It’s time for BET’s annual tribute to the year in hip-hop and my patna talked me into live blogging my thoughts on it here as a permanent record. And while we’re at it, I personally think the new Eminem song “Rap God” is slaw. Never dug Eminem besides “Superman” and “Love Me.”
6:24pm Watching 106 &Park interview MC Lyte and I honestly wonder if one kid in the audience knows even one song of hers. To them, she probably just the voice they hear during BET awards commercial breaks. Been 17 years since her last hit, “Cold Rock A Party (Remix).”
Yo why they just introduce Lyte’ new video “Craving” and literally only play 15 seconds of it?! That was so disrespectful lol. They just cut right back to her and asked another question.
6:49pm They just showed a preview of The Real Househusbands Of Hollywood‘s cypher and I must admit Nick Cannon actually wrecked. But every year people overrate these cyphers and forget about em a week later. I bet you can’t name a line from a past cypher…
6:58pm This B.O.B. song with Future, “Ready,” go hard, but you can tell he really wants them hood club spins. Guess he tired of making that pop money.
7:05pmThe James Lipton bit had so mich potential and could have went a lil longer. They cut to Rick Ross soon as they showed the police with Kevin Hart ha.
7:08pm I understand promotion but why ol boy next to Meek rocking Meek’s headphones? Looks dumn just like when people rock em at the club.
Odd that Meek’s performance just doesn’t feel hype at all. He too laid back on stage to be doing all that yelling on record. Sad, because the intro and “Levels” are my junts. He needs a Spliff Star hypeman too. Makes you miss Busta Rhymes.
7:19pm Only person who did anything at all on this cypher was Rittz. The Jon Conner dude is ehh.
7:21 Why I thought the intro to 2 Chainz set was a clip from one of the chitlin circuit plays that air on BET on Sunday afternoon when you get in from church? Took Mannie Fresh to finally get the crowd live even tho “Fork” bumpin. I do not miss the era when cats wore tall tees. Back That Thang up will forever rock any crowd. A$AP Ferg the best new artist? Nah. You can actual say Trinidad James’ hit song lyrics besides the chorus. All we know with Ferg is “Shabba Shabba Ranks”
7:33 A$AP crew weak rappers. They got energy but that’s about it.
7:41pm Future had waaay too many hits to give that lackluster performance. He could’ve just did all his guest choruses and rocked it. Apparently they edited out Future’s performance of “Sh*t.”
Man I miss Doggy Fizzle Tellevizzle because Snoop is always good with the skits.
7:48pm Action Bronson sound like Ghostface Killah too much for me. I just wanted to see Tiffany Fox walk away and they didn’t show it smh. That’s not the same Lil Kim who ripped “Benjamins.”
7:57pm TDE’s set was snooze city. That song selection cool in a car but not on stage. Why didn’t Kendrick do M.A.A.D. City? Last year he put the people asleep too. They don’t learn.
8:06pm Shame how far Joe Budden has fallen off. I ain’t tryna hear none of Strugglehouse. This “Steebie” bit is stupid. Man this awards really shaping up to be nothing but us waiting to hear Kendrick roast Drake.
8:21pm Yeah Kendrick ripped it. The rest of TDE was decent but nothing memorable (new kid from Chatt named Isaiah Rashad showed promise tho). Is it a requirement in TDE to go by your first and middle name? Kendrick got that “game winning shot stare at the away crowd” scowl. Diddy gonna find him a way on stage every year lol. He known damn well his money coming from MTV, VH, Sean John and former artists’ publishing , not no drug money lol. I hate how these rappers rap over their own vocals tho.
8:32pm I really, really miss Eve with the short hair. They really editing in these loud claps like it’s a Tyler Perry sitcom. Would’ve been dope to have rappers performjng her songs in tribute ala Vh1 Hip Hop Honors to help the crowd really realize how much of a legend Lyte is. Especially since they dissed her new stuff on 106 & Park earlier.
8:45Hate the show but RHHOH cypher was funny. Slick mad Snoop said “new music from ATL” amd brings Gotti out. Rocko hype for his verse lol. We all know that Ross’ molly line is the part everybody wanrs to say. Rich Homie Quan need a hypeman to hit them instant classic adlibs (“DON’T LOOK LIKE THAT!!!). Best performance set of the night by far.
8:55pm These Bone background instrumentals sounds like them instrumental remakes from Youtube. Wonder where Tasha with the locs at now from the original “Thuggish Ruggish Bone.” What’s good with Wish Bone’s voice and why they all in the mic? Shame legendary groups like Goodie Mob & Bone give uneventful end performances at the end of these awards. They were the soundtrack to my life.
9:01 In all this was a very forgetful show, even though it had the best host and cypher verse I can remember. The crowd seems too cool to get up and the performers don’t give them much of a reason to get up either. Rappers really need to work on their stage presence and song selection. What’s a classic documentary like The Show or an episode of Showtime At The Apollo and you’ll see how mandatory it was for any artist to give a great live show.
They only presented like three awards and none of the artists were even there. Artists just don’t respect BET’s award shows anymore. We see thar by the way they never bother to rap clean version s of their songs and have to be awkwardly editied.
Ah well, let me go look at this ESPN 30 For 30 on Sugar Ray and Duran’s fight. Been real letting ya’ll peep my thought process. Til next time.
Let me know what ya think