BET celebrated the best in music and fashion at “Rip the Runway,” which aired on Wednesday night. Kelly Rowland and Boris Kodjoe co-hosted the 9th annual event from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, with performances from hip-hop and R&B’s brightest young stars including Meek Mill, Jaden Smith, Trinidad James, Sevyn Streeter, and more.
Trinidad James provided the soundtrack for spring breakers with his singles “Female$ Welcomed” and “All Gold Everything,” while bikini-clad models served up some eye candy. Jaden Smith showcased his MSFT clothing line and his rhymes with the “MSFTS Anthem.” Even his younger sister Willow made an appearance at the end.
Meek Mill brought out Rick Ross for an explosive performance of “Believe It,” while their MMG comrade Omarion serenaded the plus-size girls with “M.I.A.”
Chris Brown’s CBE signee Sevyn impressed with her debut single “I Like It,” and R&B newcomer Luke James delivered a grown and sexy performance of “I.O.U.”
If you missed it, check out some of the fashionable performances below.
The freaks come out in Wale’s circus-themed video for “The Show” featuring Rick Ross and Aaron Wess. Fresh off announcing his album title and release date for The Gifted, the MMG rapper rolls out the dark and mysterious clip, which features a sword swallower, showgirls, and a straitjacket. The song appears on Wale’s 2012 mixtape Folarin.
Strip clubs and dollar bills, Rihanna serves up another round with the ratchet RIHmix to her Unapologetic single “Pour It Up.” The pop star hits the strip club and balls out with Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Juicy J, and T.I. on the Mike WiLL Made It-produced banger.
Jeezy kicks things off, throwing hundreds and listening to Kendrick Lamar, while Rozay dedicates his verse to the sexy ladies. Current king of the strip clubs, Juicy J, causes a rainstorm, and Tip surrounds himself with bad bitches like RiRi and booties like Nicki.
This marks the first time Jeezy and Ross have appeared on the same track since their backstage brawl at the BET Hip Hop Awards in September. “#Ross and #Jeezy on the #RIHmix at the same damn time #HIPHOPHISTORIH Po it the PHUCK UP!!!” tweeted RiRi.
Who had the best verse? Listen and weigh in below.
Hit-Boy is not playing. The super-producer drums up even more anticipation for his HS87 compilation All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of by dropping a cypher with some of hip-hop’s finest and freshest. The five-minute track features 10 MCs including Kent M$NEY, Audio Push, B Mac the Queen, ScHoolBoyQ, Casey Veggies, Xzibit, Rick Ross, Method Man, Redman, and Raekwon.
Started from the bottom, now he’s here. Rick Ross makes no apologies for his lavish lifestyle in the flashy video for “Ashamed” off his 2012 album God Forgives, I Don’t. A fur-clad Rozay plays with a lynx cat and chills poolside with a bikini-clad babe in his million-dollar mansion as he reflects on his come-up.
“Until then, I’ma be a D-boy, I’m ashamed to say,” raps the Bawse, whose new album Mastermind is due this year.
Music and fashion once again converged at BET’s 9th annual “Rip the Runway” at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Wednesday. Models strut down the catwalk in the hottest designer threads as some of hip-hop and R&B’s most stylish stars provided the soundtrack.
Trinidad James turned the runway gold with his hit “All Gold Everything,” Meek Mill and Rick Ross ignited the stage with “Believe It,” and Chris Brown’s CBE signee Sevyn Streeter performed her debut single “I Like It.” With proud mom Jada Pinkett watching from the audience, Jaden Smith was joined by his sister Willow as models sported his MSFT brand. Other performers included Omarion, Luke James, and Watch the Duck.
Fresh off her Oscars gig, Kelly Rowland co-hosted with Boris Kodjoe, changing multiple times throughout the taping. Teyana Taylor held it down on the red carpet, bringing her friend Karrueche Tran as her date.
French Montana shines bright in the flashy video for “Diamonds,” a cut off his 2012 mixtape Mac & Cheese 3. The Bad Boy rapper, along with his mentor Rick Ross and Roc Nation’s J. Cole, stay dripped in diamonds as they spit showy rhymes. With a red cup in hand, Cole reps the Roc and flashes his Jesus piece, the Bawse flaunts his big rocks, and French keeps his neck and wrist iced out. Watch them get their shine on.
Get your diamonds in the sky. French Montana teams with J. Cole and Rick Ross in the shiny new trailer for “Diamonds,” a cut off his 2012 mixtape Mac & Cheese 3. The rappers show off their rocks in the black-and-white video, set to debut later this month.
Meanwhile, French has delayed his debut Excuse My French from April 16 to May 21. It will feature the Nicki Minaj-assisted single “Freaks,” plus collaborations with M.I.A., The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, and more.