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Friday, September 28, 2007

Cool Hip-Hop Honors programming


“VH1 ROCK DOCS: FADE TO BLACK” & “CLASSIC ALBUMS: JAY-Z” PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 STARTING AT 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 Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, R. Kelly, Foxy Brown, Pharrell, and Questlove 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."


“THE SALT -N- PEPA SHOW” PREMIERES 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?


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, including:

· 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*.

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