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.”