Fetty Wap, Wyclef Jean, Queen Latifah & More Jersey Natives Shut Down 2019 MTV VMAs: Watch

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Naughty By Nature, Wyclef Jean, Fetty Wap, Queen Latifah and Redman perform onstage during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on Aug. 26, 2019 in Newark, N.J.

On a night when New Jersey earned more shout-outs than Taylor Swift dance cut-away shots at Monday's (Aug. 26) 2019 MTV VMAs, the show closed down an atypically sedate night of performances and awards with an energetic, all-star tribute to the Garden State's native hip-hop legends.   

The night's crowning group go-round was set up by West Coast rap legend and Newark native Ice-T ("the only ICE you want to see these days" quipped barely seen host Sebastian Maniscalco), who took the stage with a quick verse of his 1986 gangsta rap classic "6 'n the Mornin'." 

That gave way to Naughty by Nature's Vin Rock amping the crowd up with a chorus of "jump, jump" as Treach and a hype man in a bear costume gave the packed Prudential Center crowd just a little taste of "O.P.P." before Lords of the Underground's DoItAll set up Redman for a verse of "Da Rockwilder." The action qiuckly moved over to Fetty Wap, who busted out some "Trap Queen" from inside a circle of flourescent red lights set up on the arena floor.

Newark's native son Wyclef Jean strummed a guitar for a verse of his solo single "Gone Til November" and a nod to Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry," with a slight tweak of the lryics to move the government yard from Trenchtown to Jersey and a surprise handstand at the end. The state's unofficial royalty, Queen Latifah, rode in on a red motorcyle and made sure the crowd knew that no queens were going to be disrespected in the house on her watch. 

Backed by a live band, the actress/rapper got arms waving in the air for her 1993 take-no-mess anthem "U.N.I.T.Y.," before the Naughty crew and the rests of the Jersey strong contingent came out for a group jam on "Hip Hop Hooray" as confetti filled the air.

Watch the performance below.

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