“What took us so long to honor our Queens,…I came here tonight to honor my sister, Lil Kim.” – Sean Diddy Combs
The last time Hip Hop Honors aired was June 7, 2010 and hosted by The Office’s Craig Robinson. The show’s honorees included 2 Live Crew, Luther “Luke” Campbell, J. Prince, Jermaine Dupri, Master P, Organized Noise, and Timbaland. Performances were done by Lil Jon, Bone Crusher, Bun B, Missy Elliot, Nelly, Chamillionaire, Mystikal, Bow Wow, Dem Franchize Boyz, Slim Thug, T-Pain, Rick Ross, Asher Roth, Gucci Mane, Trina, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Silkk The Shocker and more. The theme was Dirty South paying tribute to some of the biggest names holding the hip hop game down for the South.
This year’s show was hosted by Eve and gave tribute to women who have contributed and sacrificed for the cause of Hip-Hop. Tributes were saluted to Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, Salt-N-Pepa and DJ Spinderella as Hip Hop Honors female pioneers of the early rap game. Faith Evans presented Lil Kim with her tribute with a bit of humor as she couldn’t help but to reminisce about the so-called “beef” they once had. Lil Kim’s platonic lover was Faith Evans “Baby Dad” and Husband in the end as we all know. Lil Kim however was branded by the late Notorious B.I.G. Sean “Diddy” Combs took to the stage to surprise Lil Kim with a special birthday speech that I’m sure touched her heart and a big birthday cake of roses, just cause it’s her birthday. The hip-hop mogul then led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to the Queen Bee.
There were other unexpected surprise we could’ve dealt without, like witnessing Rich Homie Quan totally f#ck up Biggie’s verse to “Crush on You” featuring Lil Kim…Fat Joe was seen looking from the balcony like wth?! Along with a bewildered crowd. (like this isnt happening right now…audience cell phones out) No one expected Rich Homie Quan to mess up the verse of one of the greatest rappers of all time. Im not sure why he even went on the stage not knowing. He must have thought there was a teleprompter. It’s safe to say Twitter is reading Rich Homie Quan his rights as I type. Watch a bit of the horror here, I had to cover my eyes smh.
UPDATE: Rich Homie Quan published on Instagram his apology for his performance and apologized to Lil Kim, Biggie, New York and the Fans. Lil Kim replied saying simply:
“People make mistakes and things happen sometimes that we can’t fix or undo…If you guys only knew the technical difficulties that went on behind the scenes.” – Lil Kim
On the brighter side of performances tributes to Lil Kim, French Montana, the Lox, Teyana Taylor and Lil Mama came out to honor The Queen Bee and slaaayyyyed her classic tracks “All About The Benjamin’s” from 96-97 hits featuring The Notorious B.I.G. Junior Mafia and Diddy. The outfits were on point and the Lox were looking awesome as always portraying Junior Mafia and looking very good while doing it in all black. #Boss
Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott and Salt-N-Pepa were honored also during the Honors show. Five of the most me memorable women who deserve their own Biopics were shared with the world included Lik Kim, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, Sylvia Robinson and Queen Latifah. Queen Latifah accepts her tribute as we go back to U.N.I.T.Y. days. Her album was actually entitled “All Hail to the Queen” in 1989. Queen Latifah has long been an advocate in demanding equal rights for women and promoting feminism. The night was really in tribute to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement and the founders who are catapulting the fact that all lives matter despite the race or social status. Common made a tribute to Diamond Reynolds, the fiancee of Philando Castile and the “Every Day Black Woman.”
Pharrell paid tribute to Missy Elliott as the two have an eclectic sound that helped shape Hip Hop as we know it. Salt-N-Pepa Featuring DJ Spinderella a beautiful blast from past looking like they haven’t aged a day from when I was a little girl….(wasn’t that long ago, but long enough…don’t ask) Ashanti came through to perform as well as Eve, Fat Joe and Remy Ma stunted the stage. Jazmine Sullivan floated through with her Island gal curves singing beautifully. Along with other appearances and host the night was all Love and tribute to honor some of the most inspiring and successful women of Hip-Hop.