The tribute included a melody of some of Hayes' hits and performances of hip-hop tracks that sampled his music. Scarface performed "My Mind Playing Tricks on Me," which is a sample from Hayes' "Hung Up On My Baby" while Chuck D concluded the tribute with 'Black Steel In the Hour of Chaos,' which samples 'Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic.'
The show, to air October 6 on VH-1 was hosted by comedian Tracey Morgan. This year's honorees were rappers T-Short, Slick Rick and hip-hop groups De La Soul, Cypress Hill, and Naughty by Nature. Attendees and performers included Kid Rock, Eve, Busta Rhymes, MC Lyte and Flavor Flav.