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.
North Carolina native and 9th Wonder protege is Rapsody the femcee. Rapsody releases her latest mixtape, She Got Game. The mixtape involves features by Chance The Rapper, Raekwon, Raheem DeVaughn, Mac Miller, Wale, Common, Nipsey Hussle, Ab-Soul, Phonte, Jay Electronica, among many others. An ode to a classic 90's Hip-Hop is what "She Got Game" in representing Rapsody's art of 16 bars throughout 16 new tracks.
01. A Song About Nothing (Prod by Eric G)
02. Coconut Oil ft Raekwon & Mela Machinko (Prod by 9th Wonder)
03. Thank You Very Much (Prod by Khrysis)
04. Lonely Thoughts ft Chance The Rapper (Prod by Denaun Porter)
05. Caught Up ft Raheem Devaughn (Prod by Khrysis)
06. Generation ft Mac Miller & Jared Evan (Prod by 9th Wonder)
07. Special Way (Prod by Khrysis)
08. Dark Knights ft Wale (Prod by EJones)
09. My Song ft Mela Machinko (Prod by 9th Wonder)
10. Complacent ft Problem (Prod by 9th Wonder)
11. Lover After All ft Gwen Bunn (Prod by 9th Wonder)
12. Kingship (Prod by DJ Premier)
13. Feel Like (Love Love) ft Common (Prod by Kah)
14. Never Fail (Prod by Eric G)
15. Never Know ft Nispey Hussle Ab-Soul and Terrace Martin (Prod by 9th Wonder)
16. Jedi Code ft Phonte & Jay Electronica (Prod By 9th Wonder)
Director's Cut of Donald Glover's short film 'Clapping For The Wrong Reasons' short film (24 min.)
Last night, Donald Glover released his short film, Clapping For The Wrong Reasons, of which he teased last week to my personal intrigue, amongst many others'. I unfortunately haven't found the time between then and now to sit with the film just yet, but I really want to give it its proper attention being a big fan of all of Glover's work on TV, as a writer, and of course as Childish Gambino. I'll update this when I do, however.
The short film has a variety of castmates including Danielle Fishel (best known as 90s crush Topanga from Boy Meets World), Flying Lotus, Trinidad James, Chicago's own Chance The Rapper, and porn star Abella Anderson. Emphasis on variety. As a supplement to the short film, check out this hilarious run-down, which Glover co-signed on Twitter, juxtaposing the pool party Glover throws in Clapping For The Wrong Reasons to the pool party Nelly throws in the 2004 video "My Place".
I got a chance to sit down with the short film today and first off... yes! I loved it. It reminded me of a Wes Anderson movie with of course a Childish Gambino twist. The way it was shot (one still camera with people walking in and out of the frame), the serious tone, the dry humor at times — it was all great. All the while, I was looking to figure out what was going on and maintaining patience that I would know by the very end.
My conclusion: Glover was portraying an exaggerated day in the life, having made it, hanging out with famous friends, and making music — but seemingly lost without a purpose for much of it. The day was more about finding about himself and the struggles of doing that. The title of Clapping For The Wrong Reasons could have multiple layers like his success and money not finding him true happiness and a commentary on society, juxtaposing themes like hard work vs. laziness and meaningless sex vs. deep conversations. It's almost as if Glover is a personification of those, bouncing from one side to the other throughout the film. The recursive ending (stay tuned through the end credits) gives the film an added perspective as well: it depicted one day, and then ending how it began indicates that the next day is quite the same, as I interpret that as Glover being caught in this abyss of happiness and emptiness. It's certainly a head-scratcher and there are some dark and open-ended scenes that are ambiguous enough for the viewer to draw their own conclusions. What's yours?
- "Then he's probably in the Northern Hemisphere somewhere." is how I'm going to respond to anyone who asks me where so and so is
- Chance The Rapper vs. Trinidad James in Connect 4 is right up there with Beyonce vs. Kanye. Fantastic!
- This verse that Gambino spits alongside Flying Lotus is pretty awesome. Would be an experience to hear this on a record down the line... I'll end on this...
Mouth to a Pellegrino, bottle color of envy, who the fuck is Gambino, I hand a waitress a benji to act like she never met me. I'm saying though, they want the game changed when your shit on the radio. Fruit was so hanging low, I didn't even bother, she tryna lad Obama's, she learned from her mama.
I don't blame her, I tame her, give her something to visualize
On my couch watching DVR'd "American Dad".
Man those new Celine bags are so to die for
I'm in that Porsche on Prozac, them suicide doors
Watch her walk as the death becomes her, cause Mrs. Tarantino kill bills, no wonder.
My heaven is the present, so maybe this is it.
Pray to God every night to make me believe he exists.
Drink a fifth of vodka, I don't need no sponsor,
heard a preacher holler, make him hold these souls.
This past weekend was in full effect. If you didn't know, it was Lollapolooza weekend in Chicago, Illinois!! This three day weekend was full of events. Each day was full of entertainment with a swarm of people, that filled Millenium Park awaiting the arrival of thier most favored artist. But, Friday at Reggies Rock Club was a night to create an eternal memory. Chance The Rapper held the official Lolla atfershow.
Before entering the venue, the line stretched out with an impressive amount of fans. From the amount of people waiting to enter, it was known that this place would turn up tonight. As 11 o' clock hit, fans rapidly entered the venue. It took no time for the crowd to pack the building. The DJ's had the speakers thumping with recent Hip-Hop tracks played today and tracks that people were very familiar with from a few years ago. While the DJ played these hot joints, fans were chanting each lyric aloud as if there were on stage performing. Although it was pretty loud in the spot, it became even louder when the lights dimmed down and the red lights hit the stage. The ladies in the building lost their minds.
BJ the Chicago Kid hit the stage with an applaud from the crowd that made the speakers rattle. The homie BJ handled his business while he was on stage. As BJ said, he was "On his Chi-town R&B sh*t". Hands was stretch up in the air, and a chanting clap followed as BJ performed. After BJ performed a few of his original tracks, the big homie decided to show Chicago how much he really was on his "Chi-town R&B sh*t". Being the souful artist he is, he decided to dedicate his tracks to some R&B legends. Lastly, BJ ended his time on stage as he performed a dope cover of the Chicago Hip-Hop group Crucial Conflict "Hay" which has to be one of my favorite performances by BJ of the night.
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BJ The Chicago Kid "Hay"
As BJ left the stage, shorty after it was time to turn the hell up! Next up to the stage was Alex Wiley, Kembe X and a squad of friends that had people in the crowd lose their minds as they performed the "Mo Purp" track off the "Club WIley" mixtape that was released earlier this summer. As the performance rolled on, the crowd got even louder. From the water splashing to the speakers thumping and crowd jumping, it was a known fact that Alex Wiley, Kembe X and more put on one hell of a performance!
As the night rolled on, the artist that everyone had been waiting on finally came to. It was time to clap it up for Chance The Rapper! As Chance gave the indication that he was about to hit the stage by giving his well know adlib "AH!" the crowd went completely nuts! The crowd grew louder as the DJ had the crowd clap along with the tempo of Chance's "Good Ass Intro" track, to bring out the high energetic emcee. If you missed the opportunity to see Chance perform at Lolla, he made it clear that he was bringing Lolla to Reggies.
As Chance performed each track from his "Acid Rap" album, the crowd followed along with him. There was not a track that Chance could sing alone because everyone was singing, rapping and jumping along with Chance. The crowd gave just as much energy as Chance did, and we all know that Chance have some extremely high energy when he performs. Yes! It was turned the hell up in Reggies. The show was full of Mosh-Pits, Foot-working, fist pumping, crowd jumping with hands waving in the air. If you were depressed because you missed Lolla, by the end of the show, you would have forgoten that you missed Lolla because Chance brought the party all the way to Reggies. I must say, I was highly impressed.
I look forward to seeing another show by Chance. It was well organized. From the entrance to the stage, to Chance giving a shout out to all the performers of the evening. Also, the instrument solos were amazing. I have to say that this aftershow was Dope. So, a big shout out to BJ the Chicago Kid, Alex Wiley, Kembe X, Vic Mensa, The Band (Trumpet, Drums Piano, etc.) and Chance The Rapper for giving us all one hell of a show Friday night.
Ricky Dubs and SRNC Management, the Molemen drop "Chicago Sessions: Volume.1" a mixtape showcasing the best talent and the best music out in the city of Chicago at this moment. A great pickup to dive into different artists from the city of Chicago and to get familiar with the different talent that our great city has to offer. Chicago is at its peak in Hip-Hop with a boom of upstarts and veterans all making a name for themselves. Enjoy!