Monday night, VH1's Hip Hop Honors aired and everyone was hype! Female pioneers of the genre were honored, including Queen Latifah, Missy Elliot, Salt-N-Pepa and Lil Kim. We were treated to performances from Monica, Fantasia, Dej Loaf, Remy Ma, Teyana Taylor, Da Brat, Eve and many more. Lil Kim and Faith Evans even settled their beef!
However, what might have stolen the show was a blunder that rapper Rich Homie Quan made on stage while he was performing the hit "Get Money" with Lil Kim.
Throughout the performance, Quan not only seemed to trip his way through The Notorious B.I.G.'s lines, but at one point — he was silent!
So sir, this is your favorite Lil Kim song, you were set to perform it, and yet....you didn't know the lyrics!?
Our friend & #HipHopHonors performer @RichHomieQuan is here w/ his favorite @LilKim record! pic.twitter.com/9e42E6lGim
— VH1 (@VH1) July 12, 2016
LAWD! RT @IamAkademiks: Rich Homie Quan 💀💀 pic.twitter.com/A1lABVYd9r
— LizzLocker (@Lizzs_Lockeroom) July 12, 2016
Needless to say, folks weren't too pleased.
When Puffy pull up on Rich Homie Quan back stage pic.twitter.com/fxB7Zw1XHC
— ChampagnePrince✨ (@ReemRozay) July 12, 2016
What's with this age thing y'all are trying to put on Rich Homie Quan.. I am YOUNGER than dude and know the words. I don't understand.
— scottiebeam (@ScottieBeam) July 12, 2016
Diddy and The Lox gotta ask Rich Homie Quan to remove his Coogi sweater expeditiously backstage.....
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) July 12, 2016
Instead of Rich Homie Quan they should have brought Teyana back. How you in a tribute and don't know the words...
— Camile B. Jones (@CamileBJones) July 12, 2016
In typical Black Twitter fashion, the hashtag #RichHomieKaraoke was born, since the rapper couldn't seem to remember (or know) the words. Here's what people think Rich Homie's take on some of these famed songs would sound like:
At night I think of yoooou, I want to eat your baby lady. #RichHomieKaraoke pic.twitter.com/UPeO9rqmrO
— KHADI DON (@KhadiDon) July 12, 2016
#RichHomieKaraoke Kicking your "cat" all over the place
Singing we will, we will, rock you! pic.twitter.com/pJKdqNBB2k
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) July 12, 2016
#RichHomieKaraoke i was ... Running thru the 6 ....with a stove pic.twitter.com/3zT17XxY0N
— † (@SwishMahoney34) July 12, 2016
"Go shawty. It's Earth Day. We gonna party like its Earth Day" #RichHomieKaraoke
— Ol' QWERTY Bastard (@TheDiLLon1) July 12, 2016
IRV GOTTI IN DA CLUB GETTING TIPSY #RichHomieKaraoke
— Pooch Flair (@Poochda63) July 12, 2016
"If Young Metro don't trust you, karma sutra!!!!!" #RichHomieKaraoke— Hurt Franklin (@Ghetto_Uber) July 12, 2016
Poor Quan. Don't worry, it happens to the best of us.
Somebody said rich homie Quan was backstage after the performance like https://t.co/L2by4gY2Vp
— #AlvaBraziel (@RiceWorldPeace) July 12, 2016
On the bright side, kids across the nation are still hitting the quan. It's cool. In the infamous words of the rapper whose lyrics you should have known — "get money."
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Get ready to set your DVR. Late night-television just became a lot more interesting, as VH1 is set to premiere a new weekly series with author, educator, and television commentator Marc Lamont Hill as it's host. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show is called VH1 Live, and will "deliver a pop culture spin on entertainment news and gossip." This move to VH1 keeps Hill in the Viacom family as he also served as a host for BET News.
Chances are that you already know and have seen Hill offer his strong opinions and breakdown of relevant news and topics on CNN or MSNBC. Well, this late-night offering will give the same recipe of Hill's smart and street-savvy opinions but, also throws in special guests to keep the conversation flowing.
You may even have the chance to share your voice or opinion on the show as it's reported that social media and the studio audience are to also play a role in keeping topics fresh.
The series adds itself to the new line up of shows premiering this year since the new president of VH1, Chris McCarthy steps into the role. Including Hill's new series, you can also look forward to Amber Rose's new talk show executive produced by Dr. Phil, a series starring Vanessa Williams which details Star Jones' saga at The View, as well as The Breaks, which was ordered as a series following it's momentous movie premiere early this year.
The talk show will premiere Sunday, July 17th at 10 P.M. on VH1.
What special guests would you like to see on Hill's new series? Comment your picks down below.
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Let’s play a game. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see think of these songs?
“Thriller.” “Baby, One More Time.” “Supa Dupa Fly.” “Rhythm Nation.” “Bad Romance.” “Untitled (How Does It Feel).”
Unless you’re inclined to be contrarian, you’ve more than likely pictured a scene from the videos for these hits. You might even remember the feeling you had when you first saw them, when the song stopped being just a song and bloomed into an entire world.
Although music can conjure up a host of feelings and emotions, a visual accompaniment is an artist’s chance to show you what was on their mind at the moment of creation.
What started as a marketing tool became another medium of creating art. Up until the 1980s, there weren’t many music videos and there wasn’t a real platform for them to be showcased on. Then came MTV, a network that played videos 24 hours a day, and soon videos became prevalent in entertainment. In the late '80s and throughout the '90s, artists spent anywhere from a few hundred thousand dollars to millions of dollars on their videos, and it began to be understood as a necessary element of the album. Michael Jackson’s “Scream” tops most lists as the most expensive video made, at $10.8 million dollars. Music videos started getting their own awards. Viewers would gather around to watch Making the Video just to see how these incredible videos were made. Some people have become celebrities because of their appearance in a video.
So where has the excitement for music videos gone?
Beyoncé brought it back with LEMONADE.
In the span of an hour, Beyoncé proved that it's not only important to hear music, but to see it.
LEMONADE, an opus on infidelity, forgiveness and black womanhood, is relentless and unforgiving in its purpose. The imagery is arresting, the symbolism is blatant, the music is fresh. Each cameo stirs excitement and each scene leaves viewers thirsting. And for critics that chalk up its success to being a Beyoncé project, LEMONADE stands as a great body of work on its own without her. This is not the first or the second time she’s done this.
When she released Beyoncé in 2013, she produced a video for every song and one for “Grown Woman” and did the same in 2006 with B’Day Anthology Video Album; an album of 13 videos for the tracks on B’Day. Beyoncé has consistently been pushing the envelope and making videos that are memorable. While the industry has been shifting to creating catchy singles, she continued to create albums and put just as much focus on the visual.
This time around, she might have even put more focus on the visual component. She recruited old collaborators (Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Jonas Åkerlund, Todd Tourso) and newcomers (Mark Romanek, Khalil Joseph).
The release is probably the most important and critical part of her last two projects. Beyoncé came almost literally like a thief in the night, and LEMONADE was presented as an event airing for free on HBO. With her unconventional releases, she built curiosity, suspense and shock. Beyoncé is one of the biggest pop stars in the world, who has followed a tried and true way of creating and releasing music. Deviating from that path and still putting out quality work puts all eyes on her. And like major artists before her can attest, we wait and expect to be wowed.
Over the past decade, visuals have been underwhelming and the good ones get lost in the noise. “Hotline Bling,” “Bitch Better Have My Money” and “Never Gonna Catch Me” made their marks, but in the time between MTV getting rid of its music programming and YouTube finding its footing as a platform for music videos, it seems tougher to get people to watch a video. Instead of being a form of art, it was beginning to feel like videos devolved and fell back into the marketing ploys. “The label’s budgets aren’t what they used to be in the early 2000s,” Director X said in an interview with Forbes. With sales down, there’s no money to produce million-dollar videos and spectacle anymore (though you don’t need a whole lot of money to make a great video, as OK Go proved). MTV and VH1, networks where scores of videos premiered, stopped playing videos and focused on other programming. Over half of the programming on MTV in the 80s and 90s was music-centric. At the start of the millennium, reality shows began taking over. Since 2000, there have been more than 100 unscripted shows and a handful of music shows. The importance of the music video just disappeared and, after a while, it seemed as if videos were released with low expectations.
Brian Petchers, music video director and contributor for Forbes, wrote that there’s a lot of music on the internet and it can be daunting to sift through it all. This is where the videos come in, aiding in making music stand out. But just as the internet is saturated with music, it’s also up to its brim with videos and visuals. Director X echoes that sentiment saying, “The industry is going more into the creativity aspect. You really have to make something people pay attention to. You really have to go for it, man. If you want people to notice, you have to go that extra mile.
In a world where we are constantly visually stimulated, creating something eye-catching is just good business. Wander into Instagram’s explore page and you’ll find something you’ve never seen.
But while there are a lot of really interesting things to look at, anyone and everyone can take a Tumblr aesthetic photo.
The art for Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly set a tone for the album, and the video for “Alright” captures the song’s sentiment. “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart” perfectly portrayed Sia’s emotional balladeering, Kanye West’s "Runaway" breaks new ground with its arthouse aesthetic and FKA Twigs’ "M3LI55X" showed women wielding their sexuality and femininity as their power . These videos showed how important a video is to the success of a song and driving home its point.
And this project is no different. LEMONADE isn’t pedestrian in its pursuit. The music serves as a score for the film, and without context, the chronology of songs might not make sense. HBO already submitted LEMONADE for an Emmy. In the moments following its release, nearly anyone with a social media account scoured the film for signs, symbols, meanings and message. From Beyoncé channeling the Yoruba orisha goddess, Oshun in “Hold Up” (which might partly explain Ibeyi’s cameo and Laolu Senbanjo’s artwork), Quvenzhané Wallis and Blue Ivy being the only ones holding hands as a symbol of black girl unity going into the future, to Serena Williams — one of best athletes in the world who is constantly mocked for her body — twerking all over the set, being as bad as she wanna be.
She even breathed life back into the spoken word. The words of Somali-British poet Warsan Shire and Malcolm X, sleek and smooth, stroll throughout. The words are soft and piercing, quiet and damning, strong and redeeming.
Though she’s not the first to build a narrative in an album, Beyoncé is leading the charge in ushering back the art of music videos, possibly starting a new trend (Florence and the Machine released their video album, Odyssey, two days later).
We are also in a time where it’s become important that we see what is happening around us. Part of the successes of “Alright,” "M3LI55X," and LEMONADE is that they spoke to the times. With racial tensions and notions of identity reaching a fever pitch, artists from those communities are discussing it by showing it. Green Day’s American Idiot videos did the same when they took American politics and the Bush Administration to task. As controversial and political as these discussions are, Beyoncé walked into the middle of those waters and created waves for camaraderie and healing.
And it has been glorious.
On Saturday, May 21st, we’re hosting our inaugural conference about how creativity and technology are changing our daily lives, from our hobbies to our work. Will you be joining us? Tickets here.
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VH1 plans to capitalize on the success of their January original movie “The Breaks” with a full series order. The movie that chronicled the rise of hip hop in New York City scored 2.6 million viewers when it premiered at the beginning of the year, and is the second most popular cable original movie of the year among adults 18-49.
VH1 General Manager Chris McCarthy said that “'The Breaks' is VH1 at its best, intersecting '90s nostalgia with hip-hop for the masses...Both the viewers and critics have spoken, and we couldn’t be happier to continue telling the story that has already connected with millions of pop culture fans.”
Based on Dan Charna’s best selling “The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip Hop”, which spanned 40 years worth of stories from music executives, artists and handlers, the VH1 movie starred Wood Harris (The Wire), Mack (Tristan) Wilds (90210), Afton Williamson (Banshee), David Call (Gossip Girl), Antoine Harris (Ballers) and famed rapper Method Man. Most of these stars are expected to return for the series run, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The network has not yet announced a premiere date or any other details, but it's a given that hip hop heads and Twitter critics alike will be tuning in.
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For as long as can be remembered, BET has been the “it” place for black content on television. ‘Rap City: Tha Basement’, ‘Access Granted’, ‘College Hill’, the list goes on. The memories. From our music to our movies (Anyone up for a rerun of ‘Baby Boy’?), even our news. Viacom, the parent company to BET announced that the network will be doing some rebranding. In the same way that MTV Jams is now BET Jams since October of last year, BET has taken over the beloved VH1 Soul network that has always been popular for it’s 24-hour block of melodious, classic as well as new soul soothing music videos, but with a new name; BET Soul.
This network change became effective December 28th of 2015, and BET took to twitter to make the announcement official:
VH1 Soul to Become BET Soul - The 24-hour music video channel to make big switch today. https://t.co/qO33WW4unF
— BET News (@BETNews) December 28, 2015
"BET Networks is thrilled to infuse more music content within its brand providing viewers with more access to their favorite artists through exclusive content and essentially super-serving them with the ultimate soul experience," states a BET representative.
Views on the big switcharoo are still up in the air.
Wait, first it was MTV Jams to BET Jams, and they changed VH1 Soul to BET Soul, too? I don't know how I feel about this.
— Rabia (@rabzz) December 31, 2015
Some seem to be a bit open to the revamp.
BET took MTV Jams and made it BET JAMS. Now VH1 Soul is BET SOUL! I see you BET ! Now can we get these channels in HD please ? Lol
— Melanie Love (@theLovegirlllll) January 3, 2016
If BET ruins VH1 soul I just give up on television.
— Young Sweet Jones (@AyoCHELSSSSS) November 26, 2015
Others? Not so much.
So I woke up this mourning to find out that VH1 Soul is now BET Soul. This is the 2nd time I got bamboozled. the 1st MTV jams now BET jams
— °Phenomenal Woman° (@Boss_Lady1988) December 28, 2015
Viacom ain't slick. MTV Jams & VH1 Soul are now BET Jams & BET Soul. Humph.... pic.twitter.com/zBvraDGLs4
— Carron J. Phillips (@carronJphillips) December 29, 2015
VH1 soul> bet Jams
— Samantha Jones. (@xosj_) December 24, 2015
One of you care to break the news?
I'm so fuckin sad bro. They got rid of MTV Jams and made it BET Jams. All we have left is Vh1 Soul now
— Lynch Cassidy (@LynchCassidy) October 6, 2015
We’ll give BET a little time to see how this pans out. Some of the content many of us miss so much could make a comeback. You may just find yourself running home to catch ‘Rap City: Tha Basement’, just like old times. Something new may even catch your eye. How do you feel about the...