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New Music Fridays: Danny Brown, Summer Walker, Travis Scott and More

This week's new music includes a highly-anticipated album by one of hip-hop's funniest, most unique voices, a mixtape by a young jazz legend, and a debut LP by a promising R&B songstress/songwriter, along with a return single by one of rap's most influential voices. Look below for more.

Danny Brown – uknowhatimsayin¿
It's been three years since Detroit lyricist Danny Brown released Atrocity Exhibition, a wacky, rock and punk-infused spiral into drug addiction and depression. But his new album uknowhatimsayin¿ finds him in what appears to be a happier space. On the surface, Danny's new album – executive produced by Q-Tip – is a back-to-basics return to the more traditional hip-hop that Danny Brown made in the late 2000s, but these are two of the most creative minds in hip-hop, so it's not exactly by the numbers. Danny harnesses his wacky sense of humor, sexual exploits, memories from his drug-dealing days, and assists from the likes of Run The Jewels, JPEGMAFIA, Blood Orange, longtime collaborator Paul White and more for one of the best albums of 2019. Apple Music | TIDAL

Robert Glasper – Fuck Yo Feelings
Keyboardist and producer Robert Glasper is the coolest musician in jazz, continuously pushing the genre toward modernism while working with the best rap and R&B artists in the world. This week, to mark the beginning of a residency at Blue Note in New York City, Glasper has released the starstudded Fuck Yo Feelings mixtape, which is the result of a two-day session where he invited artists to stop by the studio. The final product includes guest appearances by Yasiin Bey, YBN Cordae, Herbie Hancock, Rapsody and many more. Glasper's residency at Blue Note continues through the month of October. Apple Music | TIDAL

Summer Walker – Over It
Summer Walker has made a name for herself with Last Day of Summer (2018) and the Clear EP (2019), two projects that showcased sultry vocals and lyrics that empower women. If the first few singles of Over It are any indication, the title is appropriate: Summer Walker is sick of ain't shit men. "Stretch You Out" and "Playing Games" both revolve around demanding the same accountability and affection from men that men ask of them. The album is a star-studded affair with guest appearances by Usher, Drake, PARTYNEXTDOOR, 6LACK, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. Apple Music | TIDAL

Sabrina Claudio – Truth Is
About a year after her debut album No Rain, No Flowers, Sabrina Claudio has released her new LP Truth Is. With 11 songs and one guest appearance by ZAYN, the record is preceded by singles “Holding the Gun,” “As Long As You’re Asleep,” “On My Shoulders” and the title track – along with a strong performance on SiR's Chasing Summer. Apple Music | TIDAL

Akon – El Negreeto
Akon was making international music way before this current wave, so it makes sense that he would make a Spanish language album and show that he can still keep up. He told Billboard that his new album El Negreeto was inspired by growing up around Latin culture while living in New Jersey.  The modest eight-track project features guest appearances by Pitbull, Becky G, Anitta and Farruko. Apple Music | TIDAL

femdot – 94 Camry Music
Chicago rapper Femdot has spent recent months on tour on the West Coast with Tobi Lou, and he recently performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live with Taylor Bennet. This week, he dropped 94 Camry Music, the follow-up to Delacreme 2 (2018). The nostalgic project is seven tracks and sees him covering the start and end of a relationship ("I'm Broke"/"Parked Car Conversation," "Happy Break Up Song") and other memories from times in his old hood ("94 Camry Music"), and more. Apple Music | TIDAL

Chris Brown – Indigo (Extended)
Chris Brown is always giving fans plenty of new music, and this week continued his prolific run: after releasing Indigo this summer, he's released an extended version of the album with ten new songs. Apple Music | TIDAL

Travis Scott – HIGHEST IN THE ROOM
Travis Scott has had an adventurous ride since August 208, releasing his sprawling album Astroworld and throwing an accompanying tour and music festival while releasing several highly sought-after sneakers with Jordan Brand. This week, days after his breakup with Kylie Jenner saturated news headlines, we'll see if his first new single in more than a year's time can get an equal amount of buzz. "HIGHEST IN THE ROOM" is produced by Nik D and Oz, and has the signatures of Travis' sound. Apple Music | TIDAL

Gucci Mane feat. Megan Thee Stallion – "Big Booty"
Gucci Mane announced the 10/17 release of Woptober II this week, and he's paired the news with a new strip club anthem called "Big Booty," which features the untouchable Megan Thee Stallion. Apple Music | TIDAL

Guapdad 4000 feat. Chance The Rapper and Charlie Wilson – "Gucci Pajamas"
Days after celebrating his first platinum plaque for his contributions to Dreamville's Revenge of the Dreamers 3, the ultimate scammer has been scammed himself. After making previous songs like "Fuck A Scammer," "Scamboy" and "Scammin' (featuring Mozzy)," Guapdad 4000 has been got by the oldest trick in the book: women stealing men's clothes. But instead of the usual hoodie or t-shirt, Guapdad's lady has snatched his Gucci Pajamas. Guapdad pairs his melodic vocals with equally hilarious guest appearances by Chance The Rapper and Charlie Wilson. "I can't find all the shit that I bought / Did I actually buy the shit? Nah," Guapdad admits. Game recognize game. Apple Music | TIDAL

Juice WRLD feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again – "Bandit"
Juice WRLD released his album Death Race For Love this March, and he's already returned with a new single. "Bandit" features a guest appearance by YoungBoy Never Broke Again, and the two of them muse about stealing hearts. Apple Music | TIDAL

Lil Kim feat. Rick Ross, Musiq Soulchild – "Pray For Me"
After releasing the Ms. New Booty-sampled "I Found You" with the City Girls and O.T. Genasis last week, Lil Kim has toned down for the more somber "Pray For Me," a song that worries about her man making it home safe from the streets and police. With a solid Rick Ross verse and a dope performance by Musiq Soulchild, this is the best release yet from Kim's upcoming album 9, due for an Oct. 11 release. Apple Music | TIDAL

Dave East feat. Jacquees – "Alone"
After making noise this summer for his portrayal of Method Man in Hulu's Wu-Tang: An American Saga, Dave East is returning with his own music. "Alone" features Jacquees, and flips a sample of Jodeci's "Feenin" for an infectious rap ballad. Apple Music | TIDAL

Cam'ron – "Believe In Flee"
"Believe In Flee" showcases Cam'ron at his brick-pushing, chain-flaunting best, and shortly after its release, he announced a December 16 drop date for Purple Haze 2. The trailer sees Cam somberly visiting a cemetery before getting an ominous phone call and stating "cartel wants me out of retirement" while shaking his head. Both "Believe In Flee" and the Heatmakerz-produced clip in the trailer sound great, so with that and Jim Jones' El Capo still getting rotation, Dipset fans should have their fix by the time 2019 ends. Apple Music | TIDAL

Doja Cat – "Bottom Bitch"
After racking up views earlier this year for "Juicy" with Tyga and "Tia Tamera" with Rico Nasty, Doja Cat has dropped the blink 182-sampling song and video for "Bottom Bitch," a song that will appear on her upcoming album Hot Pink, due for a November release date. The record sees Doja Cat showing love to her ride or die chick, and the video - directed by Jack Bergert – shows Doja and her girls riding around and causing mischief. Rico Nasty and professional skaters Victoria "skatemoss" Taylor and Briana King all make cameos in the video.

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New Music: Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo, Johntá Austin & Bryan Michael Cox Spur 'Change' For The Black Community With Soul Music's Finest Voices

Knowing that this 2020 presidential election, between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, is the most important one of our lifetime is an understatement. We've endured such a tumultuous year, filled with tragic passings of notable celebrities, black lives publicly taken by authorities that took oaths to protect and serve, a pandemic with an ongoing quarantine status that continues to plague society and an economy that has tumbled to bury the empolyment market of everyday citizens. It's a lot to bare. Yet, like so many times before in the journey of black folks, music and its soothing nature of calming the storms we endure and the togetherness of song, our musical maestros are here to give us hope for better days ahead.

Super producers Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo, Johnta Austin and Bryan Michael Cox have spearheaded the sonic healings with a new single titled "Change" which is currently on Dupri's So So Def record label. Not only has this creative collective come together for the charitable organization, Social Change Fund (created by NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade), they have gathered an incredible crew of singers from across music genres to spread the message of change in our black communities. Artists like, PJ Morton, Common, Gary Clark Jr., Wanya Morris of Boys II Men, Smokie Norful, Eric Bellinger, the young voice of viral sensation Keedron Bryant, singer/actor Rotimi, and even Kirk Franklin lends his talents, among others.

“We created the song to call attention to these long-standing issues,” stated Dupri. “Members of the global community are now awakened to issues affecting BIPOC. The global pandemic forced us all to reevaluate everything from our health to police brutality and systemic racism. We are now witnessing a paradigm shift that creates an opportunity for real impactful change. ‘Change’ only resonates the need for topics that should have always been prioritized.”

While recently featured on a pro-Biden/Harris 'I Will Vote Concert,' the visuals for "Change" was introduced by Whoopi Goldberg to those watching the stream of the event. “This song is about inspiration, motivation and determination. The current and next generation need to know someone is rooting for them, someone believes in them. This song is that reminder,” says legendary songwriter Ne-Yo.

Jermaine Dupri would like to thank everyone who donated their time and talents to this project, including So So Def Recordings, Straight Up Entertainment Group, W&W Public Relations, Inc., Symphonic (who are flowing through 100% of all royalties to the Social Change Fund) and the artists who so graciously gave their gift of song to this project.

 

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(L-R) Flex Alexander and Shanice attend the Soul Train Weekend Kick-Off Party on November 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Interview: Flex and Shanice Talk 'Virtual House Party,' Staying Together And That Call From Aretha Franklin

Shanice and Flex Alexander are ‘90s Black pop culture in the form of husband and wife. Shanice was an R&B ingenue with a hypnotic smile and powerful voice beyond her years when her sophomore album Inner Child propelled her to pop status thanks to the 1991 hit “I Love Your Smile.” Flex was a background dancer for acts like Sal-N-Pepa, before becoming a comedic actor and a mainstay on our TV sets during the golden era of Black TV in the ‘90s through early ‘00s.

After years of pulling in approximately $25K per week (according to Alexander) and not knowing how to properly manage the income, the couple lost their home, liquidated their assets, and filed for bankruptcy in 2010. They chronicled part of their journey with their reality show Flex and Shanice on OWN from 2014 to 2016 and are now positioning themselves for their respective next career chapters.

A big part of Flex’s next chapter was announced in July, when Netflix revealed they were bringing a slate of UPN shows from the early ‘00s arriving to the app this Fall. The line up includes Girlfriends, on which Flex originated the role of Darnell Wilkes; and One on One, which features Alexander as a single dad to teenage Kyla Pratt (and also features Shanice singing the theme song). Following the eagerly met premieres of classics Moesha, Girlfriends, and The Parkers, One on One and Half & Half (Essence Atkins and Rachel True) premiered on Thursday on the video streaming platform.

The couple, who celebrated their 20th anniversary this year, talked to VIBE recently about adjusting during the COVID-19 pandemic, growth as a married couple, and that time Aretha Franklin asked her to play a role in the upcoming Respect biopic.

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VIBE: How have you all been doing with everything that's going on?

Shanice: We're hanging in there. (Flex) doesn't like it when I say, "We're hanging in there."

Flex: We are doing exceptionally well. We are alive, we are healthy. Just dealing with it like everybody else, taking it one day at a time because you can't really plan too far ahead.

Did you ever think that we would be going through something like this?

Shanice: No, never. Flex said he kind of...Didn't you say over the years you thought...No. You said you read a lot of books and stuff.

Flex: Yeah. I do a lot of reading and stuff from my college days. Just stuff that talk about this stuff that's going on I like to get into. Everybody thinks it's conspiracy or whatever, but I just didn't think it would be in my lifetime. It is an adjustment for everyone. Like she said, we try to find the positive in it. We sit at the table, we eat dinner at the table, we can sit down. I say, "Baby, do you want to watch a movie?" We sit there and just hang out. Before, we were just crossing [paths where] everybody's hustling and grinding, hustling.

With the senseless police killings, racism seems to be at an all-time high. What type of conversations are you guys now having with (teenage children) Elijah and Imani now that they're older and this could happen to them or any other young adult? What are you telling them?

Flex: This is something I know I've been talking to Elijah about not just since this. When he was younger, just explaining him as a young Black kid, being a Black teenager turning into a young Black man, just the crosshairs that's on their back. You talk to them about if you're pulled over what to do, what not to do. We don't like to let him ride. He has friends that have cars and I'm like, "No, four or five of you all in the car? No. That's an open invitation." It hurts us because their regular daily livelihood has just changed. They would just walk down the street to the store. Now, we're like, "No."

Shanice: He [Elijah] has one friend that we allow him to be around. One of them wanted to play basketball and wanted me to drop them off at the park and I said no. There was a noose in our area.

Flex: Less than a mile from our house.

Shanice: Less than a mile from our house, there was a noose at the park. I sat in the car and I just watched him play. Normally, I would just drop him off and come back and pick him up, but I don't feel safe anymore.

Flex: And we have to have the conversation with Imani as well because it's not just relegated to just men and boys, women, too. We get ahead of the conversation, but they are very keen. Listen, information is traveling fast. They got these phones, they see stuff as well. A lot of the time, they tell us stuff and we're like, "What?" We just try to instill in them the best that we can and just pray over them.

 

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Throwback photo of @flexaforeal and I ♥️ We look like kids Flex lol

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Shanice, nobody sounds like you. You were a young pop icon, not just as an R&B artist, but also in pop - and paved the way (for other young crossover singers). How does that feel today?

I just feel blessed to have longevity in this industry. I've had my ups and downs. You know how crazy this industry is and sometimes you get frustrated and it's like, "Why am I doing this? I want out. I don't want to do this anymore." But then, when I get online and I talk to the fans directly on Instagram and Facebook and Twitter, it keeps me going. I get emotional because I've had some great moments in the industry, but then I've had some very low moments and it gets frustrating sometimes. I love music. I love singing. It's in my blood. I've been singing since I was seven months. I do it because I love to sing and I love my fans. I have the best supporters out there.

You both are such a likable couple and people gravitate to you from all walks of life, from all nationalities. What is it about you two that they can identify with Flex and Shanice?

Flex: Just being us.

Shanice: I think we're just being ourselves.

Flex: We're just being ourselves. I'm on here deejaying on Instagram and she's here dropping it like it's hot. (Shanice laughs) That's what she does. We just try to be ourselves and we show a little bit of that doing the reality show and sharing what we went through because we wanted people to know what we went through and that you can come out of it. We just don't, I'm going to say a real old school word, we don't put on airs-

Shanice: Airs. (Laughs) That is real old school.

Flex: ... for anyone. We're in here every day. I want to throw it back to her real quick. I see the pain and stuff that she goes through the ups and downs and disappointments. Even through all this, you're still like, "Man, is it a place you want to reach?" She feels like, "I didn't get there." I said, "Listen, you've had more success than a lot of people and it may not have been here, but people love you." Whether they like to hear it or not, she's paved the way. There's no dig against anybody because a lot of them have said it. You paved the way for the Monicas, the Brandys. Beyonce even spoke to her and told her Solange sang your song (“I Love Your Smile”) at a talent show. I try to tell her just, "Hold on to that and just keep doing what you're doing," because you see where everything is going in the business, in the industry. And to have a good name and people that love you, I think, is a great thing. That brings longevity.

You guys have been staying creative. I see you’ve been doing virtual house parties. Who came up with that concept?

Flex: It came from me starting deejaying back in 2016. I was doing it once a week. Every Thursday I was doing, and she would be in the bed. When we got here, I started doing it again. It was right at the beginning of the pandemic. I just jumped on, and then she came over and then just started—

Shanice: I was like, I said, "Let me be your hype girl." (Laughs)

Flex: It worked. It's at a point now where if I get on it by myself, people are like, "Where's Shanice?"

Shanice: I like to drop it like it's hot. (Laughs) It’s fun.

Flex: It helps our mind because we didn't know what ...I'm talking about when it was like March when it was cold and rainy out there and all of this gloom and doom...we didn't know what was happening. The people that came in and people that were on our page, people said, "Yo, this helped me so much get through the night or helped me get through the week. Man, that meant more than anything." I didn't care if there were 10 people on there or 10 thousand. We just go on there. We shout everybody out.

 

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Thank you EVERYONE for rocking last night!!! We appreciate your undying support, to our day one #LockdownwithFlex family you already know!!! And my fellow New York brother @lilcease thanks for hanging last night we hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane✊🏾✊🏾

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Flex, you’ve written and produced your own TV show, you’re a comedian....Are you working on any other current TV projects? Will we see you on a screen again soon?

Flex: Before I mention that, I'm excited about Netflix releasing One on One. It was through the Strong Black Lead who really pushed for us to be in more places and to have another life. This is crazy because two years ago, I wrote the reboot. I had it ready to go, and then that happened and I'm like, "Man, This is perfect."

Shanice: It's perfect timing.

Flex: This could lead right to it. I'm thankful for that. I just wanted to throw that out there. We have an animated series that we're working on now. We just got a showrunner attached and we're working on that. I have a drama that I've developed right before the COVID hit. We also worked with a Black-owned company called Ceek, where we do the Flex and Shanice Virtual House Party. They have great programs and they do live concerts. They've had Elton John, they've had Lady Gaga.

Shanice: Jennifer Lopez.

Flex: They have DL Hughley on there with Chris Spencer, [and] we're on there now. What they're trying to do is create this virtual experience [where] I come in, I deejay, [you] put your (VR headset) on and you're in the party. It’s great to partner with them and just continue to stay active and creative. It just keeps you going.

Shanice: And I've been doing live concerts in my living room.

Flex: Yeah. It's crazy because we've worked a lot.

Shanice: We've been doing so much in this living room. (Laughs) Like Flex said, we were working before the pandemic, we're working our butts off more now.

Tell us how you balance being in the entertainment business, being stars, having a family and being married. You're probably going to tell me love, but there has to be something else besides love that has kept you together. What do you think it is?

Flex: Honestly, praying is the first.

Shanice: Praying. Yes.

Flex: And communication. We can agree to be disagreeable.

Shanice: We've had our ups and downs. It's not like it's been all great, but we do love each other and we don't go to bed angry. We're mad at each other and we try to talk it out, and I just feel like you’ve got to try to make it exciting and you can't get too comfortable. People, after a while, they get bored in their relationship.

Flex: There are times that she ain't checking for me; she doesn't like me right now, so I'll come downstairs and she'll be up here. There's time's out like that. We go to different parts of the house and we figure it out.

Shanice: And we try to give each other a little space to breathe. We may come back to the situation and talk about it.

Flex: Every day you figure it out, you grow. I think I'm understanding who I am more now at 50 than I did at 30 or 35. I just love being here, being with my family, us having fun together, the kids. It's a beautiful thing, man. It's a beautiful thing.

Flex, what’s one thing that Shanice has taught you about being married? What have you learned from her?

Flex: Growth. I would say growth because if there's anybody that I've seen grow is her. If there's anybody I've seen with perseverance, it’s her. Her patience, her kindness, her. It has really taught me to listen more because as the man you're like, "I got it." She says, "Something ain't right," and I'm like, "I got it." Learning how to cut that off in my brain and go, "You know what? I need to listen. I need to listen to her. I need to hear her." I think that was probably one of my biggest hurdles is not that I didn't listen, but listen and go out, really listen and apply it. I've just seen so much from her in 20 years that I'm just like, "Wow, man. We've got 100 more to go." I just want to grow some more, and we’ve got more fun to have and love to have. We're done with the babies, though.

Shanice: Right. No more babies.

Flex: We're done with the babies.

Shanice: No more babies.

Flex: No more babies.

Shanice, what one thing Flex has taught you, or that you’ve learned by being married and connected to him for so long?

Shanice: I've learned that people over the years grow and they change, and sometimes you have to learn how to go with the change. I've learned to try to adjust to the change because we're not the same people we were 20 years ago.

Flex: Not in a bad way, though.

Shanice: Not in a bad way.

Shanice, you’re an international pop star. You started in pop and then crossed back to R&B, and can travel the world with just “I Love Your Smile.” That's big in itself, but can you share some of your greatest accomplishments? 

I think when I got nominated for a Grammy, that was like a big highlight for me because when I was a little kid I used to always look in the mirror and I used to practice my speech. I used to always dream about getting awards. I have several moments: the Grammys, (Aretha) Franklin, rest in peace—when she turned 50 the Queen of Soul reached out to me and flew me and my band and my dancers down to her house. I did a whole concert in her living room with a band and dancers and everything. That was so big for me.

Meeting Michael Jackson, singing on three of his records. I sang in the background for like three songs, and that was big for me. Just being able to travel all over the world. “I Love Your Smile” was No. 1 in..I believe it was 22 countries. I've traveled all over the world and I'm still traveling the world because of that song. “Saving Forever For You” was a big record for me as well with Diane Warren and David Foster. That went to No. 5. It didn't go No. 1, but it was almost number one. That was another big pop record for me. So you're right. I came out pop and then I crossed over to R&B.

I’ve got another Aretha story. I have to say this. I was having one of my moments when I was frustrated about the industry. I was home and I was crying and I said, "God, I don't want to do this anymore." I was feeling really low. I was like, "I'm done. I don't want to do this." And then, Flex came home and he was like, "Somebody reached out to me.” I think it was Aretha’s sister-in-law saw Flex and said Aretha wants to get in touch with Shanice. Here’s her cell number. So Flex comes home and says, "Miss Franklin wants to get in touch with you. This is her cell number." I'm like, "Me? Really?" I called her and we talked for like probably an hour. We talked for a long time, and she said, "I reached out to you because I want to tell you I know real talent when I hear it, and you got it." This is when I was feeling down. This was nothing but God telling me keep going.

So she said, "We had auditions. I'm doing a movie about my life, my life story." And she said, "Most likely Jennifer Hudson is going to play me, but I would love you to play my sister." I’m sitting on the phone like, "Yeah!" They'd been talking about this movie forever. Even when she was alive they were talking about the movie, and I said, "Anything you need. I would love to be a part [of it]." We talked several times over the years about the movie. Unfortunately, she passed. I think God wanted just to encourage me to keep going. I think that's why that happened. It was just to tell me to keep going. I just had to share that story.

Flex, what would you say to the younger Flex as he’s just starting out in the entertainment industry?

Take everything in more. Enjoy it. Don't fly through it so fast. Tell the people you love that you love them while you have them. I would have learned more about the business on the financial side to plan better. Those would probably be the things I would say, but I think overall, it would be to take it all in, sit back and take it in more. I think things happen so fast and it's like, I'm here, I'm there, I'm dancing, Salt-N-Pepa here, boom, traveling the world. And then, you think it's all going to keep going. You think it's all going to just last forever. And then, next thing you know, you look back and the time has passed and all you have is maybe a picture. I think that would be the thing I would tell myself.

Shanice, what would you tell up and coming talent that is trying to break into the entertainment business?

Shanice: I would tell them to definitely do it not for the money, do it for the love. The money and all that stuff will come. Believe in yourself. Back when I started, you had to get the approval of a huge record exec to put you out there. And now, because of the internet, you don't have to wait on somebody to tell you if you're good or not. You can put out your music on iTunes and get out there and create an audience online. I would say just don't give up on yourself, keep trying. It may not happen overnight. It might. There are people like Justin Bieber. He got on YouTube and he's one of the biggest stars in the world. Everybody's story is different, but you just have to keep trying and keep believing in yourself.

Flex: Yes.

Shanice: Just don't give up. You’ve got to keep going. Even when it seems like it's impossible, you just gotta keep going.

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2020 BET Hip Hop Awards: Watch Performances From City Girls, Big Sean, 2 Chainz And More

City Girls, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Brandy, 2 Chainz, and more made the 2020 BET Hip-Hop Awards a night to remember. Hosted by DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller and Chico Bean of 85 South, the socially-distanced event went down on Tuesday (Oct. 27).

Doubling as a sounding board for socially conscious commentary and voting engagement, the show featured several references to Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and other victims of police brutality. The night included a statement from vice presidential hopeful and Howard University alum, Kamala Harris, in celebration of HBCU’s.

Although there were more performances than awards given out during the ceremony, the show was full of surprises. Master P received the I Am Hip Hop Award presented to him by former No Limit artist, Snoop Dogg. Rapsody won her first award ever for Best Hip-Hop Lyricist, Pop Smoke was posthumously awarded the Best New Artist trophy, and Lil Baby accepted the Impact Track honor for, “The Bigger Picture.”

YBN Cordae paid homage to Juice Wrld, and Quavo performed a tribute medley to Pop Smoke. The award show also honored other late rappers, including Fred Da Godson.

Watch some of the performances and cyphers below.

City Girls Perform “Kitty Talk” & “Jobs” Big Sean, Jhené AIko and Ty Dolla Sign Perform “Body Language” Brandy, Erykah Badu, Teyana Taylor & H.E.R. Perform Ladies First Cypher Beenie Man, Bounty Killa, Skip Marley & More Participate In Reggae Cypher Tobe Nwigwe Performs “Try Jesus, Don’t Try Me” 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne Perform “Money Maker”
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