Snoop Dogg Honored At VH-1 Hip Hop Awards
October 8, 2007 at 5:30 AM (PT)
SNOOP DOGG is usually quick to brag and boast, but even he felt humbled as he was honored for his rap achievements at VH1's fourth annual Hip-Hop Honors. The rapper was lauded along with MISSY ELLIOTt, the '80s rap trio WHOUDINI, A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, music executive ANDRE HARRELL and producer TEDDY RILEY for creating the "New Jack Swing" sound, and FAB FIVE FREDDY and CHARLIE AHERN for the groundbreaking movie "Wildstyle." The event airs on VH1 beginning MONDAY.
Among those on hand to congratulate SNOOP backstage during the honors were Q-TIP from TRIBE and rap legend KRS-ONE, of whom SNOOP asked, "Have I been a good student?" KRS-ONE gave him an approving nod.
"These are guys that I grew up wanting to be like and learning their words and dreaming and hoping and wishing, and now they know who I am and they respect me and they say that my work has put me in the position that I can be commended -- it's unbelievable, I can't believe it," he told THE ASSOCIATED PRESS backstage.
KRS-ONE is hoping to harness the positivity from the Hip Hop Honors for a new project: At the event, he was enlisting artists like SNOOP DOGG to record a new version of his '80s message song "Self-Destruction," an all-star recording that then included acts like QUEEN LATIFAH and BIG DADDY KANE.
"Hip-Hop as a culture is getting a lot of backlash right now for its lyrics, for its public image, and the people are crying out for more responsibility," said KRS-ONE as he explained the need for the new recording.