One of the most remarkable performances in VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2016 is Queen Latifah’s stunning opening tribute. She did a slightly tweaked version of Chicago’s “When You’re Good to Mama” with a remix from her old hits. During the event, she also opened up about the existing racism across the United States.
VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2016 opened with a fantastic performances from several hip hop icons to the honoree Queen Latifah or Dana Elaine Owens in real life. Da Brat, Monie Love and others killed their dance and rap tribute during the event opening.
She brought down the house when she performed “Had It Up 2 Here” on stage together with Rah Digga, The Lady of Rage, YoYo, as well as Da Brat. She included a cut from her own single “Come Into My House” which is from her debut album “All Hail Queen.” Afterwards, she ended her own tribute with her hit song “Ladies First.” You can watch the video here.
Aside from her fantastic opening tribute performance, she also opened up about the alive and existing racism in the United States, Billboard reported. “Listen we all know the world, that our world, is really tense right now. I’m hoping that we can somehow manage to channel all of these emotions that we have in a positive way,” she said.
“I don’t care how much things or things I have, or Puff has. If I go outside and try to hail a cab and he passes me for the white woman standing right there, that racism is still alive and kicking. And we have to change that,” Latifah added.
At the end of her speech, she said something with utmost humility. “And I’m not blaming the white lady, she needed a cab, too. I’m just saying we need to change this attitude,” she continued.
Proof of Queen Latifah’s huge concern with endless issue on racism in the United States is she ended her opening performance in VH1 Hip Hop Awards 2016 with a clear shout, “Respect!”
Photo courtesy: Instagram.com/@queenlatifah