20 years ago some of Hip Hop’s biggest acts sat at what was then called the Paramount Theater for the second annual Source Awards. This is where then Death Row’s head Suge Knight help put gas into the fire into what is now known as the east coast vs. west coast beef.

Two prominent figures from both sides of the feud felt the venue was perfect to bring complete closure to the matter as Snoop Dogg and Diddy made The Theater in Madison Square Garden a magical place for hip hop, and brought together some of the genres greatest artists for one night.

Dubbed “The Tip Off,” to signify the beginning of All-Star weekend in New York City, the show quickly became one that will be talked about for years to come.

It all started with comedian Alex Thomas doing a little skit, reminding us on where hip hop started to where we were now. Soon thereafter, Doug E. Fresh stepped up to the stage and brought us our first surprise of the night. As Doug E. showed off his classic beat boxing skills, he began doing the beat to his 1995 hit “Freaks,” which was recently sampled by Nicki Minaj. Then came Lil’ Vicious to perform the song, and from there you knew it was going to be a special night.

Then came the NY-Hot 97 crew to formally introduce the show. Veterans Ebro, Laura Stylez, Rosenberg, and DJ Enuff, introduced the newest faces of Hot 97 TT Torrez and Nessa as they kicked off the festivities as a family with DJ Camilo behind the ones and twos.

Diddy, being one of the greatest entertainers in hip hop started off the show in intense fashion. The lights laid low, smoke filled the air, and all you heard was the bass and instruments to his hit song “Victory.”

After bringing out Jermaine Dupri to perform the “Welcome to Atlanta (Remix),” Busta Rhymes turned the MSG crowd’s energy up about five more notches as he performed his collaboration “Pass the Courvoisier.”

The crowd didn’t even have time to breathe before Snoop Dogg, who was donned in all blue, came out and linked up with his old partner Dr. Dre to perform some of their classic tracks “The Next Episode,” “Nuthin’ But A G Thang,” and more.

West Coast had their presence felt in New York, as Tha Dogg Pound then joined Snoop for a track before he handed the mic to T.I. to perform “All About The Money.”

All night, Diddy and Snoop Dogg switched places fusing together some of Hip Hop’s greatest artists of all time, with today’s favorites.

The 90’s and early 2000’s were represented well with Naughty By Nature, 112, and a surprise appearance by Black Rob to perform “Whoa!” While ILoveMakonnen, Troy Ave, French Montana and O.T. Genasis, represented the new generation.

No one knew what was going to happen next as artist after artist kept coming out, not allowing the crowd to take a seat for one second. Diddy said he wanted to make everybody dance and he did just that.

In a night full of surprises, Diddy began ripping the DJ as he seemed to be messing up his performance. Then… out of no where you heard “Laaaa, laaa, la la, wait til I get my money right.”

Directly from his own show in New York City, West shocked the crowd to perform his hit single “Can’t Tell Me Nothin’” It was the surprise of the night that had no shortage of them in sight.

Everything that you wanted to happen, happened tonight at “The Tip Off.”

Diddy really brought us back to Bad Boy’s heyday by bringing out Junior Mafia, including Lil’ Kim for a classic performance of “All About The Benjamins.” Soon after that Nas came out and performed “Hate Me Now.”

The show stopped for a moment as Diddy had to introduce a new member to the Ciroc Boyz. That’s when the beat began to ring, and Big Sean came out to perform “IDFWU.”

It was a night perfect for any hip hop fan.

Snoop and Diddy both paid tribute to 2Pac and Notorious B.I.G. who seemed to be the only people not present at the show, and we even got a classic performance of “2 Of Americaz Most Wanted.”

The magical night was then capped off as Faith Evans came out, and after performing some of her own hits, transitioned into the 1997 hit single “I’ll Be Missing You,” alongside a choir, and 112, before finishing it all off with “Mo, Money, Mo Problems,” before we finally said goodbye.

If you were not present at MSG tonight, you missed the show of a lifetime. The energy was great throughout the show, and Diddy and Snoop gave the crowd EVERYTHING they could have ever wanted. It was a perfect way to kick off All-Star weekend.