VH1 presented “HIP HOP HONORS: THE 90’S GAME CHANGERS” at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, September 17, 2017, and I was right in the middle of everything.
The 90’s style block party on the lot on Brooklyn St. celebrated the golden era of hip-hop and the moment when hip-hop became mainstream across pop culture. Designed by one of the night’s honorees, Hype Williams, the walls of the building were covered with colorful graffiti reminiscing NYC back in the 90’s.
Hosted by Regina Hall, honoring Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Martin Lawrence and Master P and Hype Williams will air on Monday, September 18th at 9PM ET/PT on VH1.
Missy Elliot was the first to perform and she started the show in style emerging from a water tank in a black trench coat performing 90’s hit “She’s a Bitch,” surrounded by dancers and parkour performers.
DJ Khaled’s son, Asahd Khaled, stole the show when he took the stage with his father to honor Mariah Carey; together they introduced Mariah’s show-stopping performance of “Honey” which made everyone very excited; the performance featured a tricked out jet ski, a golden ‘honey’ helicopter and special appearances by Da Brat, Jermaine Dupree, Mase and The Lox. For some reason, Mariah had to do a second take on her performance that included a sexy dance with her on-off boyfriend Bryan Tanaka.
Pharrell Williams presented Hype Williams with his award, he took a moment to deliver a heartfelt message about the current political climate, encouraging everyone to “Open your eyes and if you look like I look you know how you got here, and we are here and not leaving, so what are we gonna do?, and for everybody else in this country the human condition is important, don’t think just because they coming after the African-American, they coming at the Jewish community, they coming at the Hispanics, they can’t beat you too just because you look like them, they are using you, you should understand that.”
“They keep talking about a wall, but the enemy is this divisive this mentality, it's on this side of the wall guys and girls it's already here.” he continued, “This is America it's with liberty and justice for all thank you.”
Trick, Trina, Romeo, Silk The Shocker and XSCAPE performed a special medley celebrating the rise of hip-hop in the South before honoring Jermaine Dupri and Master P with their awards.
Fat Joe and Rema Ma performed “Not a Player,” Warren G performed “Regulate” with Ty Dolla $ign, XSCAPE performing TLC’s “No Scrubs,” and Ty Dolla $ign did a special rendition of Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.”
Kelly Rowland introduced Lil Kim, Havoc and Fabolous to the stage who performed “Quiet Storm” in tribute to the late Prodigy (of Mobb Deep.) When Lil Kim arrived to walk the red carpet she was very nervous and she had an entourage of three huge bodyguards, a make-up and hair stylist, they touched her up every minute. After her performance, she sat in the audience relaxed with Fat Joe.
Lamorne Morris, Affion Crocket and Regina Hall were super funny when each took a turn interrupting Tischina Arnold as she presented Martin Lawrence with his award, dressed as characters from his famous television show “Martin.”
Faith Evans, who told me exclusively “I am happy to be here and happy to be part of 90’s music, it’s s great moment and to be part of it’s a blessing.” She continued, “ I am always happy to come out and honor those who were part of."
Also there Timbaland, Blac Chyna, Karrueche Tran, Nene Leakes, Rosci Diaz, “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” cast members Keyshia Cole, Michelle Pooch, Miss Nikki Baby, Teairra Marie, Booby, and Amara La Negra, “Scared Famous” cast members Eva Marcille, Don Benjamin, Erica Mena.
Selma Fonseca and Blac Chyna