Icons of rap were honored at the third annual Hip Hop Honors for the VH1 music channel – which will air on television Tuesday, Oct. 17th. Among the pioneers of hip-hop honored were MC Lyte, Ice Cube, Afrika Bambaataa, Russell Simmons, Rakim and the Beastie Boys.
The ceremony, which included posthumous honors going to Eazy-E and ODB, featured performances from Lil’ Kim (her first since being released from jail earlier in the year) – who was joined by Remy Ma and Da Brat to honor MC Lyte.
Lil’ Eazy-E took the stage to honor his father’s music along with Young Jeezy and Bone Thugs and Harmony – who are considered Eazy-E’s protégées. The night also saw performances from Diddy, Fabolous and Q-Tip – who took the stage to honor some of the Beastie Boys’ early hits.
But the show was far from somber. Lil’ Kim, performing for the first time since being released from jail earlier this year, donned sweats as she, Remy Ma and Da Brat took the stage to honor MC Lyte.
The show also saw acclaimed actor Forest Whitaker take the stage to honor the rap group Wu-Tang Clan. The actor state he was a fan of the group because they separated themselves from other rappers with a blend of philosophy and unique performers.
The show was hosted by controversial rapper and last year honoree Ice-T.