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Isaac Hayes Commemorated at VH1 Hip-Hop Honors

Hip-hop made room for a tribute to soul legend Isaac Hayes at last night at VH1’s fifth annual ‘Hip-Hop Honors’ ceremony. Held at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, rappers including Chuck D, Scarface and Mos Def all saluted the music pioneer.

The tribute included a melody of some of Hayes’ hits and performances of hip-hop tracks that sampled his music. Scarface performed “My Mind Playing Tricks on Me,” which is a sample from Hayes’ “Hung Up On My Baby” while Chuck D concluded the tribute with ‘Black Steel In the Hour of Chaos,’ which samples ‘Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic.’

The show, to air October 6 on VH-1 was hosted by comedian Tracey Morgan. This year’s honorees were rappers T-Short, Slick Rick and hip-hop groups De La Soul, Cypress Hill, and Naughty by Nature. Attendees and performers included Kid Rock, Eve, Busta Rhymes, MC Lyte and Flavor Flav.

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