Oh BET...how we loathe thee. Yesterday, BET unveiled its nominees for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards AKA The excuse to get every ignant rapper to an award show. And when the nominations dropped, it left some (read: all) people scratching their heads. Here are 5 Problems with the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations.
Lyricist of the Year
Go ahead...read the nominees again...I'll wait. Nominating Rick Ross in the 'Lyricist of the Year' category is like nominating Master P for an Oscar. Rapping about Miami, pretending to sell drugs, bitches and money, while entertaining, doesn't really qualify you to be a lyricist. Yes, Ricky Ross had a good year and it's amazing he could move on from the following photo:
...but 'Lyricist of the Year' he is not.
MVP of the Year
Really BET? Wiz Khalifa is potentially the 2011 Hip-Hop MVP? Why? Because he slept with Kanye's ex? He raps about marijuana? He has a lot of tattoos? Why am I asking so many questions?
Best Hip-Hop Video
Big Sean f/ Chris Brown – “My Last”
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”
DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – “I’m on One”
Eminem f/ Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”
Kanye West f/ Rihanna – “All of the Lights”
Now call me crazy, but I would assume the 'Best Hip-Hop Video' category should feature videos by Hip-Hop artists. I know, I know...it's a bit of a stretch...but why in the blue hell is Chris Brown nominated in this category? I'll let Jay-Z tell it:
Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now” (Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)
Lil Wayne – “Motivation” (Kelly Rowland f/ Lil Wayne)
Nicki Minaj – “Monster” (Kanye West f/ Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver)
Wiz Khalifa – “Bright Lights, Bigger City” (Cee-Lo Green f/ Wiz Khalifa)
Wiz Khalifa – “Till I’m Gone” (Tinie Tempah f/ Wiz Khalifa)
Um...Wiz Khalifa doesn't have a verse on Tinie Tempah's "Till I'm Gone." He essentially does the hook...and here's the hook:
I grew tired of the same, then one night
Packed my things, told the one I love
I’ll be back one day
Through the fight, through the pain
Booked a flight, took a plane
Told her not to cry
I’ll be back one day
Wow...powerful stuff. Best Featured Verse? Fug outta here!
Rookie of the Year
Tyler, the Creator
I think I missed a memo somewhere. Does Frank Ocean Rap?