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Will Nicki Minaj’s 7 Year Winning Streak Break at this Year’s BET Awards?

In the past, the BET Awards have had predictable winners in the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, and Best Female Hip Hop Artist categories. This year’s nominations include some tough competition for past champions Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, and Drake. Beyoncé is nominated for 7 awards including Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Video, and Best Album. She’ll be competing against sister Solange who garnered 4 nominations for her unique and potent album, A Seat at the Table with accompany visuals to Cranes in the Sky. This year brings some stiff competition in the Male R&B/Pop category with both the Weeknd and Bruno Mars’ stellar year of chart topping singles. With a combination of viral memes and shout-outs, Rae Sremmurd’s, Black Beetles and Migos, Bad and Bougie are tough choices in the Best Collaboration category. The Best Male Hip Hop category has always included the biggest and best mainstream male rappers like J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Drake so it should be up in the air on who takes the award.

The most interesting category will be the Best Female Hip Hop Artist winner. Nicki Minaj has been the reigning champ for the past 7 years with last year being the first time she was not present at the awards. At one point, I felt the category should have been replaced with Best Hip Hop Artist and just include female and male rappers until a bigger pool of female M.C.s charted. This year, Minaj will be up against some talented rappers for the first time in years including Remy Ma, who most deemed the winner in their very public beef, newcomer Young M.A., legendary M.C. Missy Elliott and popular reality star, Cardi B. I’m thinking it’s between Minaj, Remy and Young M.A. Both Remy and Young M.A. had at least a couple of hits last year over Minaj but Nicki dropped at least 3 singles in March of 2017. Missy’s awaited comeback was a little underwhelming while Cardi B gained some surprising support for her music compared to other members of the Love & Hip Hop cast. With Remy Ma and Fat Joe’s hit, All the Way Up mixed in with her diss record, shETHER, I think Remy will finally break Nicki’s winning streak this year.

Below are the rest of the nominees including the Film, International and the Gospel/Inspirational categories. The awards will take place on 25 June at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
BEYONCÉ
KEHLANI
MARY J. BLIGE
RIHANNA
SOLANGE

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
BRUNO MARS
CHRIS BROWN
THE WEEKND
TREY SONGZ
USHER

Best Group
2 CHAINZ & LIL WAYNE
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
FAT JOE & REMY MA
MIGOS
RAE SREMMURD

Best Collaboration
BEYONCÉ FT. KENDRICK LAMAR – FREEDOM
CHANCE THE RAPPER FT. 2 CHAINZ & LIL WAYNE – NO PROBLEM
CHRIS BROWN FT. GUCCI MANE & USHER – PARTY
DJ KHALED FT. BEYONCÉ & JAY Z – SHINING
MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT – BAD AND BOUJEE
RAE SREMMURD FT. GUCCI MANE – BLACK BEATLES

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
BIG SEAN
CHANCE THE RAPPER
DRAKE
FUTURE
J. COLE
KENDRICK LAMAR

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
CARDI B
MISSY ELLIOTT
NICKI MINAJ
REMY MA
YOUNG M.A.

Video of the Year
BEYONCÉ – SORRY
BIG SEAN – BOUNCE BACK
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT – BAD AND BOUJEE
SOLANGE – CRANES IN THE SKY

Video Director of the Year
BENNY BOOM – KEHLANI “CRZY”
BRUNO MARS & JONATHAN LIA – BRUNO MARS “THAT’S WHAT I LIKE”
DIRECTOR X – ZAYN MALIK “LIKE I WOULD”
HYPE WILLIAMS – TYGA “GUCCI SNAKES FT. DESIIGNER”
KAHLIL JOSEPH & BEYONCÉ KNOWLES-CARTER – BEYONCÉ “SORRY”

Best New Artist
21 SAVAGE
CARDI B
CHANCE THE RAPPER
KHALID
YOUNG M.A.

Album of the Year
24K MAGIC – BRUNO MARS
4 YOUR EYEZ ONLY – J. COLE
A SEAT AT THE TABLE – SOLANGE
COLORING BOOK – CHANCE THE RAPPER
LEMONADE – BEYONCÉ

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
CECE WINANS – NEVER HAVE TO BE ALONE
FANTASIA FT. TYE TRIBBETT – I MADE IT
KIRK FRANKLIN FT. SARAH REEVES, TASHA COBBS & TAMELA MANN – MY WORLD NEEDS YOU
LECRAE – CAN’T STOP ME NOW (DESTINATION)
TAMELA MANN – GOD PROVIDES

Best Actress
GABRIELLE UNION
ISSA RAE
JANELLE MONÁE
TARAJI P. HENSON
VIOLA DAVIS

Best Actor
BRYSHERE Y. GRAY
DENZEL WASHINGTON
DONALD GLOVER
MAHERSHALA ALI
OMARI HARDWICK

YoungStars Award
ACE HUNTER
CALEB MCLAUGHLIN
JADEN SMITH
MARSAI MARTIN
YARA SHAHIDI

Best Movie
FENCES
GET OUT
HIDDEN FIGURES
MOONLIGHT
THE BIRTH OF A NATION

Sportswoman of the Year Award
GABBY DOUGLAS
SERENA WILLIAMS
SIMONE BILES
SKYLAR DIGGINS
VENUS WILLIAMS

Sportsman of the Year Award
CAM NEWTON
LEBRON JAMES
ODELL BECKHAM JR.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK
STEPHEN CURRY

Centric Award
FANTASIA – SLEEPING WITH THE ONE I LOVE
KEHLANI – DISTRACTION
MARY J. BLIGE – THICK OF IT
SOLANGE – CRANES IN THE SKY
SYD – ALL ABOUT ME
YUNA – CRUSH FT. USHER

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
BEYONCÉ – SORRY
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
DRAKE – FAKE LOVE
MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT – BAD AND BOUJEE
RAE SREMMURD FT. GUCCI MANE – BLACK BEATLES
THE WEEKND FT. DAFT PUNK – STARBOY

Best International Act: Europe
BOOBA (France)
MHD (France)
CRAIG DAVID (UK)
EMELI SANDÉ (UK)
GIGGS (UK)
SKEPTA (UK)
STORMZY (UK)
WILEY (UK)

Best International Act: Africa
AKA (South Africa)
BABES WODUMO (South Africa)
DAVIDO (Nigeria)
NASTY C (South Africa)
STONEBWOY (Ghana)
TEKNO (Nigeria)
WIZKID (Nigeria)
MR EAZI (Nigeria)

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New Mixtape Release: Princess Nokia – 1992

Princess Nokia formally known as Wavy Spice aka Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, has released her new mixtape, 1992.  The project is very New York, very grimy, and very unapologetically Afro-Latina. She released a video for the single Tom Boy earlier this summer. On the project, she speaks on her laid back style, Bruja culture, and the diversity of hair in the black and brown community. I was lucky enough to see her perform at Fields Festival a few a weeks ago. She specifically shouted out black and brown women throughout the show and made it clear that it is never okay to touch a black woman’s hair, all to a crowd of stoned white people; I loved every minute of it! Check out some of the photos from the event and one of my favorite tracks from the project, Brujas.

A free download is available on her website, princessnokia.org and soundcloud.

 

 

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Wax Poetics Back Issue Sale!!!

The dope music magazine Wax Poetics is having a huge sale on their back issues featuring covers from Al Green, Betty Davis, Ice Cube, The Ohio Players, Barry White, War, Daft Punk, Daryl Hall, Master P, Janelle Monae, Bishop Nehru, Gary Clark Jr. and the current issue featuring A Tribe Called Quest.

Wax Poetics was founded by Andre Torres, an avid crate digger, in 2001. Torres wanted to provide a publication for classic, underrated, independent and current funk, r&b, jazz, hip hop, disco, house, reggae, Latin and rock artist. The magazine highlights classic bands such as Sly and the Family Stone to 90’s rap groups like The Pharcyde to current artist like Janelle Monae.

The first issue was released on December 1st, 2001. Since then, 65 issues have been released with spreads including Prince and the Revolution, Michael Jackson and Frank Ocean. The company has also created books, apparel, films, and their own record label.

Check out the website here to learn more about the magazine.

Summer Pick of the Day – Kaytranada: 99.9% (2016)

My summer pick for today is the energetic new release by electronic artist, Kaytranada. Great house and hip hop beat selection, r&b vocals, and features from Anderson .Paak, GoldLink, and Syd from the Internet. I LOVE Vivid Dreams; it’s a perfect mix of house, hip hop, and smooth vocals. Check out the very creative and humorous video for Lite Spots below. The robot is so cute!

 

Personal Faves:

Bus Ride

Glowed Up

Vivid Dreams

Lite Spots

Leave Me Alone

Bullets

Summer Pick of the Day – Toro Y Moi: Underneath The Pine

My summer pick of the day is the 2011 release from Toro Y Moi entitled, Underneath the Pine. A mix of soft rock, pop and funk, blended with dreamy vocals, space effects and echoing harmonies. Perfect for a chill summer day. Check it out here.

 Personal Faves:

  • Go with you
  • Got Blinded
  • How I Know
  • Still Sound

 

Marvel set to release second wave of Hip Hop inspired comic book covers

After creating comic book renditions of 50 hip hop albums last year, Marvel is set to release a second wave of hip hop inspired comic book covers this fall. The first three albums to start it off are projects from the new generation of hip hop. “Black Panther” #7, created by Bill Sienkiewicz’s, is stylized after King Mez’s “Long Live the King”; “Mosaic” #1, created by Marco D’Alfonso, is inspired by Earl Sweatshirt’s debut mixtape “Earl”; and “Doctor Strange” #1, created by Theotis Jones, is inspired by Desiigner’s hit song, “Panda”.

“It’s about two creative art forms shouting out to each other,” Marvel editor-in-chief, Axel Alonso told Fuse. “Hip-hop is the backbeat for any number of people who are writing, drawing and editing these comic books.”

King Mez stated, “Growing up a huge comic book fan, it was a dream to come true to even be a part of this. Black Panther at that? Mannn, it was automatic when Marvel reached out. Really cool way to have ‘LLTK’ immortalized like that. Hope we get to do a variant collab on my new project too.”

“Doctor Strange” #1 is set to release on September 28th and “Black Panther” #1 and “Mosaic” #1 are scheduled to release on October 12th. The hardcover collection, “The Hip-Hop Covers,” will be released in October featuring a foreword by “Black Panther” writer and National Book Award/MacArthur Genius Grant winner Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Below are some of the past covers Marvel has recreated.

Dave Johnson, “Spider-Man/Deadpool” with Eric B. & Rakim’s – Paid in Full

Adi Granov, “Spider-Man” with Nas’ – Illmatic

Phil Noto, “Squirrel Girl” with Tyler the Creator’s – Wolf

Damion Scott, “Uncanny Inhumans” with Outkast’s – Aquemini

Jenny Frison, “Ms. Marvel” with Lauryn Hill’s – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill