TOP FIXED NAV

Hip Hop Honors Committee Vindicates Itself…Sort Of

delasoul-slickrick-hiphophonors.jpgProving once again that it continues to have relevance among a public for whom "old school" means "last year," the VH1's Hip Hop Honors is set to roll out the red carpet for its 2008 honorees this October 7th. Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Slick Rick, Naughty By Nature and Too $hort will all be feted with the Honors' usual court jester, Tracy Morgan. Last year we gave our picks as to who should be honored. The overwhelming majority agreed that both De La Soul and Slick Rick are long overdue in their recognition. I'm still confused as to why A Tribe Called Quest received their honor before De La Soul who introduced Native Tongues to a wider audience than the Jungle Brothers ever could. And to that end, where are the ladies? Queen Latifah is long overdue and likely has "had it up to here" over not being honored yet. I'm scratching my head a bit about Naughty By Nature and Cypress Hill being named, especially when it's simply a shame that EPMD, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and Gang Starr haven't been honored yet either. And as far as Too $hort is concerned, no comment from this blogger who never understood what the hype about his "freaky tales" was about. In any case, I'm sure it'll be fun all around, as long as Vivica Fox doesn't show up and try to dance around on stage like she's the fourth member of Salt-N-Pepa. Oy


TAGS:  , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

17 Responses

  1. The fact that ATCQ got it before because it simply VH1.For a channel to honor hip-hop, but only came across to only playing Eminem.
    And the honorees are overdue!

  2. Too $hort has never been much of a lyricist or a rapper. But he's pioneer and one of the earliest examples of hip hop's entrepreneurial spirit. Before 50 Cent, David Banner, and Master P mastered the independent game.... Too $hort was selling thousands of cassette tapes out of the trunk of his car.
    The fact that he had such a successful career in spite of his lack of skills is a testament to his hustle & grind.

  3. Lookee here, I know De La has A LOT of hits, but my neighbors might have me kicked out of here for yelling and screaming if they get everyone from the "Buddy" remix together to perform that night. Man, oh man.

  4. I think the reason certain artists have not been honored yet is for the simple reason that they won't appear on the show. I'm pretty sure Latifah (not the mention Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, N.W.A./Dr. Dre and several others) would have been honored in the first or second installments if those particular artists would have agreed to be on the show.

  5. Cypress Hill definitley deserves it. They broke the mold of the Latino rapper. Remember, before Cypress Hill, Latino rap was defined by acts like...GERARDO. Remember him? "RICO~SUAVE!" When Cypress came out, all that cornyness got deaded!

  6. "as long as Vivica Fox doesn't show up and try to dance around on stage like she's the fourth member of Salt-N-Pepa." LMAO
    As for cypress they owe every thing to mellowman ace who if I remember correctly was the first hispanic brother to drop and chart. It's a travesty that Latifah hasnt made it..............

  7. rotflmao at Vivica Fox. I had the honor of watching her on Celebrity Family Feud.
    I wonder how long it will be before Hip Hop Honors goes the way of the VH1 Divas show. we knew that was over when Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown came out looking like Big Bird.
    Have they not honored ladies yet? No Queen Latifah, McLyte, Salt and Pep...no one?

  8. I agree. Latifah should be there. I can't understand the Too $hort angle either. Not trying to hate on the brother, but I never got it. He has his fanbase, though. I am glad for Naughty by Nature. They don't get enough props IMHO. They were a staple in my tape deck.

  9. As De La is my fave hiphop group of ALL TIME (save the negative comments, folks. i've claimed it for years and ain't changing my tune anytime soon), I couldn't be happier about their selection.
    And Cypress Hill are also waaaaay overdue. Regardless of who came before them as Latino rappers, their popularity and melding of rock, hiphop and Chicano influences completely redefined the game. Saw them at Lollapalooza about a decade ago with a live percussionist. WHOOOO, it was hot!! PE, The Fugees and Outkast were also in the lineup that year. What a show!!

  10. I agree with everything that you have said above, except for not understanding why Too Short should be honored. He is the equiviliant of Luke skywalker AKA Uncle Luke! from West to East, youngsters could be heard yelling the signature B*tch of Sir Too Short. and only a selected few can say that they have did as long as him!

  11. They are all good choices, and although he has always been one of my favorites...I never thought Too Short would be honored. I guess it's good to see that they look at things from many angles. I can't wait for the show.

  12. This is proof that HIP HOP is almost DEAD. How in the world you select Naughty By Nature and Cypress Hill before EPMD. Any Group or solo artist in Hip Hop who released anything that came out in 1988 (The best year in hip hop music hands down) should be considered no matter what. EPMD released four straight gold albums which was good considering this was an underground group. I am totally disappointed in the committee who made the selections but this group should have been honored a while ago. No disrespect to Cypress Hill or Naughty By Nature but they have to wonder themselves what the is the selection committee thinking about and some groups and artist before them also. I will watch the show but will also be disappointed.

  13. I'm just wondering, how are they gonna perform any of too $horts nasty songs on air? That I have to see.

  14. Can we all agree that a hip honor for Sha Rock is way past due? She was the first big female hip hop star. She should have gottenone the first year when the pioneers were honored!

  15. FINALLY SOMEONE OUT THERE IS ON THE SAME PAGE WITH ME. I'VE BEEN QUESTIONING VH1S' SELECTION OF HIP HOP PIONEERS, BUT THEN AGAIN I'M NOT SURPRISED BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE MAKIN THE SELECTION DON'T A DAMN THING ABOUT HIP HOP OR THE PIONEERS FOR THAT MATTER. I THOUGHT THE PURPOSE WAS TO START FROM THE BEGINING? I TOTALLY AGREE WITH THE LAST COMMENT, PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH, EPMD GANG STAR, & WHAT HAPPENED TO UTFO, SPECIAL ED , HEAVY D & THE BOYZ, KOOL G RAP. BRAND NUBIAN, & THE LIST GOES ON & ON & ON LIKE HOT BUTTER ON POPCORN, OH I'M SORRY WHO EVER IS MAKIN THESE PICKS CAN'T GO BACK THAT FAR, LOL. ANYWAY I LIKE WHAT YOUARE DOING UP THERE AT VH1 BUT YALL REALLY NEED TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK ON YOUR OLD SCHOOL,, HOPEFULLY NEXT YEAR WILL BE EVEN BETTER!!

  16. I knew Hip Hop Honors was a farce when it took them that long to Honor Rakim. Here you have the greatest lyricist in Hip Hop History the man who single handedly altered the face of Hip Hop by introducing the modern flow, he is the architect of the modern M.C. and you induct Tupac before him...That's crazy! Finally what's up with Latifah not even showing some respect for De La Soul, appears on the show and does not even make a comment about De La? When she wanted to jump-start her career she couldn't stop trying to apear on Native Tongue tracks and videos, now that she is "Hollywood" somehow The Native Tongues never existed, and Dana Owens was never a member, that speaks volumes!
    (quote: Posdenus from "I am I Be"" )" Or those Tongues who lied, who claimed they'd be Natives to the end nowadays we don't even speak"

  17. PHIL SIAD THE FOLLOWING:"Cypress Hill definitley deserves it. They broke the mold of the Latino rapper. Remember, before Cypress Hill, Latino rap was defined by acts like...GERARDO. Remember him? "RICO~SUAVE!" When Cypress came out, all that cornyness got deaded! "
    Yo Phil while I don't mind Cypress Hill being inducted; as a hispanic man myself your comments could not have been more wrong! What are you talking about when you say that the image of Hispanic Rappers was Geraldo prior to Cypress entering the scene? Hispanics have been involved in all areas of Hip Hop from day one and anyone knowledgable about the culture knew that, there was no question that we were heavy contributors to the birth of the culture, and that we had a pressence in the entire culture. When it came to rapping, DJing and producing we were there, you had pioneers like DJ Charlie Chase, (way before Cypress), im not a fan but Fat Joe was making his mark as a respected rapper way before Cypress, The Beatnuts were making their mark as producers and M.C.'s before Cypress, The Beatnuts were contributors to the sound of The Native Tongues! Come on now, I'm a fan of Cypress Hill's work but lets not get carried away and lets be accurate, what you meant to say as far as hispanic rappers is that all MTV and Rap City played was Geraldo, but that does not mean that hispanics in rap were defined by "The Rico Suave Man" HELL NO!



Encore

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!