Angie Stone Is Upset Her Group The Sequence Wasn’t Recognized at 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors
Angie Stone feels disrespected by the organizers of VH1 Hip Hop Honors. The R&B singer is frustrated that the group The Sequence, which she was a member of back in the late 1970s and 1980s, was not included in the festivities held on July 11. The night's events honored female hip-hop pioneers such as Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim and Salt-N-Pepa.
"Although they made no fuss of previous shows, trusting and believing that their time would come; this time the trio Angie B., Blondy Chisolm, and Cheryl 'The Pearl' Cook feels undermined and disrespected and want their voice to be heard," Angie Stone and her team said in a press release according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Sequence was likely overlooked for being a lesser known group without the longevity of the artists that were honored. But the trio made history as the second hip-hop act and first female group signed to Sylvia Robinson's Sugar Hill Records. Their 1979 single "Funk You Up" was released following the success of the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight." Dr. Dre would notably sample the song on his 1995 track "Keep Their Heads Ringin."
"They’re honoring 'female' hip-hop legends," Angie Stone said. "We definitely should have been included in the celebration this year for sure!"
Angie Stone experienced "outrage, hurt and disappointment" with being overlooked once again. In addition to The Sequence's exclusion, Stone reportedly felt slighted by not being recognized as the first female hip-hop group. Salt-N-Pepa were identified as such in a press release issued by VH1.
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