VH1 aired its Def Jam-centered Hip Hop Honors show last night, featuring homages to Def Jam greats like the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and Run DMC. Above is a video of the Roots, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Eminem performing LL’s “Rock the Bells” and below is a video roundup of a few other performances.
Wale, KRS-One and Gym Class Heroes Cover “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”
I don’t think Gym Class Heroes count as hip-hop, but they are the only non-Roots hip-hop band that was available for this segment, apparently, so they help KRS-One and Wale do a cover of the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” which is dominated by KRS.
Method Man and Mary J. Blige Perform “I’ll Be There For You” and “All I Need to Get By”
Method Man took some time off from evading taxes to perform his seminal rap R&B joint “All I Need to Get by” (and “I’ll Be There for You”), in a performance that featured more awkward dancing per capita than any other performance last night.
Warren G and Trey Songz Do “Regulate”
As someone whose favorite drunk party jam is Nate Dogg and Warren G’s “Regulate,” my favorite performance from last night was Warren G and newcomer Trey Songz doing “Regulate.” Even if Trey and Warren G changed the lyrics (“I glance in the cut and I see my homie Trey” doesn’t sound right), it was still loyal to the original.