Wu-Tang Clan, Lil’ Kim, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, and more performed a tribute to Steve Rifkind’s influential label Loud Records at the 2022 BET Hip Hop Awards. David Banner and Lil’ Flip, Mobb Deep’s Havoc, Dead Prez, M.O.P., and Three 6 Mafia also performed during the segment honoring the 30th anniversary of the label that signed Wu-Tang to their groundbreaking contract and released multiple foundational records. Check it out below.
Dead Prez opened the set with a performance of “Hip-Hop,” featuring the distinctive bassline that would become the de facto theme music for Chappelle’s Show. Joey Bada$$ joined Havoc and Lil’ Kim for their performance of Mobb Deep’s “Quiet Storm” [Remix], followed by M.O.P.’s ode to armed robbery “Ante Up,” joined by Remy Ma, who rapped her her verse from that track’s remix. Remy Ma then led the crowd in Big Pun’s “Boricua, morena,” chant from “Still Not a Player” before segueing into “Lean Back” with Fat Joe.
The Southern segment of the program saw David Banner bring out Lil’ Flip for their 2003 hit “Like a Pimp,” and Project Pat break out “Chickenhead” from his 2001 LP Mista Don’t Play: Everythangs Workin. DJ Paul and Juicy J then took the stage for their performance of Three Six Mafia’s “Stay Fly.”
Wu-Tang Clan closed out the set with a trio of tracks from their debut 1993 LP Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). RZA opened the segment with his verse from “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit,” followed by Method Man’s eponymous single. They each stood in front of a photo of Ol’ Dirty Bastard while his intro to “C.R.E.A.M.” played on the speakers, before Raekwon and then Inspecktah Deck joined them for their verses.
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