As we celebrate 50 years of hip-hop this year, it is only right that the BET Hip Hop Awards paid homage by giving us a hip-hop show full of performances, honorees, and nominees that represent hip-hop as a whole with a non-stop party. For the second time, Fat Joe hosts the monumental show that premieres on Tuesday, October 10. This year’s cypher is produced by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, as lyricists Bun B., Lola Brooke, Cassidy, Gloss Up, Lady London, Scar Lip, and more are battling head-to-head. As the producer legends, Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, were honored to receive the “Rock The Bells Cultural Influence Award.”
As the show opens up with some amazing guests, who will appear at the awards tonight, Charlotte native, DaBaby gives us an electrifying show with a performance by “SHAKE SUMN” with a pop-up guest of Sexyy Red. With the switch of the stage, he came with the ’90s vibe set up as you know from the old school movie Friday performing “GHETTO GIRLS.” If you had noticed the sample of the song, it came from Mannie Fresh and Juvenile with their Cash Money hit “Project B****” as they came out to perform the original song.
Have you been “cha cha chaing” going into the new season? GloRilla takes us back to class as we are in session with some of the other hits she has performed. In the end, when Fivio Foreign was brought out to complete the class and graduate at PREP. As we went to break, Scott Storch, played the legendary single “Lean Back” by Fat Joe mixed with a West Coast jam with Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg by uniting and representing the gangstas across the world.
Our very own City Girl, JT, came out with a captivating performance going bar for bar while Miami came behind and had her sister back as the City Girls rang the stage for another amazing performance. PERIODT!
DJ Drama wants to celebrate hip-hop in a major way by bringing out some special guests. Fabolous had come out and “Killin’ Em” every single time. Followed by Rubberband Man himself, T.I., celebrates 20 years of Trap Muzik, so it is only right that he performed his breakthrough hits. Lastly, as he had a standing ovation, the legendary rapper, Jeezy, came and performed his hits “Trapper of the Year,” “Snowman” and more.
We have been waiting on the Hood Hottest Princess herself, Sexxy Red, to make her way to the stage by performing her hit single “Pound Town” with the crowd jigging. While reverting to the next single, we saw some of the most beautiful dread head men “shaking their dreads” on the stage plus SRT’s and it was only one song that we knew fit well together. With a closing, everyone was on their feet when the beat dropped to a Tay Keith production called “Skee Yee.” Men and women were definitely hyped when the beat came on.
One of our favorite performances was the So So Def set. As Jermaine Dupri celebrates 30 years of SSD Records, it was only right that he took it back for us by bringing out special guests. Ludacris came out full-blown blown rapping “Welcome to Atlanta” and it was the opening that we needed. Lil’ Jon followed suit by taking us back and “snapping our fingers” while leaning and rocking with it. He is still the King of Crunk in our generation. Bone Crusher came out “crushing!” while continuing to show us that he ain’t “Never Scared!” Nelly shows us his “Grillz” while he robs the jewelry store and they make him grill. JD comes back and performs one of the top singles he had loved to rap and make called “Money Ain’t A Thang.” Chingy and Tyrese surprised us with a performance of “Pullin’ Me Back” and they still sound the same as it was in 2005. They save the best for last with a collaboration performance by none other than Da Brat, Dem Franchise Boyz, and legendary Prince of the Rap game, Bow Wow, with the single “Oh, I Think They Like Me” remix.
Check out our coverage from the 2021 red carpet below: