Archive Live: Eminem, The Roots and DJ Jazzy Jeff – “Rock the Bells”

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For 12 years, VH1’s “Hip Hop Honors” has paid homage to legendary hip-hop figures, from Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur to Big Daddy Kane. For their sixth show, which taped at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (and airs on VH1 on October 13, 2009), the event’s organizers dedicated the entire program to a record label, the trailblazing house for hip-hop and R&B, Def Jam.

 

It’s only right that the first Def Jam artist to be honored was the label’s foundation and face for so many years, legendary LL Cool J.

 

The Roots started it off with “Rock the Bells.” Black Thought ripped the first verse of the record, then gave way for a special guest: Eminem. In 2008, Slim Shady publicly expressed his love for LL during a phone prank on DJ Tony Touch’s Shade 45 radio show.

 

Spitting the second verse of “Rock the Bells,” Eminem sounded almost exactly like the legend who inspired him.

“Now I’m worldwide known/ Whether you like it or not/ My one-man band is Cut Creator…/ When he’s on the fader/ What’s my DJ’s name?” raps Eminem. You can watch the live performance in HD below: