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Drake & Future Lead 2016 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

Drizzy has 14 nods and Future follows with 10. 

The elites and critically acclaimed acts have made up the nominees for this year's BET Hip-Hop Awards. In light of his 3rd platinum plaque for Views, Drake has topped the nominations with 14. Some of the nods include Album of the Year, Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year and Best Hip-Hop Video.

Next up is Future with 10 nominations and Kanye West with eight. Chance the Rapper, Desiigner, Tory Lanez, Bryson Tiller, and Anderson .Paak all make their respective debuts to the awards show. The event heads back down to Georiga at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in September. The show will air Oct. 4. at 8 p.m. EST.

Check out some of the catergories below.

Best Hip-Hop Video

2 Chainz - Watch Out
Desiigner - Panda
DJ Khaled F/ Jay Z & Future - I Got the Keys
Drake - Hotline Bling
Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared - All the Way Up
Kanye West F/ Rihanna - Famous

Best Mixtape

Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book
French Montana - Wave Gods (Hosted By Max B)
Future - Purple Reign
Lil Uzi Vert - Lil Uzi Vert VS. The World
Young Thug - Slime Season 3

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
2 Chainz - No Problem (Chance the Rapper F/ Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
Drake - Work (Rihanna F/ Drake)
Kendrick Lamar - Freedom (Beyoncé F/ Kendrick Lamar)
Kodak Black - Lockjaw (French Montana F/ Kodak Black)
Nicki Minaj - Down In the DM - Remix (Yo Gotti F/ Nicki Minaj)

Impact Track
J. Cole - Love Yourz
Jay Z - Spiritual
Jidenna - Long Live The Chief
Raury F/ Key - Trap Tears
Sir The Baptist F/ ChuchPeople - Raise Hell

 

Best Collabo, Duo or Group
DJ Khaled F/ Drake - For Free
DJ Khaled F/ Jay Z & Future - I Got the Keys
Drake & Future - Jumpman
Drake F/ Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance
Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared - All the Way Up

Lyricist of the Year
Chance the Rapper
Drake
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Track of the Year

All the Way Up - Produced By Cool & Dre and Edsclusive (Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared) Controlla - Produced By BOI-1DA (Drake)
Hotline Bling - Produced By Nineteen85 (Drake)
I Got the Keys - Produced By Southside (DJ Khaled F/ Jay Z & Future)
Panda - Produced By Menace (Desiigner)

Best Live Performer

Drake
Future
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Colin Tilley
Director X
Hype Williams
Kanye West

DJ of the Year
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Esco
DJ Khaled
DJ Mustard

Producer of the Year
DJ Mustard
Dr. Dre
Metro Boomin
Mike WiLL Made-It
Pharrell Williams

MVP of the Year
DJ Khaled
Drake
Future
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Album of the Year
DJ Khaled - I Changed A Lot
Dr. Dre - Compton
Drake - Views
Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap
Future -DS2
Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

Best New Hip-Hop Artist
Anderson .Paak
Bryson Tiller
Chance the Rapper
Desiigner
Tory Lanez

Hustler of the Year
DJ Khaled
Drake
Future
Jay Z
Kanye West

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)
A$AP Rocky
Drake
Future
Kanye West
Nicki Minaj

 

People’s Champ Award
Desiigner - Panda
DJ Khaled F/ Drake - For Free
Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared - All the Way Up
O.T. Genasis F/ Young Dolph - Cut It
Travis Scott - Antidote
Young Thug - Best Friend

 

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Pharrell Williams is the executive producer of a new children’s show on Netflix that focuses on educating little ones on the importance of science, technology and current events.

“I got involved with ‘Brainchild’ because there is a desperate need to raise awareness about the importance of science with our youth, we must edu-tain,” Williams told Variety about his new series. The show is hosted by Indian-American actress and comedian Sahana Srinivasan.

Brainchild will use “interactive games, experiments and skits” to teach and highlight the “core concepts and principles of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).” It was co-created by Atomic Entertainment, and is billed as a spinoff of the Emmy-nominated show “Brain Games,” which aired on National Geographic Channel for seven seasons.

Williams and his i am OTHER production partner Mimi Valdes also discussed the idea of the show’s accessibility for teachers and students. Per Variety, “The curriculum is available without having to sign up or register for any account, and can be used at home or in the classroom to supplement existing tools.”

“It’s especially important to me to get STEAM-focused programming in front of minority communities,” Pharrell says of attempting to reach viewers. “That’s because at the core of the plight of children of color in this country is a lack of access to actionable education.”

 

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Prepare to have your minds blown 🧠⚡🌊💖💡🔬 I worked with the masterminds of Brain Games on a show that will empower kids by approaching STEM topics in a cool, new way and to provide anOTHER way into science. Thank you to our host @Sahana.j.shree, @AlieWard, Atomic Entertainment, @i_am_other and the @Netflix team. Brainchild OUT NOW on Netflix. #brainchild

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Jacquees Blames 'Hater' DJ Mustard For The Removal Of His 'Trip' Remix

DJ Mustard, the producer of Ella Mai’s “Trip,” is responding to reports that he was “hating” on Jacquees, who famously deleted his “quemix” of the aforementioned song. Jacquees visited the L.A. radio show Big Boy’s Neighborhood, where he discussed the controversy behind deleting his version of the popular track from the Internet.

“Really, DJ Mustard hated on me, no cap, that was crazy,” he told the hosts about the issues at hand. “I wanna work with DJ Mustard too, but that was a hating move.” The release of his popular version sparked rumors that the “Boo’d Up” musician was jealous of the 4275 artist’s success with his version.

Mustard, who founded Mai’s label 10 Summers, commented on Instagram about his feelings on the R&B star’s latest comments. "That n***a Big Boy said ‘it was really goin’ too!'” he laughed in a video shared to his IG Story. “You stupid ni**a," he continued.

Last year, Mustard wrote on Twitter that if a song that the artist doesn’t own is monetized, it’s stealing and “no one steals from 10 Summers.”

“This is simply a press or marketing plan, or some strategy to deviate from the narrative that Ella is breaking records left and right because the music she’s making is cutting through straight to fans at a rate people haven’t seen in years,” he continued. “Ella’s career started by doing covers and we support all her fans and fellow artists doing the same.”

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— Mustard (@mustard) September 26, 2018

I’m not going to blogs or any media outlets to address this Jacquees situation ima address it right here and after this we will never address anything like this again I’m just tired of people picking on @ellamai !

— Mustard (@mustard) September 26, 2018

 

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#PressPlay: #DJMustard responds after #Jacquees talks about his #Trip remix getting removed!! (SWIPE)—(📹: @bigboysneighborhood)

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'Black Monday' Becomes A Dramedy As Its World Flips Upside Down: Episode 9 Recap

Blair was Mo’s mirror in episode “295.” In this week’s episode, he internalizes Mo’s qualities, and now the reflection wants to take over the original’s life, like a scene from Jordan Peele’s Us. Some of the most analytically rich parts of this episode revolve around all the allusions to Blair assuming Mo's role after agreeing to go along with the Georgina Play, two months after Mo informed him of the rouse.

Blair flirts with Dawn – the woman Mo still loves – while sitting in Mo's desk chair as Mo walks in and sees them. He gifts all of the Jammer Group inner circle with replicas of Mo's custom-made Rolex and calls them “Molexes” with "f**k em all" engraved on them. It’s the latter mantra that, in a surprising twist, leads to Blair potentially ending Mo as we know him.

An early criticism of Black Monday was Andrew Rannells’ inconsequential portrayal of Blair in the first few episodes. After carrying a large number of scenes in last week’s episode, this week’s showcases his shining moment. One of the funniest scenes s when Blair stops himself from saying "it's all good in the hood," after glancing at Mo, before replacing "hood" with "municipalities." That’s a very artful way to say if he wants to be Mo, he’ll have to do more than speak like him. Consequently, Blair does just that in order to get Tiffany Georgina to go along with the Georgina Play.

The Agency Of Tiffany Georgina

Casey Wilson, who plays Tiffany, needs to star in a spin-off show if for nothing else than to see her do another interpretive dance routine to a remixed version of the national anthem like she did at Tiffany’s wedding reception. We predicted in our review of episode “243” that Tiffany would have a bigger hand in the Black Monday collapse than we originally assumed, and this episode brings our prophecy to life.

Tiffany admits to Blair in the final scene of the episode that she’s a lot to handle but poignantly justifies it by stating everyone isn’t as sure of themselves as she is. It’s in that moment we realized out of all of the characters with considerable screen time, Tiffany may be the only one who never lied about herself. The comments about smart “orientals” are vacuous and her obsession with social status is asinine, but they’re also genuinely Tiffany; Everyone else adjusts their morals and personality to fit whatever gets them money.

Tiffany also reveals that when she was in sixth grade, her parents prevented her from legally emancipating herself from them by giving her a cartilage piercing and a new credit card. In episode “243,” when Blair innocuously says he’s staying late at work to do “compliance,” Tiffany instinctively knew that meant illegally shredding documents because her family is wealthy. Tiffany’s parents had their own daughter kidnapped in last week’s episode to boost the company’s value and now their daughter plans to steal that very company from them. The Black Monday writers used the Georgina family this season as a commentary on how money can make anything transactional, even love and loyalty.

Just like with Mo, the Georgina family may be undone by a monster they created.

The Dramedy

In today’s age of television, shows rarely fit perfectly in one genre. Orange Is The New Black’s second season was nominated in the drama category at the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards, a year after its first season was nominated in the comedy category. This blurring of the artistic lines has created a new type of show that is equal parts drama and comedy: a dramedy. After the last two episodes, Black Monday has become more dramedy than comedy.

In the first half of the season, Black Monday was roughly 90% hilarious debauchery with the 10% of deep introspection reserved for the final minutes of the episode. Over time, that ratio began to even out until last week’s episode, which delivered the highest concentration of drama acting of the season. In this week’s episode, the double and triple crossings in Blair and Mo’s heated rivalry are more central to the episode than Keith’s hysterical attempts at tricking the SEC and Tiffany’s ridiculous wedding. Aside from Dawn and Mo forming a secret alliance, the episode concludes with Blair’s most intimidating piece of dialogue as he breaks down the illusionary world Mo has constructed for himself.

While episode “7042” is the most compelling episode of the entire season, so far, the move into dramedy has its drawbacks. There are still gems like Mo’s double entendre of “I’ve unearthed secrets, got winded and fired,” a play on the name of legendary funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, who released their 1987 Billboard hit “System of Survival” a month before the events in this week’s episode. But, the hijinks and absurdist humor that Black Monday is predicated on are more separated than in any other episode.

As a result of this shift into dramedy, certain jokes not only fall flat but feel out of place and tonally different than the rest of the episode. Keith referring to the ability to know who is gay as “Navi-gay-tion” would be amusing in almost any other Black Monday episode. Him delivering it at the end of this week’s episode, after a dramatic exchange between Dawn and Mo, felt cringeworthy.

Hopefully, there’ll be plenty to laugh about when everything comes crashing down in the season finale next week.

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