Monday night, VH1 aired Hip-Hop Honors: 90s Game Changers. Here's a quick recap of all of the important things that happened:
Missy Elliott opened the show, which was a good move for VH1 because Missy was dominating the 90s music scene. She came out looking like a black hip-hop Avatar and I was here for it. Seeing Missy and Timberland had me waiting for a little Aaliyah jam or tribute to happen, but it didn't.
The entire show emulated 90s culture from the clothing to the musical tributes. Speaking of tributes, I'm convinced that Teyana Taylor can nail any tribute performance that you give her. She did a dance medley honoring some of the biggest 90s hits...with a broken foot. A BROKEN FOOT. She's great.
The performances were cool, however, the main reason I tuned in was because of the people being honored.
First off, Martin Lawrence was honored and it made me very happy inside because Martin played a very important part in the success of Hip-Hop culture.
Martin Lawrence is a legendary man with a legendary show that pioneered successfully through the 90s. 'Martin' included hip-hop culture into its show by having people like Biggie, Method Man, Snoop Dogg, and many other iconic hip-hop artists appear. Tichina Arnold, Affion Crockett, Regina Hall and Lamorne Morris hilariously tributed Martin Lawrence and his many iconic 'Martin' characters. Also, is Tisha Campbell-Martin still mad at Martin after all of these years? I would've preferred to see her there alongside Tichina (Pam) and Carl Anthony Payne II (Cole) to present Martin the award. But I guess she was too busy tearing up the performance stage somewhere singing Rihanna's 'Needed Me'....Anyway, as a Martin lover, I was excited to see him get awarded.
Jermaine Dupri and Master P both accepted their honor awards as they discussed how the south influenced hip-hop in the 90s as well as gave some insightful words of encouragement to new artists.
Trick Daddy, Trina, Romeo, Silkk The Shocker and Xscape performed a medley of "Nann," "Make Em Say Uhh!" and "Just Kickin' It" as a tribute to Jermaine Dupri and Master P and the rise of the south. We have to yell out 'Xscape is back together' just in case if the people in the back didn't hear us the first time. This is pure excitement in itself.
Mariah Carey was also honored for her involvement in helping hip-hop cross over into Pop music. She performed a very lazy rendition of 'Honey' with Jermaine Dupree and Da Brat. Mariah, in all of her diva stature, got on stage doing the bare minimum as usual. But, it's safe to say that if she does a show in Vegas or something, I would be there. She's iconic. Glitter was a great movie (no, this is not up for discussion).
Remy and Fat Joe performed "Still Not a Player" without Joe. Sigh, why didn't anyone call Joe? Where was Montell Jordan for the "This is How We Do It" performance?
Pharrell Williams gave a heartfelt speech and tells us all to open our eyes to the constant social injustices going on in our society.
Lil' Kim, Fabolous, and Havoc performed "Quiet Storm" as a tribute to Mobb Deep's Prodigy. I always get hype when Lil Kim does her iconic walk onto the stage...the same walk that hasn't changed since the 90s.
Overall, to me, the show was pretty good. I had my television set almost to the highest volume as I jammed to a lot of the 90s classics. The show did really good performance wise but their honorees really exceeded my expectations.
Comment below who you would've liked to see on Hip Hop honors?