4 reasons why you can't miss VH1's Dirty South Hip Hop Honors

bow-wow-dupriImage Credit: Theo Wargo/WireImage.comLast night (June 3) at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom VH1 paid its annual homage to hip-hop, VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South. The “Dirty South” part is new. For the first time, VH1 chose to pay its respects to a specific region—an effort that a few Southern legends found disrespectful. Wondering why VH1 couldn’t simply incorporate more Southern acts into their regular Hip Hop Honors celebrations, Suave House Records founder Tony Draper and veteran Houston rapper Scarface both declined on opportunities to be involved. But the show went on. And aside from a couple of technical difficulties Uncle Luke and his 2 Live Crew experienced, it went off without a hitch.

Missy Elliott, Fabolous, and Keri Hilson came out to honor hitmaker and Virginia native, Timbaland. J Prince of Rap-A-Lot Records sat back and enjoyed performances from fellow Texas homeboys Paul Wall and Chamillionaire. But there were a few moments that stood out above the rest, making its premiere this Monday (June 7) must see TV. One was nasty.  Another was backwards. Read what they are after the jump.

1) Host Craig Robinson‘s band, The Nasty Delicious – Look for the comedian to set things off with an explicit set. He created the band years ago to support his comic stand-up acts. “Imagine Eddie Murphy playing with Earth, Wind & Fire,” Craig describes. “That’s what I’m going for. But it might come out like your cousin Leroy playing with the church choir.”

2) Drake channeling UGK’s Pimp C. – It’s no secret that hip-hop’s most talented youngster is a huge fan of the Underground Kingz. He regularly collaborates with Bun B. So it was no surprise when the 23-year-old came out to rap Pimp C’s verse on “Get Throwed” with Bun. He earned the biggest cheers and squeals from the audience.

3) Lil Jon and Paul Wall‘s comedy combo – Before last night, the only thing most expected would come of putting Jon and Wall in the same room was a lot of noise and bedazzling, jeweled grins. But there’s more: They’re funny guys. In one sketch, the producer and rapper attempt to give a lost man directions. Their Southern slang gets in the way, leaving the lost man even more confused. Thank goodness for GPS.

4) Bow Wow’s show-stealing surprise – Jermaine Dupri‘s segment was easily the livest. Diddy came out to assist the the producer on “Welcome to Atlanta.” But the highlight came when Kris Kross’ “Jump” came blaring out of the speakers. Rapper Bow Wow rose out the audience wearing a Yankees jersey and jean shorts backwards in true Kris Kross fashion, rapping to the Dupri-produced 90s jam. In case you forgot, “inside-out is wiggity wiggity wiggity wack!”

Looking forward to the show this Monday? Who is you favorite hip-hop act from down South? Let us know.

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  • Hitmayne

    REASON #5 – Master P’s No LIMIT with GUCCI MANE & Mystikal stable of track performances was the most energetic performance of the night, everyone in the building was gettin rowdy and had the biggest pop of the night…ending with Big P On the Stage holding the #1 up high!!!

    • jay

      I think this will help relaunch Little Bow wows career, he’s going straight back to the top! His next album will sell at least 500,000 in it’s first week. LOL, man rap music sucks.

  • JACK HART

    REASON # 4 LEFT OUT THE REASON ON WHYT KRISS KROSS DIDN’T HONOR HIM BECAUSE HE PIMPED BOTH GUYS OUT ON DRUGS & WOMEN WHEN THEY WERE PRE-TEENS. BOW WOW ONLY RECENTLY RECONCILED WITH JERMAINE. DID ANY OF HIS SO-SO DEF ARTISTS COME 2 HONR HIM ?? HMM??

  • Signing Off

    I’m having a hard time seeing how it is disrespectful to honor an entire region/sub-genre.
    I think Scarface just wants his own moment in the spotlight (and, let’s be honest, he deserves it).
    I think it’s a great idea to honor the Dirty South. It puts the entire region on par with the other legends that have been honored individually. And it’s a good reminder to a west-coast boy like myself of all the classic stuff to have come from the South.
    Let’s also hope that VH1 uses this perfect platform to drum up support for the coastal areas that have been/will be affected by the BP oil spill.

  • oatis

    Yo i got THIRD ROW AISLE!!! tix for sale to see my man FA-BO-LO-US this weekend…check it out at station square in Pitt but you gotta email me for the real details

  • A J

    Some of my Southern favorites:

    UGK, Geto Boys, Ludacris, Wayne, 8 Ball and MJG, Slim Thug, Trae, Outkast, T.I., Jeezy, Chamillionaire many more

  • Jimmy

    Isn’t Drake from the opposite of the Dirty South? Hello Canada!

  • Teach You

    KRIS KROSS!!

  • weivlal

    Hey, can someone tell me what the name of the last song Jermaine and Bow Wow performed. The beat tune is stuck in my head and I can’t remember the name though. Wanted to look it up on itunes. The song was a summer banger a few years back.

    • weivlal

      nevermind I found it. Fresh Azimiz

  • Ntoes

    Bummer Kristen, I can really rletae! Not only can back not with stand carrying a bag, but have a camera hang around my neck longer then 30 min and I blackout! My photo days are over. Please be carefull.

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