VH1 Hip Hop Honors Afterparty Brings Hip Hop Legends Together in NYC [Exclusive Coverage]
The annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors show added another page to its rap sheet last night. Legends Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Slick Rick, and Too Short were this year's honorees, and their legacies were given proper encomium. Taking place in New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, the event drew in hip hop elite from the West, Dirty South, Midwest, and just about every point in between.
DJBooth couldn't resist the urge to check the star-studded afterparty, a Lil' Jon and Ed Lover-hosted affair held to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, with Q-Tip manning the wheels of steel. Inside, industry heads, artists, and groupies alike mingled and danced while several accomplished chefs cooked up the finest Japanese and Italian cuisine. The VIP section teemed with generations of hip hop music creators. Bay Area pioneer Too Short in particular had a small pack of curvy females by his side at all times, and seemed to take a liking to the seared tuna with ginger and seaweed salad.
As Q-Tip blessed partygoers with all the classic sounds of the '90s, the open bar gave the enormous egos and big personalities in the building ample opportunity to loosen up. Kid Rock roamed the outdoor deck freely and was gracious enough to keep his hands to himself, maybe because Tommy Lee was nowhere to be found... Ghostface was in full force, decked out in a ghetto-fab robe and nostalgic gold jewelry, and the Wally Champ was happy to grant just about every fan's wish for a photo and a few seconds of Shaolin love. Hip hop may be notorious for it's petty beefs, but this night was a pure celebration of the culture and all things positive about the art form.
To the disappointment of all in attendance, however, the NYPD and fire marshals shut the party down around 1:30 AM. The firestorm then began on Manhattan's West 47th Street, as hundreds of disgruntled hip hoppers poured into the city street and "photogs," aspiring rappers, and would-be baby mamas had a field day with the celebrity buffet outside. Bodyguards kept a careful eye on their bosses as fleets of foreign automobiles pulled up curbside and whisked away artists, including a very sour-looking Biz Markie. Mos Def stood outside, looking bored and denying photo requests from even the most attractive females. All in all, though, one could hardly complain of the night's outcome; the VH1 Hip Hop Honors Afterparty was an unforgettable event that brought together major figures from all chapters of the genre's history to date.