Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, M.O.P. & More Celebrate LOUD Records

Tonight (October 4), BET aired its annual Hip Hop Awards. Hosted by Fat Joe, the night was meant to celebrate Hip-Hop’s finest, both old and new. The big winner of the night was Kendrick Lamar, who took home awards for artist of the year, album of the year, video director and lyricist of the year, in connection with his Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers album. He also shared the best video award with his cousin Baby Keem, for their “Family Ties” collaboration. Other winners included Drake, who tied with himself for verse of the year (“Churchill Downs” and “Wait For U”) and EarthGang (Best Duo or Group).

In addition to celebrating contemporary artists, the show also paid homage to Hip-Hop’s legends. Trina as presented with the I Am Hip Hop Award, an icon award that has gone to Rakim, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, KRS-One and more. One of the show’s biggest highlights, however, was a star-studded tribute to LOUD Records.

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The record label which was founded by Steve Rifkin was the home to many of the greatest Hip-Hop artists of all-time, many of whom showed up to perform during the 11-minute medley.

Here was the list full list of artists and the songs the performed:

Dead Prez – “It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop”
Mobb Deep – “Quiet Storm” featuring Lil Kim and Joey Bada$$ standing in for the late Prodigy
M.O.P. – “Ante Up” remix featuring Remy Ma
Remy & Fat Joe – “Lean Back?
David Banner – “Like A Pimp” featuring Lil Flip
Project Pat – “Chickenhead”
Three 6 Mafia – “Stay Fly”
Wu-Tang Clan – “Ain’t Nuthin Ta F Wit,” “M.E.T.H.O.D. Man,” “C.R.E.A.M”

During the tribute, Rifkin could be seen enjoying the performance, seemingly as a fan as much as the record label executive behind the litany of hits that have spanned 30 years of Hip-Hop history.

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