Scarface Boycotts VH1’s ‘Hip Hop Honors’
Hip-hop veterans Uncle Luke and Tony Draper recently voiced their displeasure with this year's VH1 'Hip Hop Honors', which will honor the 'Dirty South.' Both emcees opted out of participation in the annual show, and now Texas rapper Scarface will join them in sitting this one out.
In a heated rant, Scarface vented to Ozone magazine that he would not be attending the show because he felt disrespect for being boxed into such a narrow category. "I was nominated, but I declined to accept because I don't wanna be classified as just 'Dirty South.'"
"I'm Hip Hop man. I'm not going because I feel slighted. Even though it was a nice gesture, I feel like it's just a pacifier. They're like, 'Let's give these n----s down there a pacifier so they can stop feeling left out. We'll make Luke and all these n----s down there look funny,' you know?"
The outspoken emcee made it clear that his beef was not necessarily with the award show itself, but with the way they approached this year's category. He explained that, although he had participated in several previous 'Hip Hop Honors,' VH1's 'Dirty South' theme seemed more of a mockery than an honor. "I went to [Hip Hop Honors] when they honored Def Jam because I wanted to be a part of that. I felt honored that they would even call me to do it. But this year, I totally disagree with how they're trying to categorize us," he said. "You know how they make us look on TV? Like we live on the front porch with flies and s--- flying around us, with our stomachs all big, eating watermelon rings. Don't f----- make a mockery of us because we come from down there and you have no f----- idea what it looks like."
After revisiting the struggle it took to get Southern hip-hop on the map, Scarface said that he just wasn't willing to let the show tarnish everything he and his fellow Southern rappers have worked hard to achieve."For an East Coast-based show to call themselves showing some f----- love by making a Southern watered-down version of what the show is supposed to be or what Hip Hop really is, man, I feel fucked up about that s---"
VH1's 'Hip Hop Honors' airs June 7, 2010.