#TBT: “AwNaw” (by Nappy Roots)

 

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Recap: 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards

Last night, the BET Hip Hop Awards annual show was held and here’s a quick recap:

Last night, the BET Hip Hop Awards annual show was held and here’s a quick recap:

  • Kendrick Lamar took home “Best Hip Hop Video,” “Hot Ticket Performer,” Lyricist of the Year,” and “Album of the Year.”
  • Somehow, Cardi B won 5 out of her 9 nominations… I’m not sure why that happened.
  • J. Cole sadly left empty-handed because, honestly, 4 Your Eyez Only wasn’t anything special (compared to other J. Cole works).

(Why were there only 16 award categories?)

 

Check out the Cyphers below:

·       Cypher 1 – Little Simz, 6lack, Mysonne, Axel Leon and Tee Grizzley

·       Cypher 2 – Fat Joe, Cyhi the Prynce, Belly

·       Cypher 3 – J.I.D, Ali Tomineek, Cozz, Kodie Shane

·       Cypher 4 – Eminem

 

What did you think of the cyphers? Who do you think should have won that didn’t?

 

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#TBT: “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” (by Chris Brown)

Another classic from C-Breezy in honor of #ThrowbackThursday. I miss the days when music videos had impressive choreography and synchronized background dancers.

 

 

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Underdog Story: Tito Lopez

Tito Lopez is an incredibly gifted rapper from Mississippi. He began to really generate buzz in 2011 when this video of him freestyling for Dr. Dre emerged.

 

It was confirmed he was working with Dre and all signs pointed to Lopez becoming a big name in hip-hop. Tito’s 2012 mixtape, The Hunger Game, was astounding and in that same year, he released two singles “Mama Proud” and “The Blues” which were his first works to be sold on iTunes.

 

Representing “the underdog”, Tito Lopez told a highly relatable story that resonated with listeners. His music spread like a virus to anybody who was exposed to the catchy vocals and impressive flow. In 2013, Lopez released, Y.O.U, which was a breathtaking mixtape and truly deserved to be an album. I think the project would’ve made a proper debut to introduce him to mainstream media. However, it remained a mixtape.

 

Suddenly, like the lost city of Atlantis, Tito seemingly vanished! It was as if he decided to become a monk or maybe he was kidnapped or something. I tried to find new music from him but returned empty handed.

 

In 2016, after years with absolutely no Internet presence, Tito Lopez finally came out of hiding. In an interview with Inspire Magazine, Lopez gave an update about what he’s been up to (watch the video at the bottom).

 

Simply put, he had a lot of family issues to take care of so he had to put recording to the side for some time. I respect that and, as a fan, it’s the most satisfying and understandable explanation. He chose to leave Capitol Records and he’s now with his independent label, GPT, which was his original crew. He now raps under the name Tito Lo which feels like it was a long time coming if you listen to the song “Black Dude Spanish Name.”

 

Tito seems to be making music again and hopefully he continues to do so for a long time. Check out Lo’s latest mixtape, The Emmett Trill EP, which he released in 2015. I didn’t know about its existence until recently because he changed his penname.

 

Watch the 3-part interview with Inspire below

 

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New Single From Dreamville’s Lute

Lute is releasing his debut album, West 1996 pt. 2, tomorrow and he’s sure to make waves with this project. In anticipation of the album, Lute dropped off another single today. “Premonition” features Cam O’bi and fellow Dreamville labelmates, Earthgang.

 

Last week, Lute released a short documentary, Still Slummin, which details his come-up and gives a bit of a backstory to the artist. I highly recommend checking that out before listening to his new album.

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Are you as excited for West 1996 pt. 2 as I am?

 

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Crazy Collaborations: “Young Seattle”

Sam Lachow periodically teams up with fellow Seattle emcees resulting in some crazy collaborations. So far, there are four parts to “Young Seattle” and each one’s unique, featuring different artists and varied instrumentals.

 

My favorites are definitely part 2 and 3. What do you think?

 

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New Dizzy Wright Music Video

Courtesy of the upcoming movie, Flatliners, hip-hop fans were treated to an awesome music video from Dizzy Wright. It’s always a pleasure to hear new tracks from one of the most consistently impressive lyricists in the game. I might even see the movie in theaters  out of gratitude. Thank you, Flatliners.

 

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