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50 Greatest Hip-Hop Artists
Posted on: April 18, 2003 10:10 MST
Filed under: Rap

p. diddy

More than a musical style, hip-hop is a history of American culture, and a testimony by its artists of their life experiences. In 1985, when Run-DMC ordained themselves the "Kings of Rock," in their lyrics of their hit song of the same name, they probably never imagined that one day they would be recognized as such. As the pioneers of hip-hop music, they convinced the world to dance to poetry with a beatbox. They invited anyone who would listen to "Walk This Way" in "My Adidas," all the way to the top of VH1's list of the "50 Greatest Hip-Hop Artists." And in the words of the great Run-DMC themselves, "It's like that! And that's the way it is! Huh!"

Hosted by hip-hop music mogul Sean "P-Diddy" Combs, VH''s "50 Greatest Hip-Hop Artists," premieres on Friday, April 18th at 8:00 P.M. (ET/PT), the two-hour special features provocative interviews with hip-hop music legends Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D., Grandmaster Flash, MC Hammer and KRS-One. Newer artists interviewed include Snoop Dogg, OutKast, Busta Rhymes, Eve, and Nelly.Each offer a unique perspective that pays homage to their predecessors, speaks to future of the music, and proof that hip-hop music has woven itself into the fabric of American music and culture.

VH1's "50 Greatest Hip-Hop Artists" serves as a platform for hip-hop music's superstars of the past, present and future to acknowledge their hip- hop peers. Following is a sample of what some of them had to say:

P-DIDDY on RUN-DMC "They've inspired me so much as an artist, a producer, a businessman, and entertainer. They would have to be hip-hop's greatest entertainers."

BUSTA RHYMES on PUBLIC ENEMY "Public Enemy is probably the greatest thing that ever happened to my experience of hip-hop . . . I think they actually brought the conscious level of hip-hop of the game on an unprecedented level. On a level that was so, so bone chilling that it, it actually put a dent in the Teflon on the government."

ICE-T on TUPAC "You don't become the greatest just by being able to rap good. You become the greatest by being able to touch people . . . that was skill."

NELLY ON THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. "I would say no one was better as far as . . . putting words together. And he showed that, you know. .. the tightest emcees don't always have to be ... quote unquote the 'best looking ones' . . . and the 'best style' and all that. Because Big, Big Dog was smooth, you know what I'm saying."

VH1's "50 Greatest Hip-Hop Artists," is the latest installment of VH1's hit "Greatest" franchise. In our "Greatest" tradition, "50 Greatest Hip-Hop Artists" features archival clips, classic performances and exclusive interviews with the some of the world's greatest entertainers. It also represents VH1's recognition of hip-hop music as a significant music form and the integration of the genre into our music programming repertoire.

Viewers can log onto VH1.com for more information on their favorite hip hop artists at http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/the_greatest/65574/episode.jhtml.

"50 Greatest Hip-Hop Artists" is a VH1 production. Executive Producers are Robert Weiss and Bernie Kaminsky.
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