Lions and tigers and flex zones. Oh my.
The BET Hip Hop Awards, aka “the one with the cyphers,” aired Tuesday night in all their budgeted glory. And for the unimaginative among us, this was that coveted time of the year to hop on the Innanets to self-importantly side-eye BET’s shortcomings.
But I do it for the culture—the ones who rock to Migos and earnestly await the legitimate reincarnation of Freaknik. This year I fully enjoyed the Hip Hop Awards and subsequently have thoughts (and questions) and things. Here they are, in no particular order:
1. Snoop Dogg is a national treasure.
Seriously, who doesn’t love Uncle Snoop? He’s smooth, effortless and hilarious. An impeccable hosting choice for BET, and hopefully the start of a trend. I fully expect (and insist) that before it’s all over with, we’ll see him on the screen hosting the Oscars.
2. The quote-unquote “black” awards show is still the most diverse.
To date, BET has included performers from four of the seven continents, and Tuesday night it gave a platform to an array of talent—black, white and other—and multiple female MCs, like newcomer Detroit Che, who dominated the second cypher. At a time when MTV’s Video Music Awards are still scared to veer into too-urban territory and the Grammys are still, well, the Grammys, it’s nice to see that BET keeps it diverse. We see you, Debra and Stephen.
3. Today’s rappers really like dancing, and it’s awesome.
I don’t really miss old-school hip-hop all that much, but I do miss the dancing, especially from the guys. Seeing Rae Sremmurd doing a one-two with WeAreToonz (creators of the Nae Nae), Snoop hitting that same two-step and TerRio doing the shmoney dance with Bobby Shmurda reminded me of Heavy D, Hammer, Salt-N-Pepa, etc. My soul cried out.
4. TerRio is not losing weight.