Hip Hop Honors
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The Hip Hop Honors is an annual event that airs on VH1. The television special honors old school and golden age hip hop rappers and contributors for their long-term influence and importance in the history of hip hop culture. It features live performances by most of the honorees along with new school artists who have been influenced by them in tribute. The show is taped at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, New York City.
Common attendees include Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin, MC Lyte, Chuck D, Beastie Boys, Common (rapper), KRS-One, Flavor Flav, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Ice-T, A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Rev Run, Sean Combs, Doug E. Fresh, LL Cool J, Afrika Bambaataa, Wu-Tang Clan, and many more.
The award show is highly valued, above most hip hop award shows who base their honorees off of commercial value. Rather than for their historical significance.
The ceremony returned on July 11, 2016.
1st VH1 Hip Hop Honors (2004)Edit
- DJ Hollywood
- Kool Herc
- Public Enemy
- Rock Steady Crew
- Sugarhill Gang
- The Graffiti Movement
- Beastie Boys, Mix Master Mike and Doug E. Fresh - "Here We Go" and "Sucker M.C.'s"
- Fat Joe and Terror Squad - "Lean Back"
- Nas and Olu Dara - "Bridging the Gap"
- Fat Joe - "South Bronx"
- Doug E. Fresh, Kid Rock, Kid Capri and Grandmaster Flash - "DJ Medley"
- Nas - "Keep Ya Head Up"
- Beastie Boys - "Right Right Now Now"
- Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Anthrax - "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos"/"Fight the Power"/"Bring the Noise"
- MC Hammer - "Unconditional Love" (danced and read lyrics from this rap which was originally by 2pac but later given to Hammer as a gift from him that Hammer later did a remake of on his Family Affair album.)
- Sugarhill Gang & Chic - "Rapper's Delight"/"Good Times"
- Common - On The 88' Tip
2nd VH1 Hip Hop Honors (2005)Edit
- Big Daddy Kane
- Boyz n the Hood
- Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
- LL Cool J
- The Notorious B.I.G.
- Salt N Pepa
- Snoop Dogg - "Warning"
- Ice-T - "OG Original Gangster"/"Colors"
- Salt N Pepa featuring En Vogue - "Whatta Man"
- Nelly featuring Ciara - "Doin It"
- Nelly - "I'm Bad"
- LL Cool J - "Mama Said Knock You Out"
- Kanye West - "Gold Digger"
- Faith Evans, Lil' Cease, Ludacris & Kanye West - "Juicy"/ "One More Chance"/ "Hypnotize"
- Common, Black Thought & T.I. - "Raw", "Smooth Operator", & "Set It Off"
- Big Daddy Kane - "Warm It Up, Kane"
- Diddy & Faith Evans - "I'll Be Missing You"
3rd VH1 Hip Hop Honors (2006)Edit
The third aired on October 17, 2006 with host Ice-T.
- KRS-One & Outkast - Afrika Bambaataa
- Tracy Morgan - Beastie Boys
- Ice Cube & Ice-T- Eazy-E
- Mike Epps & Fab 5 Freddy- Ice Cube
- Regina King - MC Lyte
- Common - Rakim
- Diddy - Russell Simmons
- Forest Whitaker - Wu-Tang Clan
- Lil' Eazy-E, Young Jeezy, DJ Yella - "We Want Eazy"
- Bone Thugs N Harmony - "Tha Crossroads"
- Xzibit - "Check Yo Self"
- WC - "It Was a Good Day"
- Ice Cube - "Why We Thugs"/"Go to Church" w/ Lil Jon
- Diddy, Fabolous and Q-Tip - "Hold It, Now Hit It"/"Paul Revere"
- Beastie Boys - "So What'cha Want"/"The New Style"
- Lil' Kim, Remy Ma, Da Brat, and Yo-Yo - "Cha Cha Cha"/"Kickin' 4 Brooklyn"/"Lyte as a Rock"
- MC Lyte - "Paper Thin"/"Ruffneck"
- Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Styles P., Raekwon - "Paid In Full"/"Eric B. For President"
- Rakim - "Microphone Fiend"/"I Ain't No Joke"
- Wu-Tang Clan - "C.R.E.A.M."/"Triumph"
- Erykah Badu, George Clinton and the funkadelics
- Rakim - It's Nothing
4th VH1 Hip Hop Honors (2007)Edit
The fourth show aired October 8, 2007, and was hosted by Tracy Morgan.
- A Tribe Called Quest
- Missy Elliott
- Snoop Dogg
- Teddy Riley and Andre Harrell for new jack swing
- Wild Style
- Kerry Washington - Missy Elliott
- P. Diddy and Doug E. Fresh - Andre Harrell and Teddy Riley
- LL Cool J - Wild Style
- Chris Rock - Whodini
- Harvey Keitel - Snoop Dogg
- Tracy Morgan - A Tribe Called Quest
- Tweet - "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
- Timbaland & Eve - "Work It"
- Eve and Keyshia Cole - "Hot Boyz"
- Fatman Scoop and Ciara - "Lose Control"
- Nelly Furtado - "Get Ur Freak On (Remix)"
- Ne-Yo - "I Like"
- T-Pain - "I Want Her"
- Ne-Yo & Keyshia Cole - "Remember The Time"
- Kool Moe Dee - "How Ya Like Me Now"
- Teddy Riley - "No Diggity"/"Rump Shaker"
- Nick Cannon - "Funky Beat"
- Nelly - "One Love"
- Jermaine Dupri - "Five Minutes of Funk"
- Whodini - "Friends" and "Freaks Come Out at Night"
- T.I. and B.G. - "Deep Cover"
- Pharrell and Daz - "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang"
- Ice-T - "Gin and Juice"
- Bow Wow - "Who Am I (What's My Name)"
- Snoop Dogg and Pharrell - "Drop It Like It's Hot"
- Busta Rhymes, Common, Lupe Fiasco, and Pharrell - "Bonita Applebum"/"Electric Relaxation"/"Scenario"
- A Tribe Called Quest - "Check The Rhime"/"Award Tour"
5th Annual Hip Hop Honors (2008)Edit
The fifth show aired October 6, 2008 and was hosted by Tracy Morgan.
- Freddy Rodriguez - Cypress Hill
- Joy Bryant - De La Soul
- Michael Strahan - Slick Rick
- Luke Campbell - Too Short
- Eve - Naughty by Nature
- Fat Joe - "The Phuncky Feel One"
- Jim Jones - "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That"
- Gym Class Heroes and Mack 10 - "Insane in the Brain"
- Cypress Hill - "How I Could Just Kill a Man" / "(Rock) Superstar"
- Q-Tip & Estelle - "A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays""
- Mos Def & Public Enemy - "Stakes Is High"
- Cee-Lo - "Potholes in My Lawn"
- EPMD - "Ego Trippin' (Part Two)"
- De La Soul and Q-Tip - "Me Myself and I" / "Oooh." / "Buddy"
- MC Lyte - "The Ruler's Back"
- Busta Rhymes with Spliff Star - "The Show"
- Ghostface Killah w/ Biz Markie - "La Di Da Di"
- Fabolous and Dana Dane - "Hey Young World"
- Eve - "Mona Lisa"
- Slick Rick - "Children's Story"
- Estelle w/ The Roots - "Ike’s Mood 1"
- Mos Def w/ The Roots - "Warning"
- Scarface w/ The Roots - "Mind Playing Tricks on Me"
- Public Enemy w/ The Roots - "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos"
- Kid Rock - "Life Is...Too Short"
- Lil Jon - "Shake That Monkey"
- Bun B - "Blow the Whistle"
- Scarface - "The Ghetto"
- Too Short - "Gettin' It" / "Money in the Ghetto"
- Wyclef Jean and Juelz Santana - "Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
- Big Boi w/ Wyclef Jean - "O.P.P."
- Naughty by Nature - "Uptown Anthem" / "Hip Hop Hooray"
6th Annual Hip Hop Honors (2009)Edit
The sixth show aired October 13, 2009 and was hosted by Tracy Morgan.
- Eminem, The Roots, and DJ Jazzy Jeff - "Rock the Bells"
- Public Enemy with the Roots, Street Sweeper Social Club and DJ Jazzy Jeff - "Rebel Without a Pause"
- Method Man & Redman - "Da Rockwilder"
- DMX and Gym Class Heroes - "Party Up (Up in Here)"
- Ludacris and Scarface - "Guess Who's Back/Southern Hospitality"
- Mary J. Blige and Method Man - "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By"
- Rick Ross- "Hustlin'"
- Warren G and Trey Songz - "Regulate"
- Gym Class Heroes, Wale and KRS-One - "No Sleep till Brooklyn"
- Ja Rule and Ashanti - "Down 4 U"/"Always on Time"
- Onyx - "Slam"
- Kid Rock - "I'm Bad"
- EPMD - "Crossover"
- Foxy Brown and Fabolous - "I'll Be"
- Ghostface Killah and Chrisette Michele - "Back Like That"
- Wale - "Touch the Sky"
7th VH1 Hip Hop Honors (2010)Edit
- Jonah Hill
- Donald Glover
- Taraji P. Henson
- Lauren London
- Kelly Rowland
- Eddie Griffin
- Kid Rock
- David Banner
- Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas
- "It’s Your Birthday",” featuring Luther Campbell
- "Scarred",” featuring Luther Campbell, Trick Daddy and Pitbull (rapper)
- "I Wanna Rock (Doo Doo Brown)",” featuring Luther Campbell
- Mind Playing Tricks on Me,” Game (rapper) and Willie D
- Po Pimp,” featuring "A.K".
- Nolia Clap,” featuring Juvenile (rapper)
- Get Throwed,” featuring Drake (rapper) and Bun B
- I Think They Like Me,” featuring Jermaine Dupri, Dem Franchize Boyz, "Buddie (Gerald Tiller)", "Jizzal Man (Bernard Leverette)", "Parlae" and "Pimpin' (Jamal Willingham)"’
- Money Ain't a Thang,” featuring Jermaine Dupri
- Jump (Kris Kross song),” featuring Bow Wow (rapper), Jermaine Dupri and Lil Jon
- Fresh Azimiz,” featuring Bow Wow (rapper), Jermaine Dupri and Lil Jon
- Welcome to Atlanta,” featuring P. Diddy and Jermaine Dupri
- I'm Bout It,” featuring Romeo Miller, "Lil D", "Black Don" and "Valentino"
- "That's Cool",” featuring Silkk the Shocker and Trina
- I Miss My Homies,” featuring Gucci Mane
- Make 'Em Say Uhh!” featuring Mystikal
Atlanta Medley with DJ Drama, including the following songs and performers:
- Wasted (Gucci Mane song),” featuring Gucci Mane
- Never Scared (song),” featuring Bone Crusher (rapper)
- Get Low (song),” featuring Lil Jon, Ying Yang Twins, "Kaine" and "D-Roc"
Timbaland Tribute with DJ Freestyle Steve, including a medley of the following songs and performers:
- Big Pimpin,” featuring Bun B
- Make Me Better,” featuring Fabolous
- The Way I Are,” featuring Keri Hilson, D.O.E. and Sebastian (rapper)
- Get Ur Freak On,” featuring Missy Elliott
- Work It (Missy Elliott song),” featuring Missy Elliott
Texas Medley with DJ Michael 5000 Watts, including the following songs and performers:
- "Like a Boss",” featuring Slim Thug
- Sittin' Sidewayz,” featuring Paul Wall
- Ridin',” featuring Chamillionaire
2 Live Crew Tribute with DJ Mixx, including a medley of the following songs and performers:
- Me So Horny,” featuring "Fresh Kid Ice" and "Marquis"
- "Hoochie Mama",” featuring "Marquis" and "Fresh Kid Ice"
- Banned in the U.S.A. (song),” featuring Uncle Luke
Organized Noize Tribute with DJ Jelly, including a medley of the following songs and performers:
- Player's Ball,” featuring "Rico Wade"
- Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (song),” featuring Nelly, Murphy Lee and "Rico Wade"
- Cell Therapy,” featuring Khujo and "Rico Wade"
- "Dirty South",” featuring Khujo and Cool Breeze (rapper)
- So Fresh, So Clean,” featuring Cool Breeze (rapper), Sleepy Brown and "Rico Wade"
- Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!),” featuring Asher Roth, "Rico Wade" and Sleepy Brown
Miami Medley with DJ Khaled, including the following songs and performers:
8th VH1 Hip Hop Honors (2016)Edit
The eighth and most recent Hip Hop Honors aired on July 11, 2016 hosted by Eve. This show honored the women of hip-hop.
- Remy Ma & Fat Joe - All the Way Up
- Fantasia, Monica & Tweet - Lady Marmalade
- Remy Ma, Nelly Furtado & Trina - Work It
- Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Mia X, Nikki D, Da Brat & Rah Digga - U.N.I.T.Y.
- Queen Latifah, Da Brat, Rah Digga, Lady of Rage & Yo-Yo - When You're Good to Mama
Queen Latifah Tribute by Naughty by Nature:
- Press, Associated. "VH1's Hip Hop Honors Returns, Focusing on the Ladies". Billboard.com. Retrieved 28 June 2016.