The Rock is in the Building…Chris Rock that is.
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This years BET Awards was filled with many surprise performances including Jhene Aiko taking the stage with Grammy Award Winner John Legend to sing her hit “The Worst”, to Trey Songz joining August Alsina to perform their single “I Love This” along with the now husky figured Chris Brown pictured below.
Say what you want to say about t he Robert Sylvester Kelly, but his is the greatest R&B singer/songwriter ever. The “R” came on stage and ran through hits like “I Wish,” Bump N Grind,” “Seems Like Your Ready,” and many more. I’m not sure if the man even has an album out but I would rather watch a R.Kelly concert than the BET Awards. The man is a legend and he shows that if you have enough hits over your lifetime you don’t have to have a new single on radio.
The 2013 BET Awards got off to a bang as King Kendrick Lamar started the show performing “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.” with the beautiful Erykah Badu. Kendrick was draped in all white everything and Erykah Badu was “Erykah Badu.” She did a neo soul version of the hook that made the awards show feel like a “House of Blues” concert and when she walked off stage she was throwing the “fatty”..Lawd..
Compton emcee Kendrick Lamar won the award for Lyricist of the Year at tonight’s the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards. The cateory which included J. Cole, Nas and Kanye West is one of the most coveted prizes in Hip Hop.
It was interesting to see Kendrick Lamar win the Award eventhough he has only put out one indie album. Without a doubt Kendrick is the best lyricist in the game, but I am wondering if he should of got the award based off mixtapes and singles.
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So by now, I’m sure you have heard about the fights between several Hip-Hop moguls and their flunkies at this past weekend’s taping of the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards. I was surprised to see that such huge stars would waste their time and energy on some ignorant shi*.
In 2012, it’s sad to see some of Hip Hop’s most successful emccees/entrepreneus behaving like high school freshman. I mean, I could understand a young kid like Chief Keef getting into a scuffle but we are talking about multi-millionaire fathers who are all over the age of 35!
What happened? I’m not sure and I’m really not concerned, but I am more embarrassed than anything. The reports that have surfaced over the last day have talked about: Jeezy VS Ross, G Unit VS Maybach Music, and a Diddy VS 50 Cent conflict. The common denominator in the Jeezy VS Ross and G Unit VS Maybach Music disputes seems to be Rick Ross’ homeboy Gunplay. Haven’t heard one song from this guy, but he knows how to work the press. Props….
If the younger generation of emcees like Chief Keef and Souljah Boy can’t look up to these guys, who will they look up to? In the meantime, this will probably be one of the highest rated BET Awards shows in history due to its anticipation and Viacom will win “Big.” In the meantime, we continue to look like Monkeys fighting for roles in the next casting of “Planet of The Apes.”
In the words of Pimp C, “Them white people laughin at ’em, that’s was happenin
The same stupid ass ni** still ain’t figured it out
Long as they stay divided, man we gon’ run the South.”
P.S. – Robert Johnson sold us out when he sold BET to Viacom, but I’ll save that for another story….
In no particular order, our favourite interesting facts about Emeli Sande, definitely one of our favourite UK artists today. So many reasons to love her sound and music.
1. Our Version of Events – her debut album – topped the UK album charts for two weeks in March and went Platinum. It’s the fastest-selling album by a British recording artist since Susan Boyle’s ‘I dreamed a dream’ in 2009. It’s on release in the US next week. You will want to buy it and listen to it. LOTS!
2. Remixes and collaborations abound. It seems as if every song she writes has a multitude of arrangements and voices. I can imagine her live with a massive band, just as comfortable as she is with solo piano. So far, she’s worked with or written songs for the biggest names in UK pop, including Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk and Wiley.
3. Emeli performed on 25 May this year at Cooper’s Field in Cardiff, as part of the celebration of the Olympic Torch’s progress around Britain.
4. Born in Sunderland and raised in the depths of Northern Scotland . If you’ve never been, this isn’t Edinburgh. It’s VERY rural and a stunningly beautiful part of the world.
5. Although she possesses a stunning, distinctive voice, piano is her instrument. She’s been using both to write songs since the age of 10.
6. She has a tattoo of artist (and so much more) Frida Kahlo on her right forearm.
7. She’s actually on a break from a six-year degree in medicine at Glasgow University. It’s a little scary that she knows a LOT about clinical neuro-science and how our brains work. She certainly writes engagingly about how we all think and love.
8. Fans are getting vocal in support and wanting to find out more. A seemingly official fan site has just been launched.
9. She has been nominated for a BET 2012 award, to be hosted by Samuel L Jackson. She’s up for the Best International Act: UK against Estelle, Labrinth, Sway and Wretch 32. Right now, she’s probably hotter in both the UK and the US than the others, but who knows?
10. Sande is on her way over to you right now. Her mini-US tour takes her to Chicago, LA and New York before coming back home in June and then back with you in July. If you get the chance to catch her live, then do it.