Jeanius Review: 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards

 

So the BET Hip Hop Awards just ended, now normally I wouldn’t be caught dead watching this particular show, I usually just wait for the next day and watch the cyphers online, but tonight I was free and didn’t have anything better to do so I decided to tune in. I think the BET Awards should be enough, and believe the Hip Hop Awards are just a bit too much. While everyone thinks BET, MTV, and VH-1 are all competitors they are all owned by the same company, so I think the VMA’s, BET Awards, MTV Movie Awards, and Hip Hop and/or Rock Honors are more than enough.

This show, like all other shows has it’s good and bad, I’ll start on a positive note, so let’s get on with it

The Good: 

  • The Cyphers, this is usually the highlight of the show and overall they didn’t disappoint. The Shady 2.0 Cypher was BY FAR the most well-received, at least according to the people that I follow on Twitter. It seemed to go over well on Twitter in general as right after the Cypher a lot of the phrases like, “Hi Rihanna,” and  “Casey Anthony,” who Eminem mentioned were trending Worldwide. Joe Budden had a line that I liked about people saying he was new school, then he said if they were teaching how to Dougie, he was condoning dropping out. Busta Rhymes’ cypher performance was also talked about quite a bit, he went on for a good three minutes and he definitely put on a hell of a show. It seems like Busta Rhymes is back on the come up, and I can’t say that I’m mad at that.
  • Lupe Fiasco is a rock star, most rappers just run back and forth when they perform, but he actually put his heart into that performance. He was accompanied by Erykah Badu, who wearing literally wearing a full burqa, now I know this had some type of meaning to it, but it was still weird. This performance did show that socially conscious artist still have a place in today’s music scene.

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  • Mike Epps did a pretty good job as the show host, although DJ Khaled was pretty annoying, as usual, during the opening monologue.
  • Three letters: D-M-X, it was good to see him out and he gave a damn good performance, that’s one thing that nobody could take away from him no matter what drugs he was on. I can’t lie his music never went out of rotation when it came to me so it wasn’t like being taken back, but it was good to see him perform some of his classics. I was also happy to see Da Brat have a part in the show, hopefully she can make a decent comeback!

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The Bad: 
  • Wasn’t this supposed to be an Awards Show? There were 18 awards given out when the show was taped last weekend, but only four awards given out on the television show, that means that 75% of the winners weren’t shown on the show, and the majority of people won’t go to BET.com to see who won the awards, which leads me to my next point….
  • Why exactly did “Look At Me Now,” win three of the four awards that were shown on the show. I felt like Busta Rhymes’ fatass was on stage every few minutes which was definitely unnecessary. I understand that everyone likes a “Redemption Story,” with Chris Brown and what he went through, Busta getting back in the spotlight, and Wayne just getting out of jail, but I don’t think it was necessary for them to get all of the shine on the show. I actually did look at the winners list, and granted Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West, who all weren’t there for the show won some of the bigger awards, Wiz Khalifa, who was there, won Track and Rookie of the Year they could have easily show him winning one of his awards. Which leads into my next issue.
  • BET needs to find a way to get the bigger stars of Hip Hop to come out to the show, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, and Drake are arguably the biggest names in Hip Hop right now and none of them showed up for the show. Until BET can get their big names out to this show it won’t be a draw. Which leads me to my final issue.
  • The last and first performances are generally saved for the bigger names, now when I put the show on and saw Young Jeezy on I was wondering why he was starting off the show, but T.I.’s comeback performance was big enough to warrant that spot. I am still trying to figure out though, how Heavy D landed the closeout performance of the night? It was cool that he went back in the day with his performance, but it was kind of weird for that to be the last performance of the night.
  • Finally, whether it be the Grammy’s, VMA’s, or Hip Hop Honors, whenever there is a tribute or Lifetime Achievement Award given out there is a performance with some of the newer artists performing some of that artists old hits, but this didn’t happen for LL Cool J, it was weird seeing Nelly just coming out there being a video and then a speech. A Tribute performance would have gone a long way.
Overall, I wasn’t a big fan of the show, not enough emphasis on the awards, and too much emphasis on the performances which weren’t that good. The cyphers were very good, but if that is going to be the emphasis of the show they should create a show that focuses around that as opposed to building an award show around the cyphers. Tomorrow I will post the cypher videos on the site for those that missed the show!
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