Thoughts On VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The 90’s Game Changers

Kinfolks it’s been a long time and shouldn’t have left you…you know the rest! Yes, I am back like I left something. Please excuse my absence, it’s a lot of ish going on around these parts. That’s neither here nor there, I know why you’re here, so let me get right to it. 

The VH1 Hip Hop Honors: 90’s Game Changers premiered and it was interesting to say the least. I first want to know who was in charge of planning this function because there were several “90’s Game Changers” missing, which left me scratching my head. I know what you’re saying, “They couldn’t fit it all in such a short amount of time,” and you would be right. But there were several acts from the 90’s that should have been included, but I’ll let y’all talk amongst yourselves about that. I will say Foxy Brown should have been included, and that’s not because I stan for her, but moreso because she had run in the 90’s and VH1 snubbed her on the last Hip Hop Honors.

Let’s get to the performances:

  • Missy Elliott opened the show with rousing renediton of her 90’s classic, “She’s A Bitch”’ she recreated her Hype Williams directed video for the song and basically shut shit down! Missy is legend and you will respect her! She still has it! Not much else I can say about her! Fire the hype man tho!
  • Trick Daddy and Trina performed “Nann Nigga” I love Trina and Trick, but the outfit choices were questionable. Trina borrowed Tamar’s body suit from the Soul Train Awards and Trick’s tall T was a size smedium. I’ll let them rock tho because it’s 305, Dade County!
  • Romeo and Silkk came out to honor Master P and No Limit, and all I want to know is, where was Mia X!?! I know Mystikal has legal trouble but was Mia unavailable?
  • Xscape came out to perform “Just Kickin It” and more practice is needed before we kick off this “Great Xscape Tour” and also a new stylist is needed, because these fashions were dreadful! But it’s always nice to see Xscape on the stage because it took forever for them to get back together and secure “the bag”
  • Ty Dola $ign did his best karaoke of Montell Jordan’s, “This Is How We Do It” and assisted Warren G with, “Regulators” the performance was cool
  • Kandi and Tiny performed “No Scrubs” in full TLC costumes, this was cute because Kandi and Tiny penned the song and still are making coins to this day off that song.
  • Fat Joe and Remy Ma honored Big Pun with “Don’t Wanna Be a Player No More” and it was a competition of who could recite the lyrics louder, someone skipped rehearsal. Remy needs a new stylist immediately before her album drops, the fits aren’t working!
  • Lil Kim, Havoc, and Fabolous honored Prodigy(R.I.P) with “Quiet Storm(Remix),” and I need to talk with Kimberly Jones for hot second, and this comes from a place of love because she is one of my favs, but who is dressing you!?! Why is it never right Kimberly!?! You have too many industry connects to continue to come out like this! All that aside the performance was good with Fab performing Prodigy’s verse.
  • Da Brat,Jermaine Dupri, The Lox, Mase, and Mariah Carey performed three different versions of “Honey,” it’s the 20th anniversary of Mariah’s classic ‘Butterfly’ album. Anthony Burrell told no lies about Mariah’s stage performance, it’s lazy! I would rather her not perform at all if she is going to continue to give these terrible ass performances. Mason Betha AKA Mase where did you find your ensemble at sir? Take it back! 

I know you’ll say I’m too critical of VH1 and BET but if you’re going to do it, do it right! As I stated previously there were several acts missing from this show that were 90’s “Game Changers” VH1 do better next time! I am interested to know who has a seat at the planning table for this show, because we need to add some others that are more in tune with the “The Culture” to produce a better show next time around. That’s all I got Kinfolks.

Sidenote: The Martin tribute was nice, sad Martin and Tisha couldn’t work out their differences after all these years, but I understand.

Whut say you?

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Beyoncé Leads The BET Awards Nominations

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Beyhive Rejoice! Beyoncé leads the 2017 BET Awards Nominations with seven. After the Grammys completely f*cked, let’s hope BET(EBT) gets it right! Her nominations include nods for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration (“Freedom” with Kendrick Lamar), Video of the Year (“Sorry”), and Album of the Year (LEMONADE). Continue reading

Grammy Nomination Are In! Beyoncé and Adele Face Off


Kinfolk the 2017 Grammy nominations are in! Beyoncé and Adele are facing off for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. Both artists are a forces to reckoned with, Adele’s “Hello” and Beyoncé “Formation” were the soundtrack for 2016. This should be a good competition . I love both artist immensely, but I would lying if I said I didn’t care who won. Y’all already know I want Bey to win in all categories, but if she lost to Adele I wouldn’t be totally pissed, because Adele is also a favorite of mine and formidable competition.

Beyoncé has 9 nominations, followed by Aubrey(Drake),(Robyn) Rihanna, and Kanye West with 8 nomination apiece and Chance the Rapper with 7. This should be an interesting show, I wonder who will open and who is on deck to perform, I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

The Grammys will air February 12 at 8 p.m. James Cordon of Carpool Karaoke fame will replace LL Cool J as the host *raises hands in total praise*. The event will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angles 

 Complete list of nomination can he found HERE

Whut say you?

[PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram @beyonce/@adele]

Five Things We Learned From The 2016 Soul Train Awards

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Kinfolks! The 2016 Soul Train Awards have come and gone, and I am here to give “5 Things We Learned From The 2016 Soul Train Awards”

1. Erykah Badu Needs To Host From Now On

Erykah Badu hosted the awards again this year and she did an amazing job! She has great comedic timing. Her comedy is not forced, and it comes off very naturally. I could really see her doing her own sketch comedy show.  BET let’s see if we can make that happen. Her skits fit very well into the show. She even retweeted one of my tweets, and that made my entire night! Thanks Erykah! Continue reading

5 Observations From The MTV Video Music Awards 

Kinfolk I know I’m a day late and a dollar short, but you’ll deal! MTV’s Video Music Awards show has come and gone so I’m here to give you my top 5 Observations(I have more but won’t keep you too long) from the VMA’s

1. This Was The Blackest VMA’s I Have Seen

I guess MTV decided they wanted to take a page out of BET’s book and prove that #BlackLivesDoMatter. This had to the most black faces I have seen at VMA’s in years. From the red carpet corespondents to the host to the performers. Let’s talk about the hosts for one second. Key & Peele are funny on their show on Comedy Central show, or not! But I could have gone my whole life without them as hosts. Their jokes were corny, tired, and lame. They looked completely out of place DO BETTER MTV!  Continue reading

Will You Be Watching VH1’s Hip Hop Honors?

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Kinfolk The VH1 Hip Hop Honors airs tonight  at 9 p.m. EST, will you all be watching? I know I will be front and center to provide you with commentary. The honorees on tonight show are Salt-N-Pepa, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, and Missy Elliott. I love all the honorees, but I have a few questions. Continue reading

Prince Tribute Concert: Who Is On Your List? Who Could Possibly Never? 

  
Kinfolk I know everyone is still reeling from the shocking news of untimely death of Prince at age 57. I needed to do something to brighten my day and keep my mind off his passing. So I figured I would give my picks for a Prince tribute. 

Some of these these award shows completely drop the ball/fuck up where tributes are concerned and I don’t want to have to drag BET for another lackluster tribute! Because I have before and will again! 

My list is very short and simple: Beyoncé, Janelle Monaé, Daley, and Miguel. I think these four artist would give an amazing tribute to the Purple One. I haven’t quite figured out what songs I would want thing to sing, but we can’t go wrong with these four. I have few questions for my kinfolk tho:

  1. Who would be on your line-up?
  2. Who isn’t allowed near the stage? 
  3. What songs would you have them perform? 

I am interested to know because BET is going to most definitely need some help coming up with this tribute. Y’all know it’s hit or miss with them and #BlackTwitter and I have no problem dressing in all black like “The Omen” and dragging BET within an inch of their life! 

Whut say you?

Complete List Of NAACP Image Awards Winners In Case You Missed It

  
The 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards came on TVOne last night and I must say that I through enjoyed the whole show. Anthony Anderson was the host and his opening was EVERYTHING! The Nominees With Attitude(NWA) held no punches 

He even steam rolled Stacey Dash, which was hilarious and needed. The Image Awards is everything that Oscars isn’t! Check out the full list of winners below:

Entertainer of the Year: Michael B. Jordan

Outstanding Comedy Series: black-ish
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Mike Epps, Survivor’s Remorse
Outstanding Support Actress in a Comedy Series: Marsai Martin, black-ish 
Outstanding Drama Series: Empire
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Terrence Howard, Empire
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Joe Morton, Scandal
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King, American Crime
Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: The Wiz Live!
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: David Alan Grier, The Wiz Live!
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: Queen Latifah, Bessie
Outstanding News/Information: Unsung
Outstanding Motion Picture: Straight Outta Compton
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Michael B. Jordan, Creed
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Sanaa Lathan, The Perfect Guy
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Straight Outta Compton
Outstanding Support Actress in a Motion Picture: Phylicia Rashad, Creed
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture: Beasts of No Nation
Outstanding Documentary (Film): The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Outstanding Documentary (Television): Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series: Kenya M. Barris, black-ish, “The Word”
Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series: Mara Brock Akil, Jameal Turner, Keli Goff, Being Mary Jane, “Sparrow”
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television): Lawrence Hill, Clement Virgo, The Book of Negroes

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film): Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington, Creed
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Don Cheadle, House of Lies, The Urge to Save Humanity is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule
Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series: John Ridley, American Crime, Episode 1
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television): Dee Rees, Bessie
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film): Ryan Coogler, Creed
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film): Loretta Devine, Doc McStuffins
Outstanding Talk Series: The Talk
Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series: Welcome to Sweetie Pies
Outstanding Variety (Series or Special): Family Feud
Outstanding Children’s Program: Doc McStuffins
Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-series): Marcus Scribner, black-ish
Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special): Family Feud, Steve Harvey
Outstanding New Artist: Jussie Smollett
Outstanding Male Artist: Pharrell Williams
Outstanding Female Artist: Jill Scott
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration: “Conqueror” – Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett
Outstanding Jazz Album: “Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4” – Miles Davis 
Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary): It’s Personal, Tina Campbell
Outstanding Music Video: “Shame,” Tyrese Gibson
Outstanding Song (Traditional): “Back Together,” Jill Scott
Outstanding Album: Woman, Jill Scott
Outstanding Song (Contemporary): “You’re So Beautiful,” Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz 
Outstanding Literary Work (Fiction): Stand Your Ground, Victoria Christopher Murrary
Outstanding Literary Work (Non-Fiction): Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, Pamela Newkirk
Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author: The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma
Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography: Between The World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates 
Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional: Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family, Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams
Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry: How to Be Drawn, Terrance Hayes
Outstanding Literary Work – Children: Gordon Parks How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, Carole Boston Weatherford (Author) and Jamey Christoph (Illustrator)
Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens: X: A Novel, Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
Whut say you?

Grammy Nominations 2016 Are In!: See If Your Fave Got a Nomination 

  
Grammy Nominations 2016 are in! Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with 11 nominations. Meek Mill is also having another bad day because Drake’a diss song Back To Back was nominated for a Grammy. My girl Jazmine Sullivan is also on the list as she she should! J. Cole and many others made the list as well. See if you agree with the list.

The below list is a partial list, see full list here 

RECORD OF THE YEAR
“Really Love” – D’Angelo And The Vanguard

“Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars

“Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran

“Blank Space” – Taylor Swift

“Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes

To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar

Traveller – Chris Stapleton

1989 – Taylor Swift

Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd

SONG OF THE YEAR
“Alright” – Kendrick Lamar

“Blank Space” – Taylor Swift

“Girl Crush” – Little Big Town

“See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth

“Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran

BEST NEW ARTIST
Courtney Barnett

James Bay

Sam Hunt

Tori Kelly

Meghan Trainor

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
“Heartbeat Song” – Kelly Clarkson

“Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding

“Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran

“Blank Space” – Taylor Swift

“Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
“Ship To Wreck” – Florence + The Machine

“Sugar” – Maroon 5

“Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars

“Bad Blood” – Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar

“See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
Piece By Piece – Kelly Clarkson

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – Florence + The Machine

Uptown Special – Mark Ronson

1989 – Taylor Swift

Before This World – James Taylor

BEST DANCE RECORDING
“We’re All We Need” – Above & Beyond Featuring Zoë Johnston

“Go” – The Chemical Brothers

“Never Catch Me” – Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar

“Runaway (U & I)” – Galantis

“Where Are Ü Now” – Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber

BEST DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM
Our Love – Caribou

Born In The Echoes – The Chemical Brothers

Caracal – Disclosure

In Colour – Jamie XX

Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü – Skrillex And Diplo

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE
“If I Don’t Have You” – Tamar Braxton

“Rise Up” – Andra Day

“Breathing Underwater” – Hiatus Kaiyote

“Planes” – Jeremih Featuring J. Cole

“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)” – The Weeknd

BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE
“He Is” – Faith Evans

“Little Ghetto Boy” – Lalah Hathaway

“Let It Burn” – Jazmine Sullivan

“Shame” – Tyrese

“My Favorite Part Of You” – Charlie Wilson

BEST R&B SONG
“Coffee” – Miguel

“Earned It” – The Weeknd

“Let It Burn” – Jazmine Sullivan

“Really Love” – D’Angelo And The Vanguard

“Shame” – Tyrese

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
Ego Death – The Internet

You Should Be Here – Kehlani

Blood – Lianne La Havas

Wildheart – Miguel

Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd

BEST R&B ALBUM
Coming Home – Leon Bridges

Black Messiah – D’Angelo And The Vanguard

Cheers To The Fall – Andra Day

Reality Show – Jazmine Sullivan

Forever Charlie – Charlie Wilson

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE
“Apparently” – J. Cole

“Back To Back” – Drake

“Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap

“Alright” – Kendrick Lamar

“Truffle Butter” – Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake & Lil Wayne

“All Day” – Kanye West Featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney

BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
“One Man Can Change The World” – Big Sean Featuring Kanye West & John Legend

“Glory” – Common & John Legend

“Classic Man” – Jidenna Featuring Roman GianArthur

“These Walls” – Kendrick Lamar Featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat

“Only” – Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

BEST RAP SONG
“All Day” – Kanye West Featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney)

“Alright” – Kendrick Lamar

“Energy” – Drake

“Glory” – Common & John Legend

“Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap

BEST RAP ALBUM
2014 Forest Hills Drive – J. Cole

Compton – Dr. Dre

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late – Drake

To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar

The Pinkprint – Nicki Minaj

BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
Empire: Season 1 – Various Artists

Fifty Shades Of Grey – Various Artists

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – Various Artists

Pitch Perfect 2 – Various Artists

Selma – Various Artists

BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
“Earned It” – The Weeknd

“Glory” – Common & John Legend

“Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding

“See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth

“Til It Happens To You” – Lady Gaga

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL
Jeff Bhasker

Dave Cobb

Diplo

Larry Klein

Blake Mills

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
“LSD” – ASAP Rocky

“I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” – The Dead Weather

“Alright” – Kendrick Lamar

“Bad Blood” – Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar

“Freedom” – Pharrell Williams

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on Monday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. I’ll be in place with snacks, commentary, blank stares, and side-eyes. Will you be watching?

Whut say you?