VH1 Pays Tribute To Southern Hip-Hop, Honors J. Prince & Others

Written by on April 23, 2010

VH1’s seventh Hip Hop Honors will recognize Southern Hip-Hop this June. Rappers Jermaine Dupri, J. Prince of Rap-A-Lot Records, 2 Live Crew, and Luther “Luke” Campbell will be honored during the ceremonies, which will be held June 3rd. The men honored this year have all established groundbreaking Hip-Hop labels, which have sold millions over the years.

Dupri founded Atlanta’s So So Def in 1993, J-Prince launched Rap-A-Lot in 1986, and Campbell began Luke Skyywalker Records in 1985. J-Prince and Campbell helped break down the barriers of censorship in Hip-Hop during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Campbell’s case involving his usage of Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” went all the way up to the Supreme Court, where the court ruled in his favor, citing that a parody of a record can qualify as “fair use.”

“I am happy for my fans, they have sent the people that run the VH1 Hip Hop Honors show emails for years now, asking why a person that started his own record label and went to the Supreme Court can’t get honored, so I am happy for them,” said Campbell in a statement.

Other honorees include Master P. of No Limit Records and Atlanta’s production team Organized Noise.

VH1’s Hip Hop Honors airs June 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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