BET Hip-Hop Awards

Oct
15
BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014 Cyphers

Taylor Gang Cypher

The BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014 aired last night, and the highlight was once again the cyphers. Established and up-and-coming MCs all stepped to the mic hoping to earn a spot alongside Kendrick Lamar, Mos Def, Eminem, and Royce Da 5’9″ in the cypher hall of fame.

Taylor Gang’s Tuki Carter, Berner, Chevy Woods, Ty Dolla $ign, Juicy J, and Wiz Khalifa joined forces and repped for their clique.

Lil Mama, Detroit Che, and Snow Tha Product held it down for the ladies, while Troy Ave, Vic Mensa, Kevin Gates, and Jarren Benton proved why they earned a spot on XXL‘s Freshman Class list.

Hip-hop couple Remy Ma and Papoose celebrated black love with their cypher, name checking other famous couples including Beyoncé and Jay Z and Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz.

With DJ Premier on the turntables, Arsonal, Couture, Calicoe, and Murda Mook all participated in a live cypher, but it was Mook who stole the show at the expense of Drake.

Who had the best cypher? Watch and weigh in below.

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Oct
14
Brandy, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, & Yo-Yo Reunite at BET Hip-Hop Awards

MC Lyte, Brandy, Queen Latifah, and Yo-Yo

Brandy celebrated the 20th anniversary of her debut single with a white-hot performance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014, which aired on Tuesday night.

Against an all-white set, the R&B diva reunited with Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and Yo-Yo to perform the hip-hop remix of “I Wanna Be Down.”

With her brother Ray J looking on, Brandy kicked things off followed by Lyte, Yo-Yo, and Latifah, who earned the largest applause.

Watch the ladies shut it down.

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Oct
14
Common and Jay Electronica Pay Tribute to Mike Brown at BET Hip-Hop Awards

Vince Staples, Jay Electronica, Mike Brown's parents, and Common

The most powerful moment of the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014 came courtesy of Common. The Chicago lyricist was joined by Jay Electronica, Vince Staples, and a choir while performing the remix to his Nobody’s Smiling single “Kingdom.”

“We do this for the people, black people all around this country that go through the struggle,” said Common. “We do this for our lost soldiers, our fallen soldiers.”

At the end of the performance, he brought out the parents of Mike Brown. The crowd put their hands in the air and there was a moment of silence in remembrance of the unarmed black teen who was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson.

Common’s peers praised his stirring set on social media. “Powerful moment on BET just now,” tweeted Trey Songz, while Estelle added, “Shouts to @common for powerful moment @ the bet hiphop awards. #MikeBrownlaw.”

Jay Electronica will join Common on his “Nobody’s Smiling” tour, which kicks off November 21 in Las Vegas.

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Sep
21
BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014: T.I., Snoop Dogg, Brandy, Keyshia Cole, Young Thug, & YG

MC Lyte, Brandy, Queen Latifah, and Yo-Yo

There were laughs and tears at the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014 on Saturday. Hosted by Snoop Dogg, the ninth annual show returned to the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta to honor the best in hip-hop, with performances from some of the year’s biggest stars.

Uncle Snoop showed off his comedic chops in several skits throughout the evening. He brought his GGN network to life on stage, interviewing French Montana and “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Mimi Faust.

In honor of the song’s 20-year anniversary, Brandy reunited with Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and Yo-Yo to perform the hip-hop remix to her debut single “I Wanna Be Down.”

The most powerful moment of the evening came when Common, Jay Electronica, and Vince Staples stood on stage with the parents of Mike Brown. There was a moment of silence and the crowd put their hands in the air in remembrance of the unarmed black teen who was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson.

With tears in his eyes, Doug E. Fresh acknowledged his late mother while accepting the “I Am Hip-Hop Award.”

“I want to thank this woman and hip-hop. If it wasn’t for hip-hop, I don’t know where I would be,” said an emotional Fresh, who also performed “La Di Da Di” with Snoop.

T.I. took the stage with Young Thug for “About the Money,” Rae Sremmurd performed their summer anthem “No Flex Zone,” and Migos knocked it out with “Fight Night.”

A day after being arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman in Birdman’s condo, Keyshia Cole presented Producer of the Year to DJ Mustard. Her rumored boyfriend Birdman was also in the house, performing “Lifestyle” with Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug.

Drake received the most nominations with eight, followed by Jay Z, Pharrell, and Future with six apiece.

The BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014, along with the pre-recorded cyphers, will air October 14 at 8 p.m. EST.

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Sep
18
BET Reveals 2014 Cyphers Lineup

Taylor Gang Cypher

Who will have the most-talked-about cypher at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards? The hotly-anticipated lineup has been revealed.

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Sep
4
Drake Leads BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014 Nominations

Drake

The Drakeover continues. Drake lands eight nominations at the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014.

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Oct
15
Kendrick Lamar Crushes the Competition with BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher

Kendrick Lamar

He killed “Control.” And Kendrick Lamar once again proved why he’s untouchable during his cypher at the BET Hip-Hop Awards. Following his fellow TDE members SchoolBoy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, and Isaiah Rashad, the Compton MC stepped to the mic and left a bloody path in his wake.

He took subliminal shots at Drake (“Nothing’s been the same since they dropped ‘Control’/ And tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes”) and showed who’s boss (“Hold up, wait a minute, your career ain’t shit unless you got some Kendrick in it”).

Watch the cypher below and see why King Kendrick deserves the crown.

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