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LORD NOSE
09-26-2009, 10:29 AM
Prior to jumping onstage on Wednesday's (September 23) Hip Hop Honors, celebrating Def Jam's 25th Anniversary, XXLMag.com caught up with the always outspoken KRS-One to speak on the label's legacy.

While the teacher expressed his love and respect for the Def Jam brand, he also fingered them as the reason for hip-hop's demise.

"Def Jam is the dopest label in hip-hop, in the culture of hip-hop," he said. "There really would be no hip-hop as we know it today if it wasn't for Def Jam. But you don't get that respect without also being the label that single-handedly destroyed hip-hop."

When asked to elaborate KRS had a list of complaints about the storied brand. "Every time you think of what's wrong with hip-hop, the lyrics, the commercialized music, one artist being played on the radio all day, things like that, that's all Def Jam," he continued. "We respect it. It's a respect cause we all competing, so Def Jam had the hardest competition, but the hardest competition as I showed the respect, I also showed the truth. And the truth is everybody else had to sit down so Def Jam could be who they are."

As previously reported, KRS joined D.C. up-and-comer Wale and Travis McCoy of the Gym Class Heroes for a rendition of the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep til Brooklyn" during Wednesday night's taping. The 6th Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors airs at 9 p.m on October 13.

CharlesJones
09-26-2009, 02:28 PM
Who are the hip hop honorees this year? KRS has a point but Def Jam isn't the only label that has killed hip hop. Several record companies are to blame for only promoting that wack shit now they call rap when it should be called crap/pop.

spiggity_ace
09-26-2009, 09:15 PM
Lol no rappers are getting honored this year just the execs n founders of def jam when theirs rappers like g rap, btnh ugk, etc that dont get in.

CharlesJones
09-27-2009, 02:18 PM
I don't even bother looking at Hip Hop Honors that much anyway because there's several good rappers that haven't even been honored. These rap award shows make me laugh because the shit is so wack. BET now has a rap awards show and it's gonna be hosted by Mike Epps. I think it's gonna be next month. I ain't watching that wack shit.

LORD ZERO
10-31-2009, 04:30 PM
I don't even bother looking at Hip Hop Honors that much anyway because there's several good rappers that haven't even been honored. These rap award shows make me laugh because the shit is so wack. BET now has a rap awards show and it's gonna be hosted by Mike Epps. I think it's gonna be next month. I ain't watching that wack shit.

seeing real hip hop on mainstream television has been pretty much next to impossible since 2000 and fuck EACH AND EVERY LAST ONE of these TRASH ass sheep ceremonies

CharlesJones
12-26-2012, 01:44 PM
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha