VH-1 HIP HOP HONORS

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Easy E's son Lil Easy E came out and performed in honor of his father, sharing the stage with Bone Thugs n Harmony, Xibit and Young Jeezy. Bone Thugs n Harmony performed "Crossroads" as a tribute to Easy E. Bone Thugs in Harmony actually wrote that song FOR Easy E.

Photo:  Rakim, McLyte,
Method Man, Russel Simmons

On Saturday, October 7th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, VH-1 held their 3rd Annual VH-1 Hip-Hop Honors.  It was an explosive event.  All of the old skool rappers and new skool rappers came out to pay tribute to Easy E, MC Lyte, Afrika Bambata, Rakim and others.

Easy E's son Lil Easy E came out and performed in honor of his father, sharing the stage with Bone Thugs n Harmony, Xibit and Young Jeezy.  Bone Thugs n Harmony performed "Crossroads" as a tribute to Easy E.  Bone Thugs n Harmony actually wrote the beautiful and hartwrenching masterpiece, "Crossroads" in honor of hip-hop legend, Easy E, who discovered them.

Regina King introduced MC Lyte.  Honoring MC Lyte, Da Brat, Remy Ma and Lil Kim performed some of Lyte's hits such as "Paper Thin."  MC Lyte also got up there with them and performed. The whole audience was singing along.

Wu Tang Clan were also honorees. Method Man, The Rza and The Gza were there to receive honor and keep the memory of Ol D B alive.

Hip Hop legend and star of Law & Order SVU, Ice T hosted the show. They performed a skit in the beginning on the set of Law & Order SVU.

Salt N Pepa hosted the red carpet, interviewing a lot of the oldschool greats such as Big Daddy Kane, Yo Yo, Dana Dane, KRS One, and Sweet T.

Queen of All Media and Shock Jock, Wendy Williams was the official VH1 Red Carpet Host, but most of the big names scurried past her fearing dirt dishing because everybody knows Drama Is Her Middle Name.  Lil Kim spotted Wendy and took off!

Tribute was paid to the legendary, 2Pac. 

It was a peaceful event for the most part, although a few minor fights broke out in the green room.  It was not disclosed who was fighting, but there was alarming shouting and cussing, followed by a sudden stampede of staff and security, respectively running in opposite directions.

The show aired October 17th.

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