VH1 Celebrates Hip Hop Throughout October With a Slate of All-New Series, Documentaries, Movies and Specials
"Bridging The Gap: Queen Latifah and Eve," "Rags To Riches: Nick Cannon,"
"Bridging The Gap: Snoop Dogg and The Game," "Classic Albums: Jay-Z," "The
Salt -N- Pepa Show," "Gotti's Way," "Rock Docs: Fade To Black," and the
Fourth Annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" Highlight VH1's October Programming
VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1.com and VH1 Mobile Also Join The Celebration
With Specials, Documentaries, Exclusive Online Content, Movies And More
NEW YORK, Sept. 27 -- VH1 Honors the legacy of hip hop and
the men and women who created the beats heard around the world with all-new
series, documentaries, specials and movies throughout October that will
leave you cheering: Hip Hop Hooray!
"BRIDGING THE GAP: QUEEN LATIFAH & EVE" & "BRIDGING THE GAP: SNOOP DOGG
& THE GAME" PREMIERE MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 STARTING AT 11 PM*
"Bridging The Gap" documents what happens when two established artists
come together to explore their shared musical passions. In each half-hour
episode, two artists who share a mutual admiration and respect for the
other will share a day, discussing their lives while creating a new track
produced by one of today's hottest producers. Queen Latifah and Eve are
featured in the premiere, while The Game and Snoop Dogg collaborate in the
second episode at 11:30 PM.
"RAGS TO RICHES: NICK CANNON" PREMIERES TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 AT 11 PM*
Award winning talent Nick Cannon has proven that he is a force to be
reckoned with, and he shows no signs of slowing down. From a successful TV
and film career, executive producing two MTV hit series ("Wild N' Out" and
"Short Circuitz") and creating chart topping music hits, Nick has
flourished into a one-man entertainment conglomerate. Join Nick Cannon, as
he takes viewers through the streets of South East San Diego to expose his
touching and personal account of early struggles and humble beginnings. Now
he is giving back to his community and to the people who helped him realize
his stardom. Nick's current success will be brought to life in the
critically acclaimed "Rags To Riches," a new documentary series on VH1.
Watch Nick as he celebrates the best aspects of human nature: the capacity
to overcome hardship through dedicated work and the joy of giving back to
those in need.
"VH1 ROCK DOCS: FADE TO BLACK" & "CLASSIC ALBUMS: JAY-Z"
PREMIERE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 STARTING AT 8:30 PM*
Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) has been one of the most influential figures in
black American music since the mid-nineties. "Fade To Black" reveals the
multiple Grammy Award winning artist as never before, from his background
and rise to fame to the recording of his last album. The film chronicles
his legendary concert at Madison Square Garden in November 2003 that
featured guest performances by Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, R.
Kelly, Foxy Brown, Pharrell, and ?uestlove and The Illadelphonics along
with appearances by hip hop icons Damon Dash, Rick Rubin, Slick Rick, P.
Diddy and many others. Viewers get the rare glimpse into Jay-Z's creative
process as he searches for inspiration, poetry, and perfection in his
songs. Narrated by Jay-Z himself, his account of the night takes on
reflections of his entire musical career and his journey that led to this
one astounding, fabled evening -- rightfully called "Fade To Black."
And premiering at 11 PM is VH1's latest addition to the "Classic
Albums" franchise that takes us back through the whole creative process
behind Jay-Z's stunning first release "Reasonable Doubt." Initially as a
performer racking up an incredibly successful string of hit singles and
albums and later as an executive, having taken on the presidency of Def Jam
Records in 2004. "Reasonable Doubt" is still considered by many to be his
finest achievement. A much harder hitting and edgy record than his later
more polished and pop orientated releases, it announced to the world that a
new rap star had arrived.
"VH1 HIP HOP HONORS"
PREMIERES MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 AT 10 PM*
VH1 will once again honor the hip hop pioneers and legends that have
made significant contributions to all aspects of pop culture with the
fourth annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors." Hosted by Tracy Morgan, this year's
honorees include A Tribe Called Quest, Snoop Dogg, WHODINI, Missy Elliott,
the film Wild Style and Teddy Riley and Andre Harrell for New Jack Swing.
The music and influence of each of the honorees will be recognized through
performances by classic artists in collaboration with today's hottest new
talent. The honorees are set to take the stage and showcase their legendary
talent, along with Ciara, Eve, Pharrell Williams, T.I., Timbaland, Bow Wow,
Busta Rhymes, Common, T- Pain, Keyshia Cole, Nick Cannon, Nelly Furtado,
Ne-Yo, KRS-One The Teacha, Jermaine Dupri, Grandmaster Caz, Nelly, Mos Def,
Kool Moe Dee, Grand Wizzard Theodore and The Chief Rocker Busy Bee, as well
as appearances by Chris Rock, Harvey Keitel, LL Cool J, Salt -N- Pepa,
Kerry Washington and Diddy. "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" will be taped at the
Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on October 4.
"THE SALT -N- PEPA SHOW" & "GOTTI'S WAY"
PREMIERE MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 STARTING AT 10 PM*
"The Salt -N- Pepa Show," will follow the ladies as they attempt to
reunite on and off the stage in this funny, often touching reality series.
They soon discover however, that achieving this is easier said than done
since most of their past issues are still unresolved. Salt is angry about
being unappreciated when they were together and Pepa blames Salt for
breaking up the group. Their lifestyles are also polar opposites: Salt is a
devout Christian and is living a quiet life in Long Island with her
husband, while Pepa is still the party girl and desperately wants to
re-capture the glamour of Salt 'N Pepa's glory days. Can they overcome
their differences long enough to heal their friendship and perform again?
"Gotti's Way" starting at 10:30 PM* will provide a rare
behind-the-scenes look at Irv's company and the music machine that he is,
working with artists such as Vanessa Carlton, Lloyd, Ja Rule and more.
After being investigated for 3 years by the federal government and
acquitted, on charges of money laundering, Irv Gotti is now attempting a
comeback with his label, The Inc., while also juggling his responsibilities
as a husband and father. The show will also focus on the raw emotions
between Irv and wife, Debbie, by exposing their struggle to mend a severed
relationship and make it functional for the sake of their family.
Additional Programming includes:
Thursday, 10/4: Brown Sugar, 8 Mile, and Krush Groove
Friday, 10/5: Dave Chappelle's Block Party
For more information on all these shows, please log on to
On VH1 Soul:
"New Jack Swing Weekend" Beginning Monday, Oct 1 at 6 AM*
In conjunction with the fourth annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors show, VH1 Soul
will pay homage to New Jack Swing, the hip hop genre created by two of this
year's VH1 Hip Hop Honors honorees, Teddy Riley and Andre Harrell. New Jack
Swing rose in popularity in the 1980's when R&B/Hip hop artist and producer
Teddy Riley integrated hip hop rhythms, samples and production techniques
with the urban sound of R&B. To celebrate the impact of this hip hop genre,
VH1 Soul presents "New Jack Swing Weekend," a special weekend full of
signature programming to celebrate the New Jack Swing era of hip hop music,
-- New Jack Swing A to Z, a video marathon of every New Jack Swing video
in alphabetical order starting from After 7 to Zhane
-- Teddy Riley's Top 10: Best in Soul, an hour-long block hosted by Teddy
Riley, featuring his Top 10 favorite "New Jack Swing" videos
-- The BBC original documentary, "Urban Soul: Stories on the Making of
Modern R&B" on Saturday, October 6 at 8PM*.
Making its U.S. premiere, Urban Soul takes an in-depth look at R&B
music since the 1970's, covering everything from the New Jack Swing
movement, hip hop soul, neo-soul and mainstream R&B. This two-hour
documentary is a groundbreaking journey through contemporary American music
culture with a combination of rare archival footage and thought-provoking
interviews with the greatest performers, producers, musicians and
commentators of the genre. Urban Soul boasts a stellar cast of interviewees
including Beyonce Knowles, Mary J. Blige, Wyclef Jean, Bobby Brown, TLC and
On VH1 Classic:
"And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip Hop"
Premieres Wednesday, October 3 from 8-12 PM
From its humble beginnings in the South Bronx to the global, cultural
and economic powerhouse it has become, hip hop has reshaped the world. VH1
documents this cultural explosion with never-before-seen footage that
traces the history of this art form. This five-part series begins with the
origins of hip hop to the meteoric rise and success of Russell Simmons' Def
Jam label, the gangsta rap wars to how hip hop and Eminem conquered
America. The documentary concludes with the new moguls who have come to
define "bling bling."
"Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music"
Premieres on Saturday, October 6 from 2-8 PM
Soul music has been the soundtrack to some of the most extraordinary
social, political and cultural shifts of the second half of the 20th
Century. Through a combination of rare archival footage, over 100
contemporary and never-seen-before interviews, each episode of this
six-part BBC original documentary explores a different era of the evolution
of "soul music" from the creation of R&B, via gospel, southern soul,
Motown, funk and hip-hop soul through the words and performances of its
greatest artists, producers, musicians and commentators.
For more information on these shows and to learn more about these
classic artists visit http://www.vh1classic.com.
VH1.com recently launched a dedicated "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" site,
HIPHOP.VH1.COM, filled with honoree profiles, video playlists and much
more. The site will also be home to exclusive online content such as sneak
peek performances and on-site interviews with all of the honorees,
performers and presenters during rehearsals and red carpet arrivals, hosted
by Spinderella of Salt -N- Pepa.
VH1 Mobile will offer "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" content including original
ringtones from select honorees recorded exclusively for VH1 Mobile,
original wallpapers, video footage from "The Score" session with ?uestlove
and a dedicated WAP site available by entering HIPHOP.VH1.COM into your
mobile's browser. Select video footage from "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" will be
available on VH1 Mobile following the on-air broadcast.
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