Hip-hop was born in New York City in the late 1970s as a way for inner city youth to express themselves. Since then, it has grown into one of the biggest and most commercially successful genres of music. Here at MTV, we like to think we had a little something to do with that.
From Run DMC’s “Walk This Way” in 1987 to Naughty By Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray” in 1993, the MTV Video Music Awards have been ahead of the curve when it comes to bringing hip-hop acts into living rooms all over the world.
It’s a tradition that continues to the present: Last year, Kanye West tore up the VMAs with his performance of “Runaway,” and this year, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown will wow viewers live from Los Angeles on August 28.
With so many awesome hip-hop performances over the years, we’re at a loss for which one is the best of all. So hey, why don’t you go ahead and tell us by voting in our poll after the jump.
Polls close Wednesday, August 24 at noon, so vote now and vote often! Results will be announced in the lead-up to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, which air live from Los Angeles on Sunday, August 28 at 9 PM on MTV. Don’t forget to tune in!
>>> Return to polling headquarters to vote for your favorites in all of the other categories.