There’s about 60 or so hours until the 2008 Hip Hop Honors show kicks off, but you’d think it was this afternoon by the looks of the stage at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Lit up like an arcade, it’s a truly worthy temple of hip-hop.
But the stage is icing – a nicely wrapped present compared to the action going down on it. After a brief interlude, Naughty By Nature emerge from their 7th floor rehearsals to check out their upcoming performance spot. Sitting on the steps, posing for pictures in what will be their honorary thrones for the evening, Vin Rock and Treach look genuinely excited. As the group sits out on the balcony while some middle-aged production dude awkwardly dances and lip-syncs on stage during a run-through of the group’s hit “O.P.P.”, you gotta wonder what’s going through their heads.
After a brief technical difficulty (Treach: “This sh*t has to be hot so I can do the intro!”) the guys launch into “Uptown Anthem,” the forever celebratory “Hip Hop Hooray,” and then a sick version of an acapella, which we happen to have a little footage of above. We’ll be posting on the action from the show site all day Wednesday and Thursday. Come back for more news and video.
Watch Hip Hop Honors on VH1 on Monday, October 6 at 10 pm.