10 Best and Worst Moments at 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards
Hip-hop's brightest and finest stars gathered in Atlanta for the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards this year. While the show has been known to get a little crazy, the show seemed to go on without a hitch despite Scarface's arrest right after he accepted his award.
Since the awards show was only two hours long, there were moments that felt a bit rushed or even absent. But brevity aside, it was packed with a number of special performances including Travis Scott's dramatic entrance to close out the show and a surprise from a rapper in the audience.
Snoop Dogg, better referred to on the show as Uncle Snoop, took charge of the hosting duties and prepared some sketches he hoped would make everyone laugh. And, of course, we can't forget the annual cyphers. No matter which style of rapping or subject matter you prefer, this year's participants outdid themselves and proved that you can't fake the funk when it comes to solid lyrics and a powerful delivery.
So with everything that happened, we put together the highs and lows in the 10 Best and Worst Moments at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards.
If you're not into the BET Hip Hop Awards show itself, the cyphers make it the only reason you should tune in. This year, rappers from all walks of life were given the chance to shine from the block to Broadway. Newbies like King Mez and Jackie Spade spit rhymes while more established MCs like Charles Hamilton and Tink showed and proved. Veteran rhymers Redman and Keith Murphy also flexed their lyrical skills -- age ain't nothing but a number when it comes to hip-hop. Two of the more memorable cyphers include Doug E. Fresh enlisting the talents of Nicole Paris and Rahzel, who showed off their beatboxing skills, and the cast of Hamilton teamed up with Black Thought to get busy.
Fetty Wap is easily one of 2015's hip-hop MVPs. "Trap Queen" pushed him into the spotlight and his self-titled album is taking him all over the U.S. to perform. However, after being involved in a motorcycle accident in September, the New Jersey native couldn't attend the BET Hip Hop Awards this year. He was originally scheduled to perform at the event, but a few surprise moments lead us to believe the network was leaving that spot open for the "679" rhymer. While he wasn't present to accept his Who Blew Up Award, his success was certainly applauded. Hopefully, we'll hear him saying "Yeah, baby" in no time.
Legendary rapper Scarface was honored with the I Am Hip Hop Award for more than two decades in the game. Ludacris presented Brother Mob with the honor after a retrospective video featuring DJ Premier and MC Lyte highlighted his musical past and life after the Geto Boys. The rapper tried to be coy about the award itself, but it was apparent he was more than grateful that so many people of different generations respect his craft and his music.
Snoop Dogg returned as this year's host, but the comical moments he attempted to showcase fell flat in the skits. Going for the casual approach, he set up a news anchor-like desk on the stage and did "interviews" with Ray J and DJ Khaled. This was followed by pre-recorded skits that may have made you chuckle for a second but not enough to really make any impression.
It's one thing to see a veteran alongside a young act, however, Dej Loaf picked Kid Ink to join her onstage during her performance of "Be Real" at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards. Before we saw Ink onstage along with DJ Mustard, she entertained the crowd with a slew of backup dancers. "Bitch you know I'm all about the business / From beginning to the ending never simpin', never slippin / Sipping P-A-T-R-O-to the-N / And if I'm in the building know it's complaints from the tenants," he rhymes. The Bat Gang leader certainly kept it real for the crowd.
Trends in hip-hop come and go and more often than not we'd rather say "peace" to many of them. Sometimes it's just a bit too much. Take, for instance, the woman who delivered Fetty Wap's trophy for the Who Blew Up award. Instead of walking on the stage to hand over the honor, she cruises on one of the hoverboard scooters that everyone and their mama has. We expected her to fall off the gagdet at any moment. Now there's nothing that can describe that scene except for corny.
Even though he looked a bit like a Foot Locker employee, newcomer iLoveMemphis (formerly known as iHeartMemphis) proved why so many people want to "Hit the Quan." The Memphis native launched a dance party with his viral track (even Ellen DeGeneres is singing his praises) and even those in the crowd were moving and grooving. So much in fact that we're sure most people forgot about the silly outfit he was wearing.
O.T. Genasis may be a newcomer but he's certainly be given many good looks in his short career thus far. Last year at the BET Hip Hop Awards he was welcomed to the cypher and this year, he sat front row, taking in all of the festivities alongside Busta Rhymes. However, at a moment's notice, he was challenged to get onstage and perform his hit "CoCo." And although he seemed hesitant at first, Genasis quickly turned up and had everyone singing "I'm in the love with the coco" with the quickness.
If you're tuning into an awards show, it would only make sense to see multiple awards being handed out in hopes that your favorite artist would walk home a big winner. Out of 19 categories, the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards only distributed three awards during the airing of the show. We understand the event was limited to two hours, but it would have been nice to see more rappers highlighted besides Big Sean for Best Club Banger, Fetty Wap for the Who Blew Up Award and Scarface's I Am Hip Hop Award honor. We're pretty sure you didn't even know J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive won Album of the Year nor Kendrick Lamar scored the Best Hip Hop Video for "Alright." Next time, lose those Snoop Dogg skits, BET, and give the artists their shine.
If you've ever been to a Travi$ Scott then you already know this is an artist who leaves a lasting impression in some way, shape or form. The Houston native didn't disappoint at the BET Hip Hop Awards when he was tapped to close out the show. La Flame pulled up onstage in a truck that makes our inner child green with envy. Between the fog and the larger than life pickup truck, his performance of "90210" and "Antidote" was given the theatrical treatment. With the sounds of booming applause surrounding him as he finished, it's safe to say the audience enjoyed this flip on his usual rodeo.
[gallery galleryid="625:191451" galleryindex="0" ids="191504,191521,191476,191498,191481,191473,191500,191519,191484,191480,191518,191496,191479,191495,191474,191494,191530,191523,191522,191478,191491,191488,191517,191524,191528,191471" enablefullscreen="yes" showthumbs="no"]