LitViral Vh1 Hip Hop Honors 2016 Recap:
VH1 honored the ladies of Hip Hop in their back from hiatus installment of the Hip Hop Honors Awards on July 11, 2016 at the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Honorees included rapper and actress, Queen Latifah, Hip-Hop duo Salt-N-Pepa (Including their DJ Spinderella), innovative rapper and music producer extraordinaire, Missy Elliott and the Queen Bee and Biggie protégé herself, Lil’ Kim.
Overall, the show, which was hosted by Philly rapper/actress, Eve (Who gave great tribute performances) was good. There were tribute performances by Teyana Taylor (Who stole the show as Lil’ Kim – perhaps better than Lil’ Kim could even do herself), Lil Mama, Trina, Ashanti, Dej Loaf, Keke Palmer, Remy Ma, The LOX, Fat Joe, Fantasia, Lil Mo, Tweet, Naughty By Nature, Monica and more. Each of the recipients was deserving of the honors they received for their contribution to the art form. Guests included Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, Common, Kelly Rowland, legendary actress Phylicia Rashad, LL Cool J and even the first lady of the United States; Michelle Obama made an on-screen appearance.
Perhaps the most surprising part of the show was to see Faith Evans present longtime nemesis, Lil’ Kim to the audience (Yes, they both were involved with Biggie at the same time!).
It was enjoyable to watch Queen Latifah at the end of the show perform ‘U.N.I.T.Y.’ one of her biggest hits, and pay tribute to many other female artists who laid the foundation on their respective coasts. Inclusive in that list was arguably one of the greatest female rappers of all time, MC Lyte (New York), Da Brat (Chicago), Ms Jade (Philly, though where was Bahamadia?), Yo-Yo (California), Lady of Rage (Virginia), Boss (Detroit), Mia X (New Orleans), Sweet Tee (New York), Rah Digga (New Jersey), MC Sha-Rock (North Carolina) and longtime collaborator, Monie Love (New York by Way of London). The backdrop picture paid homage to more great female MCs who will likely be receiving their honors in the future (Lauryn Hill – if she is not late and actually shows up, Roxanne Shante, Foxy Brown – if she is not throwing a fit at a nail salon somewhere).
Note to VH1: Next time, do not book a southern rapper (Rich Homie Quan – who failed miserably at his performance) who does not know the words to one of the greatest NY emcees of all-time (Biggie), verses. There were too many New York emcees we are sure were not busy for that night. Remy Ma’s husband, Papoose, was in the crowd, we are sure he could have done the performance justice. Quan, it is bigger than just wearing the trademark Coogi sweater that the Notorious B.I.G. was known for sporting.
Lil’ Kim had better thank her lucky stars for Dej Loaf who helped the winded emcee get through her set.
Check out some of the videos below, and let us know what you think:
Video Credits: VH1
Photo Credit: Theo Wargo for VH1