News: CNN's N.O.R.E On VH1's Hip Hop Honors Exclusion, "I Feel Invisible"

Thursday, Oct 15, 2009 10:15AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

CNN's Nore has expressed his reaction to being left  out of this year's VH1 Hip Hop Honors ceremony which paid tribute to his former label, Def Jam Records.

Writing via Twitter, Nore expressed his discontent and shock with the program.

"I feel invisible !!!!!! I never get noticed I never get props i deserve!!!," he wrote this week. "I bet if they honor the neptunes my name wouldn't even come up They'll give everybody else props!!! Lyor [Cohen] stalked me to be on defjam It's a good show f*ck it I'm not a hater just feel invisible but imma manage to manage!!!" (Nore's Twitter)

EPMD's Erick Sermon also broke his silence on being absent from this year's show.

"I have yet to be officially invited to the VH1 Hip Hop Honors," he wrote in a blog posting. "Yes, I know many of you are sitting there with your mouths open and a cloud with a question mark over your heads wondering how such an incredible oversight like this could ever happen, 5 years in a row. Although I say that with a pompous amount of sarcasm I still believe that EPMD is synonymous with Hip Hop- am I alone on this? Yet the two times we've been included in this occasion, which is supposed to honor those who have made great contributions to Hip Hop culture, it has been at the request of other artists or by some strange turn of events. This year, I spoke with a VH1 producer from the show who told me that he 'found a spot for me.' At the time, this remark didn't bother me that much because it was buffered with the rundown of all the great people involved and a rumor that I had said I didn't want to be a part of the festivities. Of course no executives contacted me directly to establish if this were true or not- so they took me off the original schedule because of this so-called "rumor" they heard. But that's beside the point." (All Hip Hop)

NORE joined forces with Def Jam around 2001 and made a run with the label until 2007.

God's Favorite is N.O.R.E.'s third album and Def Jam debut. The single "Nothin'" reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his biggest hit single and his only to reach the Top 10. This album peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. (Wikipedia)

The show was highlighted with multiple performances by past and current Def Jam artists.

The 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors took place last night and many of the hip hop world's biggest stars gathered at the event, to celebrate someone being recognized as a "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" inductee. But this year, the event apparently broke new ground by honoring Def Jam Records as a whole. There were some great performances at the televised event, by acts such as Rick Ross, Eminem, Public Enemy, The Roots, Gym Class Heroes, Foxy Brown, Mary J. Blige, Method Man, Ludacris, Ghostface, Trey Songz and many, many more. (In Entertainment)

Check out a recent Nore interview below:

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