin’ ’til they ain’t gonna do shit for us. “
As previously reported, VH1 will be acknowledging the work of Jermaine Dupri, J Prince of Rap-A-Lot Records, Master P, Organized Noize, Luther “Luke” Campbell and 2 Live Crew at this year’s ceremony. The event will be taped at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom and is set to air on Monday, June 7 at 9 p.m. EST. —Jesse Gissen