inBlack: BET Hip Hop Awards 2009 Review

The BET Hip Hop Awards brought many of Hip Hop’s finest under one roof to honor and acknowledge the rap artists who produced major hits throughout the year. I was fortunate to attend the red carpet and witness the show first hand thanks to The red carpet was a frenzy as all media in attendance were trying to get set up in their assigned spots. Lauren (contributor to Singersroom) and I prepared our recorder and camera to get exclusive interviews from the red carpet.

Our first interview was with Rodney Perry of BET’s “The Mo’Nique Show,” who let us know that he loves working with Mo’Nique and that the show is much needed to showcase actors such as Laz Alonzo and Tasha Smith being interviewed because they usually don’t usually get a chance to be interviewed by mainstream media. He also let us know that he is an old school head when it comes to music. We shared a laugh because I could definitely relate.

We also interviewed with Brian Michael Cox who introduced his new artist, Bertell, to us who has a new single out called “She Bad” ft. Bun B. Bertell gave us a little taste of his vocal talents by singing a snippet of a song called “I’m Trying” and I must say that I was impressed.

Samson Styles of BET stopped by the section to let us know that he has a speaking tour coming up to focus on stopping the violence between our youths. He mentioned that he was shot five times and survived in addition to serving seven years in prison. He has since turned his life around so he can be a positive influence on teens that are heading down the same route that he was by speaking on his experiences. Talking to him was so inspiring on so many levels.

Next we chatted with BET’s Alesha Renee who stated that she has been with BET for five years and has been enjoying every step of the way. She is currently shooting a film with Taral Hicks and Persia White called “Disciple,” that is being brought to us by DreamSharee Edu-Tainment. Alesha was so down to earth and was accompanied on the red carpet by her fabulous mom.

Danny Boy who sung the hook on the late Tupac’s song “I Ain’t Mad At Ya” stopped by and talked about his future with the new Death Row Records. He was with the new CEO of Death Row Records, Ms. Lara Lavi. Danny Boy said that he looks forward to working with Lara and he supports her visions of the making over Death Row Records. Lara stepped in to let us know that she is going to do what ever she can to show the world that Death Row Records can be an artist-friendly company. I am definitely a huge fan of Danny Boy as I have his song “Come When I Call” in rotation in my iPod so I am looking forward to hearing all the new artists on the NEW Death Row Records.

Also on the red carpet was actresses Kim Whitley and Kim Coles along with reality TV stars Tiny & Toya and Sheree from the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Overall it was a great experience and the show itself was amazing. You can check out the BET Hip Hop Awards as it airs on BET on October 27th. You will not be disappointed. —— By: Nisha Yvette


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