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VH1's Fifth Annual Hip-Hop Honors Awards

Hammerstein Ballroom. October 2, 2008. By Bennett Marcus

What’s your biggest extravagance? “Sneakers and toys are my vices, but it could be crystal meth and coke.” —Travis McCoy

Tracy Morgan (GETTY IMAGES)

You’re performing tonight. Do you have any preperformance rituals? “I have to smoke me a cigarette. They might put me out, but fuck it.” —Scarface (GETTY IMAGES)

The Sugarhill Gang

Chuck D

Did you ever get busted for tagging? “I would hide out in Dumpsters for hours so that they wouldn’t catch me. ” —Fat Joe

Eve

Big Boi

What's your biggest extravagance? “I like to eat out a lot. Maybe I should just stay in the house, find a girl that can cook for me.” —Fabolous (GETTY IMAGES)

Cee-Lo

Mack 10

You just got back together. Any arguments? “We don't argue. We debate.” —Naughty by Nature

Flavor Flav

Kid Rock

Do you have any preperformance rituals? “Other than pass gas?” —MC Lyte

Michael Strahan

Wyclef Jean

Do you ever drive around and blast hip-hop? “I do. I'm pretty ghetto like that.” —Freddy Rodriguez

De La Soul

Joy Bryant

What should New Yorkers know about Philadelphia? “Philly is the home of the thoroughbred. Home of the fly kid. Know that.” —Black Thought of The Roots (GETTY IMAGES)

EPMD

KRS-One

Do you have any preshow rituals? “I already cased out the building, and I got like three good hiding places to smoke.” —Sen Dog of Cypress Hill

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