Drake, Rick Ross, Bun B, T.I. Rep Dirty South for Hip-Hop Honors
This year's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors paid tribute to Atlanta, Miami, Texas, New Orleans and other Southern cities and states, but the event brought performers from all over to rep the dirty south on Thursday night (June 3) at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom.
Willie D from the Geto Boys, Juvenile, Game, Drake and Bun B came together to honor J. Prince of Rap-A-Lot Records for a medley of Geto Boys' "My Mind Playing Tricks on Me," Juvenile's "Nolia Clap" and Bun B's "Get Throwed."
"I always say the East Coast is one piece of bread, and the West Coast is another piece of bread," honoree J. Prince said during the tribute. "And the South is the meat. I describe it that way, 'cause everyone has roots in the South."
Rocker Kid Rock introduced Trick Daddy, Pitbull and Luther "Luke" Campbell for the Luke tribute with a mix of "It's Your Birthday" and "I Wanna Rock (Doo Doo Brown)," while Luke made it rain on booty-shaking and pole-working dancers.
"Get Him To The Greek" actor Jonah Hill brought out Dem Franchize Boyz, Diddy and Bow Wow for a segment dedicated to Jermaine Dupri. After DFB's "Oh I Think They Like Me," Bow Wow brought the crowd to its feet as he rose from the audience with his clothes on backwards for a performance of Kris Kross' "Jump Jump."
It was a family affair for the Master P tribute, as sons Romeo and Valentino and brother Silkk The Shocker joined Gucci Mane, Mystikal and Trina for some of the breakout No Limit hits including "Make Em Say Uhh" and "Bout It, Bout It."
Brandy and Ray J presented T.I. for the Atlanta dedicated portion of the night, who then brought to the stage Gucci Mane, Lil Jon, Bone Crusher, Ying Yang Twins and DJ Drama. Gucci performed "So Wasted," a limping Bone Crusher brought the energy with his smash "I Ain't Never Scared," and Lil Jon and the Twins covered "Get Low."
"I'm too big for a box. You can't put me in a box," Timbaland said via video for the introduction of his honoring. Bun B first hit the stage with "Big Pimpin," Fabolous followed with "You Make Me Better," D.O.E. and Timbaland's brother Sebastian were joined by Keri Hilson for "The Way I Are," and Missy Elliot did her own energetic rendition of "Get Ur Freak On" and "Work It," while backed by a bevy of dancers.
David Banner and Kelly Rowland set off the Texas tribute, with Slim Thug, Paul Wall and Chamillionaire then performing their hit tracks "Like a Boss," "Sitting Sidewayz" and "Ridin Dirty," respectively.
Although technical difficulties delayed the 2 Live Crew tribute, it finally took off with Uncle Luke and the gang performing "Me So Horny" and "Banned In the USA," while dancers wearing skimpy outfits made from American flags marched about.
Nelly, Murphy Lee, Rico Wade, Asher Roth, Khujoe Goodie from Goodie Mob, Sleepy Brown and Cool Breeze honored Organized Noize, while Trina, Flo Rida, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross and Pitbull performed their own hits -- including Flo Rida's "Low" and Rick Ross' latest "Super High" -- for a tribute to the new Miami.
"Office" actor Craig Robinson took over hosting duties this year, replacing comedian Tracy Morgan, and with the help of Lil Jon and Paul Wall, got a dirty south makeover with grillz and all. "VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South" airs Monday at 9 p.m. on VH1.