After being gone for 6 years, VH1’s Hip Hop Honors returned last night to pay homage to the lady pioneers of Hip Hop in its theme All Hail the Queens. Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, and Salt-N-Pepa were honored with Eve as host. This was way overdue to honor women who paved the way for other women in the industry to have a space in Hip-Hop. But also it allowed women to go beyond music and venture in TV, film, theatre, cosmetics, fashion. These are women that definitely represented strength, and confidence, especially in their sexuality.
Here are my reviews on the tributes:
- Eve, Remy Ma, Nelly Furtado, Trina, and Lil Mo
I remember when Missy first came out with The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly), everybody was talking about how weird the video was as she served us something totally out of the box visually. Missy continued the trend with many other visually amazing videos and dance routines.
- Yo Yo, Monie Love, Da Brat, Lady of Rage, and Rah Digga
I remember when the Black Reign album came out and everybody was singing U.N.I.T.Y. I was never that good memorizing rap lyrics so I went home and played the song over and over to write them down (no Google or Rap Genius back then, lol). The next day, I was rapping along with everybody. Winky's Theme was another song I loved where Latifah delivered a very emotional and powerful vocal performance. Definitely a precursor to her later venturing into Jazz.
Salt - N- Pepa
- Eve, Ashanti, KeKe Palmer, Dreezy
I remember as a kid watching the Push it video and trying to do the dance. To this day, who doesn't still do the dance when the song comes on?
- The Lox, French Montana, Rich Homie Quan, Teyana Taylor, Desiigner, and Dej Loaf
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The best part was the closing performance when Latifah performed U.N.I.T.Y. and was joined by many female MCs who's been in the game and gave them their props. That summed it up right there. . .ALL HAIL TO THE QUEENS!!