The Roots, Common, Da Brat and more joined the honorees at this year's show.

October 19, 2006
by Serena Kim

Though my time is now over, I have to say I had a great time blogging for VH1 Hip Hop Honors. It was so neat to read everyone's comments and feel the excitement building for the big event, which was just as dope as I hoped it would be.

I'm sure the powers that be have been reading your comments asking for certain legends to be honored and all that will be considered carefully for coming years. In the meantime, let's keep dialoguing in our communities about how to keep this great art form alive and thriving. I mean, really look at the political, economic, and sociological circumstances that nourish hip hop. Ya dig...

As for me, I'm going to go back to being a freelance rap music critic for the Washington Post and the LA Times and whoever else gives a rat's ass about my opinions.

Peace and one love!

Everybody loves to say how much they love Bill Clinton, how he's the first black president and so on and so forth. But I learned something about him last night (on Bill Moyers) that might explain why he is inadvertently responsible for the decline of hip hop. Check it out. In 1996, Congress passed a bill that allowed huge record conglomerations like Clear Channel to own several radio stations in any given market, thereby killing local radio stations and beloved hip hop mixshows like the Stretch and Bobbito show and stuff like that. Bill Clinton signed this bill into LAW.

Have you ever noticed how in 1997, hip hop got a whole lot worse? With Puffy and the shiny suits and the same records over and over again. Hip hop went from fun and creative to serious and blinged out and materialistic. It's because this country went from having thriving regional radio stations that reflected an area's heart and soul, to the same syndicated playlists stretching from New York to LA and all the regions in between.

So that's why I say that Bill Clinton killed hip hop.

And then you have Ronald Reagan who made things so miserable in the South Bronx, that it actually gave birth to hip hop culture. Go figure...

October 18, 2006
by Serena Kim

Erykahbadu Your man Tom Breihan, the Village Voice blogger, got wicked with the VH1 Hip Hop Honors breakdown. Very funny observations! He did the same thing last year about the MTV Awards with hilarious results. It's like that y'all!

by Serena Kim

Wutang Apparently, during the taping of Hip Hop Honors, there was a little scuffle between Shaolin's Finest and event security. I understand that security is just trying to do their jobs and maintain the peace, but sometimes, it seems like they are just flexing their power for the hell of it.

by Serena Kim

Diddy_backstage The Hip Hop Honors were definitely worth the wait. The performances were live, the clothes were great, the old Hammerstein looked all gussied up, and the vibe permeating the air was full of warmth and respect. But you know, I gotta ask my little questions:

1. Why did it seem like Tracy Morgan was actually dissing the Beastie Boys instead of giving them props in his introduction?
2. Who knew Regina King had so much flavor still?
3. Why were the last two finalists for Freestyle 59 so morose?
4. Where the hell was Ghostface Killah?
5. Why was Wu Tang's tribute so short?
6. What sense does it make for Rakim to be wearing a DC shoes fitted cap in his interview?
7. Didn't Raekwon and Ice Cube look like they were separated at birth sitting next to each other?
8. Why oh why Dub C?
9. Wasn't seeing Diddy, Q-Tip, and Fabolous dressed up as the Beastie Boys eerily satisfying?
10. Like that's how the Beastie Boys should've looked all along?
11. Why didn't the Game also pay tribute to Eazy-E when he was one of the most vocal admirers and quite possibly responsible for the recent resurgence in his popularity?
12. Was the crazy member of Bone Thugs there?
13. Didn't it seem like Q-tip wanted to wear those old school glasses frames all the time from here on out as part of his look?
14. Isn't Kid Capri the greatest DJ who ever lived?
15. Couldn't Mixmaster Mike learn a thing or two from Capri? Not that Mike isn't great, but turntablism never rocks a party.
16. Didn't Lil Kim look like an adorable Oompa Loompa in her Sergio Tacchini suit?
17. Is MC Lyte really the greatest female emcee ever?
18. What about Yoyo?
19. Why was Black Thought called in for so many performances?
20. Wasn't Lil Eazy the spitting image of his father?
21. Why was Method Man menacing Ice-T with that weird bump towards the end?

October 17, 2006

Yes, yes, y'all. We’ve been feeding you little snippets of some great show performances for the last few days. Driving you crazy, right? But if you roll through VSPOT now, you can get the full hit. There's Diddy and crew tipping the hat to the Beasties, Talib Kweli, Styles P, and Jadakiss putting the mics in the air on the stone classic "Paid in Full" and "Eric B For President," Rakim himself floating some rhymes from "Microphone Fiend," Cube kicking it for South Central with a full run through "Steal the Show," Fat Joe, George Clinton, and Erykah Badu spreading Bam’s message around the world ("What's the name of this nation?/Zulu, Zulu!), and the ever-lovin' Wu working their way through "Triumph." Watch 'em any time you want; watch ‘em over and over again. Let a pal know they're finally up.

Here's where to start:

It was a battle alright.



has great skills, and he impressed a lot of voters. But when the tally came down, there were no hanging chads for our boy Storm. Everything was pretty damn clear: The ferocious flow of the dirty South carried the day. “I’m from Atlanta/where the dogs bite as hard as they bark,” he explained in his f’style clip, and when not giving props to mom and dad (“my parents’ wisdom embedded in the cerebellum”) he had time to kick some old fashioned wordplay, turning “a magillacutty into Silly Putty” just for the hell of it. Hats off, Storm. Bet we hear more from our 06 winner, because like he says, “I did it and done it/I’m one of the best.” 

Check out his winning freestyle!

Whenever people talk about old school, what immediately comes to mind is New York. People reminisce about the Beastie Boys, Funky 4 + 1, Run-DMC, Melle Mel, and Afrika Bambaataa. And this is right and true; after all, hip hop was born in New York. But I can't help but feel like the old school of other regions is so often forgotten.

My old school was watching breakdancing battles in the back parking garages of our slummy apartment buildings. The songs coming from the boombox were by L.A. Dream Team and Herbie Hancock's "Rockit." We called freestyle music, "high energy," stuff like the Cover Girls, Stevie B, and Debbie Deb. Every 6th grade boy memorized N.W.A. lyrics, and terrorized us girls with them. Ninth grade parties, we wopped to J.J. Fad's "Supersonic." The next year, I convinced one 10th grader to make a cassette dub of Tone Loc's Loced After Dark. Now he's my husband! We bumped King Tee, the Pharcyde, and the D.O.C. from our cars as soon as we got our driver's permits.

So obviously I'm really glad that we are honoring Ice Cube and Eazy-E tonight. People can say what they will about Eazy's mic skills, but his role was in some ways larger than that. He was an entrepreneurial visionary, like our Russell Simmons, who helped establish West Coast as a hip hop region with Ruthless Records. And Ice Cube was a key figure in American history, not just music history. He was at the center of the Korean/ Black beef; he foretold the L.A. Riots, and he helped broker peace thereafter. He's always been clearsighted about hypocritical politics and our volatile race relations here in L.A. If it weren't for N.W.A., there would be no West Coast g-rap, there'd be no E-40, and quite honestly, there wouldn't be the whole East Coast response to N.W.A, like Kool G. Rap and Schoolly D.

I'd like to know about your old school memories from whatever region you hail from, but especially the South, the Southwest, the West, and if you're out there, the Northwest, too! Holla!

by Serena Kim

Fabolous Where is KRS-One and BDP when you need them? It seems like the shoot 'em up gun talk of hip hop remains a nightmarish reality, especially for Fabolous, who was first shot by an unidentified gunman, then arrested for weapons possession, and then finally taken to the hospital. Can you imagine how excruciating that was? Waiting for the cop to process your papers while blood is spouting from your thigh? Yuck! I shudder to think what that must've been like. All this while we were sleeping in our cozy beds this morning, wondering what Hip Hop Honors was gonna be like tonight. Oh, and Fab's gonna be in that, too! Dressed up old school style from what I could see from the flicks.

Lil_kim Today's the big day! Hip Hop Honors airs tonight at 9PM. You can finally see the real Rakim and Lil Kim footage, not on a tiny, grainy YouTube clip but in full color on your own TV set. Isn't that a beautiful thing? I could hardly sleep last night, and I'm up at the crack this morning. I'm counting down the minutes. Then after the show airs I wanna hear what everybody thought about the performances. Holla at your girl!

October 16, 2006

Here's to my favorite pastime: shopping! You know that's the 5th element of hip hop, baby. "Go shopping! Go shopping! Go shop-ping!"H3weeklogo

NBA Store Event with John Starks and Fat Joe
Visit the world's only NBA store located on Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street to meet NBA legend John Starks and Fat Joe! Get an autograph with any NBA store same-day purchase of $10 or more*. Take a free shot at center court for a chance to win the official VH1 Hip Hop Honors Week gift bag. And check out the VH1 Hip Hop Honors Week mini boutique featuring Mitchell & Ness, as well as signature kicks.
666 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan (212) 515-6221
*While supplies last.

Sun, 12pm-6pm; Mon-Wed and Fri-Sat, 10am-7pm; Thurs, 10am-8pm
Sean John Shopping Special
Spend $200 at Sean John Fifth Ave during VH1 Hip Hop Honors week and receive a ticket - your free gift with purchase - to the Sean John VH1 Hip Hop Honors VIP Party on Monday October 16th.
475 Fifth Ave, Manhattan (212) 220-2633

Jimmy Jazz Hip Hop Celebrity "Make-Me-Over" Shopping Spree
10% off all purchases with Daily News Guide (10/16 only, 520 Fulton St. store only)

Listen to Power 105.1 for your chance to win a $500 shopping spree and makeover by your personal celebrity Hip Hop stylist. Then join us for giveaways and an all day 10% discount off purchases at Jimmy Jazz and some cool giveaways!
520 Fulton St., Brooklyn (718) 243-9181
URL: n/a

powerHouse Arena: Women in Hip Hop
Held in conjunction with Black Girls Rock, this event is designed to give women their due while creating a forum for critical discussion and a positive approach to problem solving. Features a panel discussion with acclaimed female artists and writers, a film screening, and a performance from local Brooklyn songstress Maya Azucena.
37 Main Street, Brooklyn (212) 604-9074

King of the Beat with Performance by Big Daddy Kane, Hosted by Doug E. Fresh
Check out Scion's King of the Beat regional competition in search of the next great music producer. Eight contestants from across the nation square off in the regionals, held at the Canal Room. Hosted by Doug E. Fresh and including performances by Big Daddy Kane.
Canal Room 285 W. Broadway, Manhattan (212) 941-8100

The Five Spot: Revolutions Per Minute
Veteran NYC DJs come to this "open turntable" night to spin their vinyl. Sign in at 8:00pm. $2 pints of beer all night.
459 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn (718) 852-0202

Screening of The Original Kings of Comedy with a special performance by VH1 Best Week Ever's Chuck Nice
Jamaica Center Multiplex 15902 Jamaica Ave, Queens (212)291-9400

Special thanks to Just Me, the Single White Female who got all of the answers right to the trivia test, along with many others. But she typed it out in such beautiful complete sentencesYoung_jeeeeeeezy that I have to post here:

1. Feds believed Murder Inc. was started with illegal monies provided by drug kingpin Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff who also provided "muscle" for the label & in providing this muscle may have been responsible for the murder of rival rapper E-Money Bags.
2. "Juicy" from 'Ready to Die' ("Peace to Ron G, Brucy B, Kid Capri, Funkmaster Flex, Luv Bug, Starski. I'm blowing up like you thought I would. Call the crib: same number, same hood. It's all good!!!)
3. Chick Magnet
4. Perjury as it relates to her failure or her unwillingness to rat out or snitch on people who were involved in a shooting outside a recording studio in which she had just finished recording.
5. Shaq, Allen Iverson, & Ron Artest
6. Luke
7. Nann
8. DJ Babu
9. "Some Boyz N The Hood sell ANYTHING for profit" Used to be illicit substances such as coke (aka snow), but now it's just CDs.
10. The Snowman


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