Today marked the return of Rap City as BET brought back host Big Tigger for a special episode with, you guessed it, Eminem. As with all of his interviews this week, Em discusses all things MMLP2 and all things Kendrick Lamar & Rihanna. This interview also touches on his past albums and also looking ahead at his career. Navigate the video player above for the interview, and hopefully some raps as well.
UPDATE: Here's that freestyle! Em & Slaughterhouse with Just Blaze.
And some thoughts... it goes without saying that all emcees did their thing. No shots, but I liked Royce & Crooked's another level above Joe & Joell's. Crooked's "Ooh Kill 'Em" punchline to conclude was my favorite punchline of 'em all, including Em (it may be that I'm partial to hilarious "Ooh Kill Em" Vines, but it's dope for anyone who isn't). Slaughterhouse was naturally the undercard for Eminem. Em asked Just to cut the beat and delivered such elite wordplay that I really felt it was on its own tier. I'll leave it at that. Take 10 minutes away from whatever you're doing now and press play below.
The taping of the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards took place yesterday in Atlanta, and a lot of people took to twitter with comments about the different cyphers and who were involved in each one. The biggest things that came from the Twitterverse were that Kendrick Lamar addressed his "Control" verse during the TDE cypher and that Jon Conner may have revealed that he's signed to Aftermath. So today BET decided to release a list of all the cyphers and who were a part of them. Below you can find the list and the video from the 7th cypher of the night that included Asia Sparks, Bad Lucc, Problem & Astro.
Cypher 1: Wax, Rapsody, Emis Killa, Rittz, Jon Connor
With MTV having is Music Video awards this weekend, BET decided to steal a little bit of its shine by releasing the nominations for the up coming BET Hip-Hop Awards. Its full of the typical names that you can think of when it comes to a Hip-Hop award show. Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye, Jay-Z, so forth and so on.
What jumped off at me though was the Best Mixtape Award, which include hometown homie Chance The Rapper for Acid Rap. So if BET ever wanted to make sure that Chicago watched the Hip-Hop awards this was the best way to do it. Hopefully this won't be one of those awards that don't even get TV time, because in my personal opinion I think Chance has a good chance(No pun intended) of bringing this one home.
The BET Hip-Hop Awards hosted by Snopp Dog will be taped on September 28th at the Civic Center in Atlanta, and will air on October 15th.
Kendrick Lamar "m.a.a.d. city" x "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" featuring Erykah Badu
The BET Awards are ongoing at posting time. Here is a flip of the various performances and moments that just happened and are still to come. Tune into the live stream above if you're without television access. Plus, keep refreshing this page for updates as they come up, along with some fun tweets/retweets on @gowherehiphop.
UPDATE: The show is over so the live stream is replaced with one of the suprises — Kendrick Lamar with special guest Erykah Badu (the two holding hands in the homepage thumbnail... just a classy outro, nothing more.) Many of the night's performances are below, but unfortunately: no Charlie Wilson tribute (a great one btw). Watch and enjoy above and below.
R. Kelly Medley
Robin Thicke "Blurred Lines" f/ Pharrell & T.I.
Chris Brown "Fine China" x "They Don't Know" featuring Nicki Minaj (opening performance)
BET released a documentary today titled Murder To Excellence: Life & Hip-Hop In Chicago that shed light on the connection between Hip-Hop and the violence that is taking place in Chicago. The documentary features Chicago rappers King Louie, L.E.P. Bogus Boys, Sasha Go Hard, Katie Got Bandz, and more. It also feature community activsit Che "Rhymefest" Smith, Father Michael Pfleger, and others. Overall the idea behind the documentary was great. The fact that BET felt that what was going on here in Chicago needs to be brought to a brighter light I greatly appreciate because it is very true. Unfortunately the people in the video that have the most influence didn't offer any words of encourage or improvement for the streets of Chicago. I respect Rhymefest for giving the truth about what's going on in the streets then offering ways to combat it. To me it seemed that most of the artist gave an impression that this is normal and simply labled it as being "real". This to me only continues the violent cycle that we are in now. Don't get me wrong I don't expect these artist to clean the streets themselves, but they do carry enough clout in the streets to make a difference, which I think they dropped the ball on in this documentary. I commend Rhymefest, Father Pfleger, Cathy Cohen, TJ Crawford, & Monica Haslip for their work in the community in trying to break this vicious cycle of violence in Chicago. To the artist I just wished on top of telling the truth about what's going on in Chicago they then spoke to the youth about being better than this.
Overall I was happy with the documentary because it starts the conversation about making the necessary changes in Chicago to make this a better and safer place for us all. I just hope that the people with the loudest voice join in on the conversation, but if they don't we as the smaller voices still need to have this conversation and talk about this until its loud enough to be unavoidable.
Last night, the Soul Train Awards aired on BET and performances came from the likes of John Legend, 2 Chainz, Miguel, Ne-Yo, Keyshia Cole, TGT, and Elle Varner. You can watch and/or re-live the performances above and below as G.O.O.D. Music kicks it off with Legend's "Tonight (Best I Ever Had)" and then 2 Chainz right under with "Birthday Song", "I'm Different", and "Ghetto Dreams". Then there's Miguel with "Adorn", Ne-Yo "Let Me Love You", Keyshia Cole "Trust & Believe" and "Enough Of No Love", TGT (Tank, Ginuwine, & Tyrese) with "Stay", "If You're Lonely", and "Zoom", and finally, Elle Varner with "Refill". Enjoy!
Tonight, BET aired the 2012 Black Girls Rock event from NYC and it featured a flurry of performances from some of urban music's most iconic names right now - Alicia Keys (performing "New Day" & "Girl On Fire" above), Brandy ("Wildest Dreams"), Ciara & Missy Elliott ("One Woman Army", "Sorry", "1, 2 Step", "9th Inning"), and Keyshia Cole ("Trust & Believe"). Also performing was India.Arie & Eric Benet, Anthony Hamilton, and Luke James - and you can catch those performances via Yardie here.