Live Breakdown of VH1’s Hip-Hop Honors Show (Video)
Although ten years ago VH1's programming was so white it made Dick Cheney look like Malcom X, the channel has someone reinvented itself as a hip-hop mecca with its VH1 Hip-Hop Honors show. This year they're running a salute to 25 years of Def Jam, the legendary label created by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin, and I sat down to watch the show with a minute by minute break down of all the night's important events. You know, like Foxy Brown's breasts. Enjoy.
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9:02 – Turned on the show a little late, but apparently the only thing I missed was a mediocre Tracy Morgan opening skit. Why do I have the feeling that’s going to be a common theme?
9:05 – Our first show of the night, and thank Jesus it’s The Roots. If you haven’t seen these guys live you should be ashamed. And oh s**t! Now Slim Shady’s out and ripping up the stage. If the whole show's anything like this it’s going to be an absolute beast.
Although it definitely paid the man's bills, nothing did more to turn Jazzy Jeff into a national joke than The Fresh Prince. After years of watching hang out with Carlton it's easy to forget that the man's legitimately one of the best DJs on the planet.
9:15 - Public Enemy is absolutely killing this set. Chuck D hasn’t lost a step. And with The Roots backing them up? This is a hip-hop dream. Although at this point watching Flava Flav be a serious artist is like watching Lindsay Lohan give a speech to the U.N. Security Council on nuclear non-proliferation.
On a side note, my girl just yelled at me to turn off the tea kettle. Not the first time someone’s listened to a Public Enemy record and thought that.
9:19 – How many times are we going to have to watch this Jay-Z Rhapsody commercial tonight? I’ve got the over/under at 12.
9:22 – How much marijuana does Rick Rubin smoke a day? An ounce? A pound? A bale? Also, Russell Simmons just dropped five f-bombs in under a minute. Well done Russell, well done.
9:24 – “We’re about to go to a place with wood grain gripping.” I’m assuming they don’t mean Boise. Nope, it’s a Def Jam South show with Luda and Scarface. Man, I know Scarface likes to rock a low hat, but this is insane – although if that’s what he needs to rhyme like this, he can pull that hat as low as he wants. Of course the booty dancers come flying out as soon as Luda hits the stage. Saw that one coming. Luda’s voice sounds a little raspy tonight – someone hasn’t been drinking his chamomile tea.
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