This year VH1 decided to honor a few of the most talented, beautiful and trendsetting femcees the rap game has ever seen. I have to tell you, it was a star-studded celebration with no hating and nothing but love for women who helped kick down doors and create lanes for many of hip hop’s female rappers today. Salt N’ Pepa & Spin, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott and Lil Kim are the Queens of the night.
I don’t even know where to start, because there is so much to discuss with you all. In all honesty, i loved all of the red carpet looks minus a few mishaps lol but ima keep it positive. The show started out by honoring Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott and i was really hoping to see her perform somewhere throughout the night. Instead we got Remy Ma who brought her slow drag rap to what was supposed to be an upbeat Missy. Oh, but she came alive during the TS performance of “All The Way Up”…blah! On a different note, Eve, Nelly Furtado and Trina was definitely the highlight of her tribute. One of the most powerful things that came out about Missy was from Angie Martinez who said “Missy believed in her talent, her beauty, and her skills”, which is what made her the Queen and Icon that she has become. She was also serenaded by Fantasia, Monica and Tweet who sang (yes sang) a couple of hits that she wrote for them. Is it me or did Fanny get hella thick (in a great way).
Next up was the Queen..Latifah that is, and just like the performer she is, she graced the stage and opened her dedication herself with her hit “Come Into My House.” Yasss Latifah take me back! Rah Digga, Lady of Rage, Treach, Yo-Yo, Da Brat and Monie Love performed a few hits of Latifah’s throughout the years. What took the cake though, was Ms. Betty White reciting the lyrics to U.N.I.T.Y. lol classic moment. Was i the only one who thought that Treach was sexy as ever with his salt n pepper beard and took us on a flashback to the 90’s when Naughty by Nature performed Hip Hop Hooray?! I know i wasn’t the only one thinking this. Speaking of Salt N’ Pepa and Spinderella, the beautiful ladies of OITNB started out their presentation with Dascha Polanco slaying all her thickness and Taryn Manning slurring over her words. However, the show must continue and it did with Eve performing one of my faves Shoop, Ashanti rapping Whatta man and the Dreezy/Keke Palmer duo Push’n It. Of course the Slut Walk Queen Amber Rose had to come out and do her rendition of Let’s Talk About Sex, but i hated it. Moving on…Salt N’ Pepa reminisced on their 1st tour (Wipeout Tour) with The Fat Boys and still being blessed to sell out arenas 30 years later. It would have been dope to see Pepa’s daughter Egypt perform one of her songs.
And Last but certainly not least, the Original Queen Bee (Artist &Provocateur) Lil Kim was introduced by fellow bad boy member Faith Evans and surprised by Diddy with a huge birthday cake. Happy Birthday Queen Bee! Her beautiful daughter Royal Reign was in the building while The Lox, Lil Mama, Dej Loaf, French Montana and Teyana Taylor (who straight embodied Lil Kim) killed their tribute performances. My only issue during Lil Kim’s live on stage performance was Rich Homie Quan forgetting Biggie’s lyrics. Bruh, you had one job to do that night..one job and you messed that up. The Lox were there, why not get Jadakiss or somebody to do Biggie?! Hell, French Montana could have done it.
My favorite part of the night was the very end, when they paid tribute to all of the female rappers throughout the years including Mia X, Roxanne Shante, MC Lyte and Boss (aye!) just to name a few. It was empowering and a true proud moment especially for me because all of these women inspired my rap career at some point. Queen Latifah said it best when she urged for hip hop fans to “give the female emcees a true listen, we could teach you something”, and that is exactly what all 6 of these women did in music. A genre that did not welcome females until a few strong, bold and beautiful women kicked down some doors and left them wide open. In the words of Diddy “VH1 what took ya’ll so long!?”
ALL HAIL THE QUEENS!!!