I had a great time in New Orleans and getting a look at the culture and Hip Hop was definitely in the building. The trains are dope and so is the music! A lot went down while I was away but I think the weekend blog was enough to hold you all over until I got back. This one is a little late but I’d like to think it’s worth it. The “Female Rapper” category at the BET Awards was disheartening. Nobody knew Nicki MInaj won until the show ended. There were two great entries with Missy Elliott and Remy Ma and BET did what they always do and give the award to the most popular artist. Bryson Tiller didn’t need both awards. Beyoncé brought out Kendrick Lamar with what I believe may have been a fresh verse for the performance. Everyone seems to be greatly inspired by Jesse Williams although his words are why he received the Humanitarian Award. As for Hip Hop, I was patiently waiting on this DJ Khaled song with Jay Z and Future.
I Got the Keys didn’t grab me initially but I’ve come around after a few spins. The visual itself is good for the culture. These men in Hip Hop who the listeners believe to be successful coming together as a unit sends a powerful message to our community especially our young Black men. I think I saw a member of the NOI/FOI in the video as well. These are the some of the same people who have been speaking with Dr. Louis Farrakhan and President Barack Obama about some of the issues plaguing our communities; Yo Gotti, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz, Fabolous, T.I., A$AP Ferg, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, and Pusha-T all in noire. Jay Z has gotten the men in formation folks and I believe it is a sight to see! If anybody has the keys it’s Mr. Sean Cory Carter and can hear the message loud a clear. I didn’t think that Jay would get on a track with Future rapping but a hook from him is an obvious choice.
Jay has been doing a little more music lately and I’m hoping we can get an album in 2016. The remix to All the Way Up was dope just to hear Jay on a real New York record with some real New York emcees. Drug Dealers Anonymous reminded me of the Jay Z from Vol. 3. Then Khaled delivers a major key! This one song makes my Hip Hop heart want a new album from Jay, why not? The men need the same message Beyoncé is feeding to her fan base, unity. In these trying times we need it as the media tries to push the agenda of other groups and cultures upon us. WE have to stand unified in our beliefs, morals, and values as they too are under attack. Jay Z wants everyone to pay attention and I hope everyone listens.