In a way, it’s kind of sad that the network that threw the gauntlet down for quality hip-hop programming was VH-1. After all, when the genre was in full flower, VH-1 was probably best known for throwing down Air Supply and Lionel Richie videos. However, by the time the 21st century rolled around, the network had made it’s peace with the genre, and when they rolled out their annual Hip-Hop Honors program, they not only staked their claim as a viable destination for hip-hop coverage, but they put networks that SHOULD have broadcast shows like this (*cough*BET*cough*) to shame.

One of the best Hip-Hop Honors performances ever was, naturally, a tribute to not only one of the greatest emcees of all time, but also one of hip-hop’s best live performers, Big Daddy Kane. After being tributed by the likes of Common and Black Thought, Kane came out and showed the young bucks how it’s done with an energetic performance and some ill dance moves. THIS is how you rock a hip-hop show, young’ns!

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