VH1’s ‘Hip Hop Honors’ Heads Down South
VH1's popular show 'Hip Hop Honors' will be returning once again, and this year it's heading down south. The award show, which is in its seventh season, has announced plans to honor southern rap's founding fathers, celebrating legends like Jermaine Dupri, J. Prince, Luther "Luke" Campbell amongst other southern rap pioneers.
Dupri, Prince and Campbell launched some of rap's most innovative and successful record labels, and sold millions of records over the last two decades. Campbell's Luke Skyywalker Records was founded in 1985, releasing albums by Luke's controversial group 2 Live Crew. J. Prince launched the legendary Houston label Rap-A-Lot in 1986, releasing groundbreaking albums by the Geto Boys, Scarface and Ganksta NIP, while Dupri joined the party in 1993 with his extremely popular Atlanta label So So Def.
During his career, "Uncle Luke" Campbell won a battle against the Supreme Court over sample clearance as well as several high-profile censorship cases, and paved the way for the "Miami Bass" sound. "I am happy for my fans, they have sent the people that run the VH1 Hip Hop Honors show emails for years now, asking why a person that started his own record label and went to the Supreme Court can't get honored, so I am happy for them," Campbell said in a recent statement.
Though excited to be honored, Luke also threw a shot at the show's producers, complaining that the southern love is too little, too late. "We are the outcasts on that day, the outcasts will get their five minutes. I am sure the show will be about the others," Campbell said. "My fans are the only reason I am doing this. I said f--k this after they did Too Short before me."
The 2010 'VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South' tapes June 3, and airs June 7 at 9PM EST.