On a brisk sunny day on October 1st, I made my way down to the Atlantic Civic Center for the BET Hip Hop Awards. I’ve been covering this award show for years now. As conservative as I am, this show has been lots of fun for me because hey, I was a teen in the 80′s, so rap music is part my blood.
The black carpet filled with lots of new & old rappers,winners,performers,honorees,presenters, managers,promoters,label execs and more. On the carpet I spotted Tyrese,Wale,Mike Epps and his wife, Amare Stoudemire, LL Cool J and his wife Simone, Nelly, Wiz Khalifa, Wale,Malcolm Jamal Warner,Roscoe Dash, Tracee Ellis Ross looking sparkly(and in a better mood), Da Brat, El Debarge and his daughter Bobbie, Twista,Ace Hood, Busta Rhymes and a host of others. We then made our way to our seats inside.
The show opened with Jeezy coming out which I almost didn’t recognize! He has trimmed down a lot. After a few bars, T.I. appeared and everyone jumped to their feet. He wore a grey jogging suit with Gucci accessories. They made the crowd go bananas and it was by far the best performance of the night!
Mike Epps then came out and welcomed the crowd wearing a black velvet tuxedo with red rose. He looked very nice and had plenty of jokes. Next up was the award for Best Featured Verse that was presented by Dj Khaled. That went to Busta Rhymes for his part on Chris Brown song, Look at Me Now. Busta hit the stage and thanked everyone and said, “It feels good when you hear cheers for your win.”
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