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VH1’s 2009 Hip Hop Honors

September 25, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

VH1 will air the 2009 Hip Hop Honors on Tuesday, October 13th. The sixth annual honors show will have range of stars paying respect to Def Jam Records, as they celebrate 25 years as the premier label for hip hop. Tracy Morgan will host the show, with appearances and performances by Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Chris Rock, The Roots, Public Enemy and Kid Rock, just to name a few.

Def Jam was founded by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin in 1984 in New York. The label made hip hop a worldwide phenomenon by introducing groundbreaking artists like RUN-DMC, The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and Kanye West. Def Jam has expanded into all aspects of our culture by branching into fashion, TV, film and videogames.

Lee Rolontz, EVP of Music Production at VH1 said that, “It is impossible to pay tribute to the best in hip hop without recognizing Def Jam Records. Throughout the years VH1 has honored numerous artists from the Def Jam label, but due to the magnificent impact that Def Jam as a company has made on not only hip hop culture but pop culture as a whole, we thought they definitely deserved the opportunity to be honored.”

America’s Badass

August 12, 2009

Written by: Khadeeja Coonrod

“You Never Met A Motherfucker Quite Like Me!” is what I want to hear as I open a can of Badass Beer. Yes, that’s right, BADASS BEER. The only flaw about what I’m saying to you is that I don’t have any Badass Beer to drink but if anyone does, please let me drink with you and don’t forget to salute the man behind this beer, Kid Rock. The first ones to try the drink were the ones who went to Comerica Park that took place July 17 and July 18 2009. Badass Beer beer has been described as an American style lager that has a light beer taste to it without the nasty after taste that all beers seem to come with. This signature beer should be available Labor Day.

Detroit’s rock artist is working on a follow up to his 2007 album, Rock N Roll Jesus and so far has finished 12 songs. Kid Rock (real name is Robert James Ritchie) ended up cancelling a tour to continue his artistic flow in completing songs. He stayed home to get work done in the studio instead of going on tour. The album is scheduled to come out in November 2009.

1990 was the year when Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast came out and was Kid Rock’s debut album, however, it wasn’t praised too highly due to the content of the album which includes a song about oral sex, Yo Da Lin In Da Valley. This first album already hinted at his music picks with rock and country mixed with rap.

Devil Without A Cause was his next album to come out in 1998 and that’s the spark that shot up Kid Rocks stardom. These were the days when Kid Rock had Joe C along for the ride. This was when TRL was still happening and your host was Carson Daly. Kid Rock’s songs, Bawitdaba and Cowboy were instant hits with fans.

In 2002, Cocky was released but it didn’t do as well as the previous album however, the song Picture which Kid Rock did as a duet with Sheryl Crow was a single that made it to gold and is counted as his most successful pop song in the states.

Rock N Roll Jesus came out in 2007 and had included the instant hit, All Summer Long; a song that took Lynard Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama and Warren Zevon’s Werewolf in London and mixed the two into one.

On August 6, 2009 Kid Rock gave Ohio pizza delivery driver, Harry Colyer, a check for $1,500 after Harry was beaten during a robbery. Kid Rock had read about the incident (while in town for a concert during July, 2009) in the The Cincinnati Enquirer and wanted to help.

Kid Rock has been in movies which include: Joe Dirt, Biker Boyz, and Hancock. He’s been nominated for five grammys. He has a band called Twisted Brown Trucker. He is known as both a rapper and a rock N’ roller. He’s one of a few who can incorporate country into his music and have it be a smash.