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This Fast-Paced Documentary On 1977 NYC Shows Hip-Hop’s Playground (Video)

From The Get Down to The Deuce, 1970s New York City has become a recent beacon of pop culture inspiration. At the time, the Big Apple seemed defined by countercultures. Within the five boroughs, politics, sex, crime, and the fight for equal rights would help shape critical advancements in music,... Read more

Trick Daddy, Trina, Silkk The Shocker, and Xscape Pay Tribute To Jermaine Dupri & Master P (Video)

Last night (September 18), VH1's Hip Hop Honors saluted the "game-changers" of the 1990s. Celebrating a decade remembered for bringing the music of southern cities like Atlanta, New Orleans, and Memphis to the mainstream, it fit that Hip Hop Honors paid tribute to Jermaine Dupri and Master P. Not only... Read more

2017’s Hip Hop Honors Will Salute Martin Lawrence

For more than a decade, VH1's Hip Hop Honors has been a stage that honors key contributors to the music and culture. Launched in 2004, honorees include founder DJ Kool Herc, Big Daddy Kane, Beastie Boys, Salt N Pepa, Wu-Tang Clan, Slick Rick, and A Tribe Called Quest, among many... Read more

Snoop Dogg May Receive An Emmy Award Before Getting A Grammy

After 18 nominations, Snoop Dogg has never received a Grammy award in his 25-year music career. Tha Doggfather, whose trophy case does boast an American Music Award and a BET Award, may soon earn an Emmy. The Grammys Are Making Changes To Do Better By Rap. Now Maybe Snoop &... Read more

Angie Stone & The Sequence Explain How They’re Being Robbed Of Their Place In History

Last summer, women in Rap music were celebrated at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, a televised spectacle with Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, Lil' Kim, and Eve as honorees. Certainly not the only women who have contributed to the culture's growth, these women being singled out and honored in such a ceremonious... Read more

“The Breaks” Is Returning For Another Season And Moving To A New Channel

This month, The Breaks aired its first season as an episodic show. Set at the top of the 1990s, the series follows the lives and movements of several young people trying to make it in the music industry. From DJ/producers, aspiring record execs, to radio, the show created by author... Read more

Rob Swift Shows Why “The Breaks” Is The Most Authentic TV Show About Hip-Hop

On April 10, The Breaks completed the airing of its first season as a series. What began as a 2016 film for television extended for eight 2017 episodes. With actor, artist and director Mack Wilds portraying "Daryl 'DeeVee' Van Putten, Jr." in the Vh1 show, the cast also includes Hip-Hop figures such... Read more

Jim Jones Gets Teary Detailing His Sacrifices For Cam’ron & Dipset (Video)

Yesterday (February 8), it was announced that Jim Jones signed to Jay Z's Roc Nation. The same night, the Bronx, New York native and onetime The Diplomats mainstay appeared on Funkmaster Flex's show. There, Jim sat for more than an hour, and cleared the table on his frustrations with Cam'ron—a... Read more

For Those Feenin’ For More R&B Biopics… The Story Of Jodeci Is Coming (Video)

In the last month, New Edition's biopic set ratings records during its three-night television mini-series. The New Edition Story aired on BET, and told the story of Bobby Brown, Michael Bivens, Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, and later member Johnny Gill with the group functioning as producers. The event... Read more

Lil’ Kim Explains In Detail What Led Up To Rich Homie Quan Forgetting Biggie’s Lyrics

On Monday night (July 11) Lil' Kim was among those celebrated at the return of Hip-Hop Honors. For more than 20 years, the Brooklyn, New York representative has amassed a platinum solo career, along with acclaimed work with Junior M.A.F.I.A. The onetime protege of The Notorious B.I.G. would win Grammy... Read more

Vh1’s Hip-Hop Honors Is Returning & Celebrating The Ladies First

It's been six years since Vh1 aired its "Hip-Hop Honors" television special, but that's not the only reason why the return of the broadcast on July 11 is making headlines. For the first time ever, it will feature a lineup of honorees consisting entirely of women whose contributions to music... Read more

Vh1’s The Breaks Will Expand Into Full Series

Last month (January 4), Vh1 premiered a made-for-TV movie The Breaks. Partially based on Dan Charnas' book, The Big Payback, the series starred Hip-Hop artists ranging from Method Man to Phonte, Torae to Prince Paul, among others. The leading roles belonged to R&B sensation Mack Wilds, as well as Afton... Read more

Stream “The Breaks” and Hear DJ Premier’s First Film Score (Video)

On Monday night (January 4), Vh1 premiered The Breaks. The film, inspired by Dan Charnas' book, The Big Payback, dramatically captures three Hip-Hop hopefuls living in 1990 New York City. One dreams to work at a hit Rap management firm. Another character wants to be a successful producer, and discover... Read more

MC Hammer Is Not Pleased By “The Breaks” Film. He Fires Back At His Critics

On Monday night (January 4), Vh1 premiered film, The Breaks. An adaptation of Dan Charnas' The Big Payback, the dramatic work follows three Hip-Hop hopefuls living in 1990 New York City. With executive music producer DJ Premier, the film colored the era with music by Ultramagnetic MCs, Kool G Rap... Read more

DJ Chuck Chillout Has “The Breaks” To Revisit 1990 In Style (Mix)

DJ Chuck Chillout has nearly 35 years of making soundwaves special and parties pop. The Bronx, New York DJ/producer brought his sonic style to New York City signals such as KISS and WBLS in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as the biggest clubs. Also a mentor to Buckshot and... Read more

Why Many Black Radio Stations Refused to Play Hip-Hop in the ’90s

Dan Charnas is a celebrated author whose book The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop is a masterful road map to the people, places, and events that helped contribute to the culture's emergence into mainstream and financial dominance, both behind-the-scenes and in headlines. Part of his tome... Read more

“The Breaks” Film Captures The Essence of 90s Hip-Hop Down to the DJ Premier Soundtrack (Video)

Last night (12/14), Vh1 had a screening of its upcoming film, The Breaks. The event took place at Harlem's acclaimed Red Rooster restaurant, hosted by owner Chef Marcus Samuelsson. Several key members of the production were present, including director and writer Seith Mann (Homeland, Ballers, The Walking Dead, Californication), writer... Read more

DJ Premier To Score Upcoming Film on The History of the Business of Hip-Hop (News)

The legendary DJ Premier has announced the next move in his already diverse and groundbreaking music career. VH1 has chosen the Gang Starr producer to compose, score and take on the role of executive music producer for their upcoming original movie The Breaks. The film will be written, directed and... Read more

Joe Budden Looks Into The Camera To Let One Of His Exes Know It’s Real (Video)

Following the release of "Ordinary Love Shit, Part 4 (Keep Running)," Joe Budden lets you know it's real, with the video. From a perhaps metaphoric cell, Joe looks the camera in the lens and tells it as it is, to him. This is masterful relationship rap from one of the... Read more

Tommy Hilfiger Gear & Death Row Records’ Reign Covered In Part 3 Of The Tanning Of America (Video)

Yesterday (February 26), Steve Stoute's week-long, four-part documentary series, The Tanning Of America, continued on Vh1. Part Three ("Gimme The Loot"), aired. The third installment highlighted commercial Hip-Hop's plateau in the mid-1990s, including the uber-success of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Death Row Records (and how New York Hip-Hop reacted).... Read more

Harlem Fashion, Beastie Boys & Arsenio Hall Profiled In Part Two Of The Tanning Of America (Video)

Following yesterday's (February 25) full stream of part one (of four), called "Word Is Bond," from Steve Stoute's The Tanning Of America documentary series on VH1, part two (titled "Fight The Power") is now available. This chapter highlights Hip-Hop's ushering in of The Beastie Boys, a landmark group for being... Read more

Ghostface Killah Joins the Cast of Couples Therapy?? What’s Next, Raekwon on Iron Chef? (Video)

When Flavor Flav joined the cast of The Surreal Life back in 2004, it was like a punch in the gut. Even though Flav had always been the foil to Chuck D (the reminder of America's nightmare) it was a satire in which we were all participating. When he stepped... Read more

Jill Scott – Storytellers (Full Video)

Here's the full video for Jill Scott's Vh1 Storytellers. Related: Pharoahe Monch - Still Standing featuring Jill Scott (Video)... Read more

Jill Scott Storytellers Sneak Preview (Video)

Vh1 is doing a Storytellers featuring Jill Scott. If you've ever been fortunate enough to see her live, you know how special this is going to be. If not, get ready. Here's a sneak preview of the Storytellers--a full clip of her performing Blessed. Check it out below. The full... Read more

Missy Elliott has always been one to push the boundaries of hip-hop and pop culture, generally.

She has been a pioneer musically and visually for nearly 15 years and she is the only female MC to have 6 platinum albums. Vh1 recently did a Behind the Music telling Missy's story. Check out the full episode here.... Read more