Last night, October 14, was the infamous BET Hip Hop Awards. The actual awards anticipation was blown with a full list of the winners put online before the show even aired. That fact didn’t blow the whole show considering the main reason why most watch the show to begin with: the performances.
The show was hosted by the legend Uncle Snoop who was seen dancing to every performance on the side of the stage. Snoop Dogg also brought on stage his YouTube show the GGN Network and interviewed guests like French Montana and Mimi from Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.
The famous BET Cyphers made the show this year as well. The highlight of all the cyphers was a duel verse spit by Papoose and girlfriend Remy Ma. Remy Ma was just released from prison after a six year sentence this summer and made her first TV appearance on the Hip Hop Awards. The couple was awkwardly placed in the same cypher as Jarren Benton and a Canadian rapper, but when the duo started their verse the awkwardness was forgotten. Their verse inspirationally preached black love, woman power and showed that Remy has not lost her Queen status in the hip-hop world.
Another highlight from the show was the performance by Common, Vince Staples and Jay Electronica. The rappers performed the song “Kingdom” off of Common’s most recent album Nobody’s Smiling. The song is all about black people growing up in a society where they tend to have more struggles and hardships than other groups of people. The performance was very powerful and became more powerful when the song stopped and Common paid tribute to Michael Brown and asked for a call to action towards violence agains young black men. The parents of Michael Brown then walked on stage where the whole venue paused for a moment of silence accompanied by everyone putting their hands in the air in the stance meaning ‘don’t shoot.’ It was hard not to tear up during this performance.
There was another tear-jerking highlight when legendary beat-box originator Doug E. Fresh was awarded with the ‘I Am Hip Hop’ Award. Doug E. Fresh started off thanking everyone from his family to God, but when it got to thanking his mother, the legend could not stop crying. Doug E. Fresh had just lost his mother to Alzheimers just five weeks ago and it was clear that the wounds are still fresh. It was heart breaking to listen to but turned inspirational when he started to spit a rap,
If it wasn’t for hip hop
I don’t know where I’d be
I thank God for the struggle
But drama is the best story
You’ll receive the best glory
The negative vibes can’t do nothing for me
I live for the love of my sons
Teach them how to walk righteous
Stay away from drugs and guns
Show them the man in me
Teach to strive to be
As wise as me
And pray that I am alive to see my seeds grow up
And rise to be
The best they can be prominently dominantly
The images of me in the form of six kids
Let them fulfill their dreams
and avoid all schemes for materialistic things
Teach them how to embrace Queens
and put God above all things
You know why?
Cuz life isn’t always what it seems
Keep your head up
And never sell your soul for cream
The inspiration didn’t stop there. After his speech Snoop Dogg walks on stage where the two performed the classic song by Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh “Lodi Dodi.”
Some other highlights included a performance by Bobby Shmurda, Rich Gang and DJ Mustard. All of the performances and cyphers can be seen here.