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Live Blog - 2007 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors

By October 8, 2007

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Like we did last year, we'll be bringing you minute-by-minute recap of the 4th annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors. Stay tuned...

9:00: Tracy Morgan kicks off the show by breaking down the elements of hip-hop.

9:01: Morgan just named a handful of my favorite hip-hop albums, including Paid in Full and Illmatic, as some of the top classics.

9:04: The host announces this year's honorees: Snoop Dogg, Whodini, A Tribe Called Quest, New Jack Swing, and Wild Style.

9:06: VH1 observes the ladies first rule by honoring Missy Elliott first.

9:07: Missy tells her story.

9:08Learning that Missy created most of her early songs in her bedroom is a bit unnerving.

9:10:: Timbaland and Tweet honor Missy with a performance of "The Rain." I almost forgot how addictive that song was.

9:13: Eve just tore down a performance of Missy's verse on "Hot Boys."

9:14: Nelly Furtado pays tribute to Missy by adding her flavor to "Get Your Freak On," but I'm still trying to understand the Missy-Nelly connection.

9:21: Clad in a black jacket and black pants, Diddy takes the stage to honor super duper producer Teddy Riley. Teddy Riley is being honored for his contribution to New Jack Swing.

9:29: T-Pain, Ne-Yo, Doug E Fresh on the same stage. I think my TV just exploded in protest.

9:30: T-Pain's performance is a disaster. I'm not sure if he's singing or sleep-talking. See what happens when your singing career depends on a vocoder?

9:31: Ne-Yo saves the day, and shows T-Pain how to sing and dance simultaneously.

9:32: Kool Moe Dee concludes the New Jack Swing tribute with a rendition of "How Ya Like Me Now," one of the greatest diss songs of all time.

9:40: Ne-Yo and Keyshia Cole, who looks more like a backup dancer than an R&B singer, continue their NJS tribute with a performance of Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time."

9:42: The crowd goes nuts over what they're absolutely sure must be Jay-Z's "Show Me What You Got," only to quiet down after realizing that it's actually the introductory horn riff to Wreckx-N-Effect's "Rump Shaker."

9:49: Morgan announces the next honoree, the groundbreaking hip-hop movie "Wild Style." VH1 ran out of human honorees this year, so they decided to honor movies and music genres instead.

9:51: LL introduces the story of "Wild Style." He'ss rocking dark shades to avoid eye contact with Jay-Z, just in case he's watching the show from home.

9:57: Busy Bee, KRS-One, and Grandmaster Caz pay an energetic tribute to "Wild Style." It's like a Retired Rappers convention on the stage.

10:04: Chris Rock introduces the next honorees, Whodini. I wonder why he wasn't tapped to host the show.

10:09: You wouldn't know it from his style, but Nelly actually makes for a great Whodini imposter.

10:14: The "Freaks Come Out At Night" performance = highlight of the night.

10:24: Actor Harvey Keitel introduces Snoop Dogg as a gangster, whose lyrics somehow changed the weather. Snoop's daughter looks up at her dad to double check on that. Snoop nods.

10:25: T.I. honors Snoop with an excellent rendition of "Deep Cover." He somehow manages to do it without ever saying "Ay!"

10:26: Pharrell effortlessly rips through Snoop's verse from "Ain't Nuthin' But a G Thang."

10:27: Pimp recognize pimp: Ice-T performs Snoop's "Gin & Juice," receives a standing ovation.

10:36: Snoop and Pharrell pump life into the show with an interpolation of P's "Raspy Sh*t" and Snoop's "Drop It Like It's Hot."

10:39: A Tribe Called Quest will be the next honorees.

10:47: Common uses his performance "Bonita Applebum" as an excuse to grab one of the dancers.

10:49: Lupe just messed up his portion of the "Electric Relaxation" tribute.

10:51: Busta Rhymes wraps it up with an energetic performance of "Scenario."

10:57: ATCQ reappear for an encore performance.

11:01: Fin.


October 9, 2007 at 10:57 am
(1) james says:

the snoop performances were definitely the highlights of the show. t.i., snoop, pharrell, and ice t did a great job. however, i do wonder if chris rock would’ve been a better host than tracy morgan, who sucked.

October 9, 2007 at 2:44 pm
(2) Information says:

Nelly Furtado pays tribute to Missy by adding her flavor to “Get Your Freak On,” but I’m still trying to understand the Missy-Nelly connection

There was a remix to Get Your Freak On, featuring Nelly Furtado. Nelly’s verse from the Hip Hop Honors is the same verse from the remix.

Also, Nelly Furtado has worked closely with Missy Elliott and Timbaland since the late 1990′s / early 2000′s. (I thought everybody knew that…)

October 9, 2007 at 2:46 pm
(3) Information says:

The more that I think about it, that Get Your Freak On remix was fairly popular. Nelly performed the song with Missy Elliott back when the song was popular on an awards show. I can’t remember whether it was the MTV Awards, Grammys or some other show.

October 10, 2007 at 10:26 am
(4) gwashington says:

Can anyone tell me what is wrong with one the the members of a trIbe called quest. He looked so fraile. has he been sick?

October 10, 2007 at 11:39 am
(5) joeblack says:

Phife (the little dude) is diabetic. Not having seen him for several years, I was shocked and saddened. I pray he regains his health.

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