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2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards Recap

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In keeping with the stereotype that Black folks are always late, BET aired the 2014 Hip-Hop Awards last night something like three weeks after it filmed in Atlanta. Why? My guess is because there’s usually a fight or twelve at the hip-hop awards and BET wanted the ability to edit it out, ya know, just in case. Can’t say I blame them. I guess.

Anyway, I’m going to have to revisit my tweets to figure out what happened because I actually can’t remember it at all. That’s not completely true. I remember a few things. Let’s dive in and see where this goes.

  • There was at least one highlight of the night in the “I Wanna Be Down (Remix)” reunion where Brandy came out lookin’ like everything I’ve ever wanted in a boo, then MC Lyte came out and looked like the baddest woman in the land who hasn’t aged in 20 years. She’s so hot. Yo-Yo and Queen Latifah did their thing. Point is, this song came out almost 20 years ago. That is amazing.
  • Speaking of old niggas being amazing, Doug E. Fresh won a lifetime achievement award and he and Snoop performed “Lodi Dodi” off of Doggystyle, a song that came out at least 20 years ago.
  • Snoop was the host. This is either a good thing or a bad thing. Turns out it was both. As a host, he’s pretty unremarkable. However, as a personality on stage who dances and sings everybody’s song with them? He was golden. Remember how Jill Scott was living her life like she was golden? Same thing.
  • That reminds me, though, how terrible Snoop is at Instagram. I follow him because I hate myself mostly. He has more random ass pictures that are clearly accidents that he decided to post anyway. Foot? Yep. Random ass blurry photo of an exit sign? Yep. Sprinkled amidst the pictures of his children, wife, and large catalog of self-appointed and monogrammed paraphernalia, are random ass shots of “why did I take this picture but I should post it anyway.”
  • One of the main reasons I watched this awards show aside from Tweeting with the Black populace was because I saw that Young Thug was going to be performing live a few times (once with Rich Gang compatriot, Rich Homie Quan who accepted an award with no shirt on and once with T.I. performing “About The Money”). I wanted to see how unintelligible he was live. Pretty darn, as it turns out. You know how folks try to sing along wtih songs all the time that they know and love? Not one damn person could sing along with”Lifestyle”. Folks were just swaying back and forth. Even Future, the godfather of this unintelligible shit couldn’t sing along. It looked like a church full of Black people humming along to the 2nd and 3rd verses of “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing”.
  • Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang cypher was as bad as you think it would be. Wiz Khalifa isn’t really the best rapper on the planet but he knows how to make a hit. Now imagine a crew of people worse than Wiz Khalifa who also can’t make a hit. Then picture Wiz Khalifa’s 6’something” ass wearing what looked like white jeggings and an over-sized hoodie. He looked like a really cold woman. And THAT was the most interesting part of the Taylor Gang cypher.
  • Common, Vincent Staples, and Jay Electronica did the song “Kingdom” off Com’s last album whose name I forget because nobody remembers it. Jay Electronica showed up and continued to troll his fans since everybody knows we’re never getting a Jay Electronica album. But here he goes anyway with his random hot verse tease.
  • Migos came out looking like a lot of bad fashion decisions. I have no idea their individual names, but one Migo had on what looked like a paisley jumper. It might have been two pieces but looked like a big ass onesie. Don’t wear onesies on stage, yo. Just don’t do it.

I’m struggling right here. Seriously. I’ve got the amnesia Kevin Hart has in this season opener of Real Husbands of Hollywood.

  • I can barely remember any awards. In fact, I’m guessing they aired maybe 3 or 4.
  • Bobby Shmurda closed out the show with the song “Hot Nigga”. It was not an impressive performance but literally every single person in the audience was waiting for this song to come on. I love that song despite it being one of the most violent songs in the history of ever. But still, Free Meeshie, ho.
  • The only cypher that stood out to me was the live cypher done towards the end of the show and that’s only because Murda Mook tore the stage down. He took shots at Drake. That was fun. I don’t keep up with the beefs like I used to so I’m sure somebody knows why they were beefing. Not I said the Panama.
  • One highlight was Remy Ma and Papoose being on a cypher and doing a verse together. Now, I know many of you love Remy Ma. I’m not one of you. I like Papoose even less. But hey, Black love and shit.

Aight, that’s all I have. Literally. I know many of you watched the awards. What were your highlights?

Panama Jackson

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  • PunchDrunkLove

    I decided to take a pass. I detected ratchety ratch on the previews. Still gotta watch dvr’d LHHH from yesterday. Too much intake just ain’t good….lolol

    • panamajackson

      I actually didn’t feel like it was super ratchet. It was just…stark. It was telling watching these old folks that I love with these new folks and realizing the span that hip-hop has.

      There realy are two different schools of hip-hop. I listened “The Show” this morning on Sway In The Morning and got so hype and thought to myself, this felt so great back in the day. It’s just interesting.

      • PunchDrunkLove

        Yeah, I definitely get that. I was just feeling some kinda way with Snoop playing host. Snoop did host, right?

        • panamajackson

          Yep. He was the host.

  • Meridian

    The length of the show was a highlight for me. The BET Awards run like, what? 4 hours? I like that they packed a bunch of stuff into half the time and kept it moving. Obviously the Mike Brown semi-tribute was very powerful. It’s really cool to see all those celebrities with their hands up and just giving that respect to him and his parents. They break my heart every time I see them because they just look so broken up. I’m glad we can at least uplift them in this moment though. The cyphers were alright. They weren’t anything special but I was entertained. That last one was flames. The Nia Long cameos were cool, definitely laughed my a*s off. Brandy and company up there looking like Triple OGs…whatever that means. Doug E Fresh had me feeling real whippersnappery and something about his performance and the sound of the “Club Bangers” category made me have an epiphany about Hip Hop eras. I’m not sure what it is yet but I feel oddly enlightened and I don’t even know why. Libation for mom dukes too. That was touching.

    • kidvideo

      +1 for Nia…she got that Milf sh*t on lock.

      • panamajackson

        Man, Nia is the MILFIEST MILF who ever MILFED.

        • my eyes get wide and glossy when Queen Nia is onscreen. Good lord, Jesus be a fence.

          • panamajackson

            I feel the same. I promise if I saw Nia in person, I’d have to try to holler just so I could say I took my shot.

            • If I saw her in person I’d climb into her Celine bag and hope she’d take me home and make me Trinidadian cuisine and we brush each other’s hair and gossip and have secks and maybe some fried chicken too.

              • menajeanmaehightower

                You two are the same size. Why do you want to hurt her shoulder by jumping in her bag?

            • camilleblu

              shyt…so would i #shebad

    • IcePrincess

      Yea I was shocked as sh*t that they made it (only!) 2 hrs. Bout time. Pardon the pun lol

      • Meridian

        I see what you did there, lol. Word though. When it ended I was legit surprised because I was expecting it to be super long.

    • panamajackson

      Triple OGs, while WILDLY misused by these idiots on rap songs, are the super old heads who have somehow still managed to be alive. lol. Folks with a tremendous number of years in the game. French Montana called Snoop a Triple OG which ain’t accurate (though if Snoop was really bangin’ he would be creepin’ up on that status) but I suppose he was just trying to be respectful.

      • Meridian

        Like a gangbanger who lived passed the expectancy but not someone who is just an affiliate of gangbanging but is still alive. Well, I like the way it sounds so I’m gonna use it incorrectly too.

        • panamajackson

          Yeah, clearly hip-hop tiptoes all over gangsterisms. I mean, Lil Wayne and NY UBN “Bloods” ruined it in my opinion. They made it chic to be in a gang.

          • Meridian

            I think everyone does that or at least contributes to it. People grow up on the streets in that kind of environment and even though they weren’t about that life, they still experienced it enough to borrow from it. Rappers in general seem to skew gangster culture nowadays. I’m not a big Hip Hop head but I don’t think it was always like that. I think it was more conscious in regards to the struggle and not so much about appropriating its victims.

      • Epsilonicus

        I figured anyone 40 and older would be triple OG. Is Snoop 40?

  • I heard someone that has a paynus was in a dress. I didn’t watch….I got nada

    • tgtaggie

      It was literally a see through dress w/leggings. I couldn’t stop laughing the whole time.

    • panamajackson

      That would be Young Thug. Who is ALSO a Blood. Let that marinate.

      • Sooooo-woooooo! My favorite rappers right now are all Bloods. YG is bae and he a Pisces so there’s that too :-)

  • LadyIbaka

    Thoughts in order:

    1.) As an artiste, I would never publicly declare my detest for the BET Awards, but maaan, I have no respect for any EBT awards. In my bio, they would remain unlisted. #nophakksgiven

    2.) That song go harrrrrrd! #schmurder baby.

    2a.) Are those his teeth or are they plastic surgeoned into him like Kim Kardashian’s cakes? #becauselawwdhammercy.

    2b.) I watched an interview he did, and I didn’t listen to a thing he said but watched his mouth the whole time. He murdered that gum he was chewing like his life depended on it.

    3.) Are the Grammys funded? Well, can the same powers that be, extend their charitable hands to EBT. Folks are always underdressed….I mean who are these accepting awards with no shirts on? A plain tee is like a $2 at most.

    4.) Is Migos, Miguel of leg me ardon you fame?

    • SuperStrings

      LOL at 2b). I think I saw that same interview

    • panamajackson

      I think many folks view the BET Awards as a chance to “keep it real” and let our hair down. This is both a good and bad thing.

  • kidvideo

    I caught the second hour when Doug E. was giving
    his speech…it was down hill from there, expect for the
    Brandy set.
    My favorite current rappers(Curren$y, Big KRIT), didn’t
    perform…probably cause they didn’t sign a 360 deal…
    (aka…getting screwed out of their show/merchandise
    money, for radio play).

    *cut to pic of Kermit sipping tea*

    • panamajackson

      They ain’t perform because not one of them has a hit worth talking about. One day I will write about KRIT.

    • Kim

      I love Big KRIT he has a great catalogue but nothing that will appeal to the masses. 4 eva N a day should’ve been an ablum.

      • panamajackson

        I think Return of 4eva should have been his major label debut. Nothing before or after it was as good, complete, or lush.

        • Jay

          Yes!! My homegirl put me on Return of 4eva and I’ve been a fan ever since. IMO that’s one of the best albums PERIOD in hip hop since 2010.

  • ECLSIC

    Wow no mention of the David Banner, Treach, and Snow the Product cipher??? Which I personally thought was fire. But I’ve been keeping up with David and the things he’s been doing in the black community.

    • IcePrincess

      I’ve always had the biggest crush on DB! Loooove me a country boy. And smart, too ????

      • David Banner can have *john legend voice* awlllll of meee

    • Snow went in. David Banner was just too detached. This a cypher. Why are you in the back reading? I get what he was trying to do, but…he just shoulda took a different approach.

      • panamajackson

        And it wasn’t a good one.

    • I always like Banner the dude not Banner the rapper. Something was always missing for me.

    • His flow and voice were trash.

    • panamajackson

      Look, I know folks love David Banner as he’s turned himself into an elder statesman of hip-hop and it seems like he and Killer Mike are truly the only ones articulate enough to speak on issues in the community. With that said, I didn’t love his verse. Just because you’re saying something doesn’t mean you’re saying something dope.

      I couldn’t remember that chick’s name to save my life. She popped off. But I also wasn’t impressed.

      And because I’m a total hater, Treach gets points for being Treach. Period. Any other rapper spitting his verse would have been ignored like 90 percent of those other fools in the cyphers who sucked.

      • but Peej, most of the hip in hip hop needs a hip replacement!! How would you have known that without Treach telling you??? #HotFiyah

        • panamajackson

          Just stop it.

          • #BARS.
            *buttons just the top button of my Dickies shirt and walks off*

            • panamajackson

              Treach absolutely did not have bars.

              • Epsilonicus

                None at all. Yo fell all the way off. Or he actually tried to make something up off the top and failed miserably.

      • Epsilonicus

        The people in the Lil Mama cypher were not too bad. Except for Lil Mama. Her verse was trash.

  • @bakaripace

    Drake said he wanted to challenge Mook to battle.

    • in jest, Aubrey know better to ball on concrete

    • panamajackson

      While I can’t see Drake challenging any of these dudes to a battle, being on top does make him an easy target. Mook would love to have even ONE of Drake’s hits. He’d even take “Hold On I’m Coming Home”

  • I gave up on these “hip hop awards” last year and ill probably catch the cyphers online, Brandy looks good tho, well i prefer more thigh meat *shrug*

    • panamajackson

      Brandy looked great. I love her long time.

  • IcePrincess

    I ?? TI, but during his performance w/ Thug, all I could think was, “why is this ninja vibrating?” I feel like he was trying to hard to act young & hip or something. All that shaking & ticking had him lookin crazy. Imo

    • Meridian

      I had genuine laughter watching Ti. Legit laughing at him waiting for him to fall or slip from doing all that extra. He just KNEW he was gettin’ it, hot diggidy dog mack daddy!

      • IcePrincess

        Ikr?! Too funny

    • T.I. had to be on a pill and a half. This ninja had Shenron on his jacket and everything.

      • IcePrincess

        Lol! That’s that cocaine *benzino voice*

    • panamajackson

      Well the problem is that “About The Money” is a slow arse song. It doesn’t leave room for much animation. It’s not dancey or anything. Tip was doing too much.

    • PivotTable

      He was doing high kicks. I couldn’t tell if he was trying to imitate Kanye’s stage presence or if he was on speed.

  • One highlight was Remy Ma and Papoose being on a cypher and doing a
    verse together. Now, I know many of you love Remy Ma. I’m not one of
    them. I like Papoose even less. But hey, Black love and shit.

    This response is brought to you by the words F*ck and You! I know their suits ain’t shiny enough for ya, but let us fans of East Coast Hip-Hop live. Though if Remy Ma can finally convince Papoose that “Reduce microphones to melted piles of plastics and metals” isn’t a good way to make a hit album, the world would be a better place. Take a bit off of your fastball Pap, and you’ll get the props you richly deserve.

    • panamajackson

      How you gon’ say their suits ain’t shiny enough for me when you damn NYers ushered in the shiny suit era. Blame Puffy bro. And I think Remy is cool but I just dont care about her catalog short of the Ante Up remix. And Papoose is Papoose. Nothing can change that, no matter how many weights he lifted in Remy’s honor.

      Also, I’m an East Coast rap fan. Get out your feelings. Though you have to admit, when defending Remy Ma and Papoose is what the East is reduced to…well…something is awry.

      • The problem with East Coast hip-hop is kind of like the Cavs without LeBron James. They’re a bunch of role players looking for a star. The bench is fine but there is no one transcendent on a Jay Z/Nas level. Pap has star talent but 12th man charisma.

        • panamajackson

          See, I don’t even know if he has star talent. Sure he can spit. But so can any number of rappers. I don’t feel like can put together a good song. In fact, I think that’s the biggest problem for many NY rappers. They never figured out that Fabolous punchline+song structure formula.

          • ASAP is doing well. You put me onto Rocky!

            • panamajackson

              ASAP is still around. (And you’re welcome). But I feel like his best days are behind him. He’s a good rapper but I also think he wasn’t transcendent enough to truly rise above the fray. I’d like to see him make music that more people wanted to listen to. ASAP looks the pop star part, but his music is still a bit too in accessible.

          • God Shammgod

            Sure he can spit. But so can any number of rappers. I don’t feel like can put together a good song.

            See: House,Slaughter.

            • Epsilonicus

              NONE OF THAT SLAUGHTERHOUSE SLANDER!

              • God Shammgod

                Slaughter is full of folks that can rap their azzes off but can’t make a single to save their lives.

                It’s too bad the Smack DVD era ended years ago.

                • RewindingtonMaximus

                  Sad thing though is they can actually make songs, but as a group, their styles don’t mesh for it a quick radio hit. The songs they make are the songs you aint trying to bump to feel good, its the songs you bump when you need to get something off your chest.
                  Same thing with most rappers out there that lyrically hit gold but nothing else like Cyhi da Prynce, King Chip, Curren$y, etc

            • panamajackson

              Yeah. Slaughter is a bunch of dudes who can spit hot fiyah all day. Except where it counts. Songs sound like Nikki from LHHHollywood’s body.

              • the only place it truly counted was when they all did the cypher like two years ago. i STILL listen to that from time to time.

                • RewindingtonMaximus

                  Same here, that cypher was hard body

                  • Epsilonicus

                    That was a gold standard cypher

                • Jay

                  Me too. Slaughterhouse Cypher= greatest in the history of BET Cyphers hands down.

            • Me and my boy are still low-key feuding because I maintain that Royce is a dope rapper who cannot write a song for himself.

              • Jay

                Royce is dope.

              • Paradigm

                Royce went in on “Say It Again” w/ Wale on his Back to the Feature mixtape.. My man said “You’s a big dummy like Lamont Sanford.. Ya’ life is a product of trash..” #BARS

                I still had hope in Wale at this point but word to Biggie.. Things done changed!

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJUvd_t0vo8

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        NY rap lacks an identity because everyone is taking cues from the South, mainly Atlanta. Old school NY rap had a distinct flavor, and its hard for anyone new to repeat that. For instance, Joey BadA$$ is a good throwback to classic NY rap, but he’s not going to have a hit on the radio anytime soon, because his rhyme structure aint simple enough. We got plenty of underground acts with some great mixtapes but nobody is going to takeover.

        In truth, I’m comfortable with the death of the NY reign. But I’m not comfortable with everybody across the board sounding the same except Drake. That’s bothersome.

        • God Shammgod

          I don’t think its because his rhyme structure isnt simple. It’s because 90s rap needs to stay where it is…in the 90s.

          I’m not here for the fake nostalgia from kids that cant even legally vote. He’s close to my brothers age…my brother was born in 97. Just let that sink in. It screams mimicry. Why am I gonna listen to Action Bronson when I’ve got Supreme Clientele on spotify?

          It’s the same way how if someone came up sounding like Tribe Called Quest in the Early aughts they wouldn’t have caught traction. Music grows and changes, and the people in the big music consumption demographic arent into the boom-bap era. Nor should they be.

          The only way NYC is gonna move forward in hip hop is not by reminiscing. Leave that to us in the late 20s/30s/40s. Be comfortable creating your own sound. And take some tips from the South and use hot beats. Doesnt have to have Atlanta style bounce/bass, but I cant shake my azz to a hot 16 with trash production. Andyes, you can have both.

          Also, we have to stop being so pressed to announce the new King of New York. The dope artist wont need to be labeled by us, it’ll be self evident.

          • I’d totally be here for a bunch of cats my age jacking Native Tongues style.

          • panamajackson

            I was having this conversation with my self last night. The thing that made hip-hop so great as we moved along was the innovation. You can see clear moves in creativity from the 80s forward. But now all beats do roughly sound the same. Well at least the stuff that most folks think of as hip-hop. I wonder what will happen going forward.

            • God Shammgod

              I’m with you. Also people seemed to be determined to forget that for all of the greatness of the 90s there was a WHOLE lotta straight basura.

              • RewindingtonMaximus

                Well that goes for any genre of music. But for us, it was our essential growing up kit. So its always gonna get a pass for awesome despite the other stuff hidden beneath

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              I think hip hop itself is going to slowly infuse with a different genre of music. I don’t see it being what it is right now for much longer. I could be wrong, but whatever the new direction is, it definitely will not be like anything we’ve had so far.

            • Jungle Pu**y is the future of hip hop.

            • Jay

              My exact thoughts while watching the cyphers. A lot of them were decent. I couldn’t say that they couldn’t spit, but they were all using the same rhyme structures and redos of metaphors that we’ve been hearing since Big L. Nothing new, nothing innovative, nobody took any risks.

          • IMO hip-hop and soul music has moved overseas.

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              True. The Koreans are sonning us on some R&B and rap joints yo…most entertaining stuff to watch

              • DBoySlim

                Check out Dynamic Duo’s Good Love. My boy from Korea put me on it. One of my favorite tracks ever and the verses were in Korean.

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            Hmm. Good points Baby Sham. Good points indeed.
            Now if every NY rapper out right now could read this…..

          • DBoySlim

            A Freaking Men. I get so tired of the “State of New York Rap” conversations. It’s exhausting.

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