Chris Lighty Tribute, BET Hip Hop Awards 2012: Missy Elliott, Q-Tip & More Perform — Video
The 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards honored fallen music executive Chris Lighty Tuesday night (Oct. 9), uniting enemies and bringing friends together on one stage.
LL Cool J, an artist signed to Lighty's Violator Management company, commenced the tribute by calling out the fact that the music mogul was "my friend." Noticeably sad, he welcomed A Tribe Called Quest members Q-Tip and Phife Dawg to take the stage, where they performed their classic hip-hop ode "Award Tour."
"Keep your Ls up," Q-Tip asked of those in the audience, prompting them to hold their fingers in the shape of the initial representing Lighty's last name. "If it wasn't for Chris you wouldn't hear music like this."
Busta Rhymes then came out to rock the stage, grabbing the crowd's attention with his 1997 hit, "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See," off his When Disaster Strikes LP.
Fat Joe followed with his rap ode "Lean Back" and Missy Elliott shocked those in attendance when she came out sporting a black leather jacket emblazoned with a studded leather "V" to spit lyrics from her 2001 song "Get Ur Freak On."
In a surprising turn, 50 Cent, whose had a long-standing public beef with Joe, shared the performance space with the Terror Squad leader while closing out the set with "I Get Money," from his Curtis album.
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