Seems like last year everybody felt “Bodak Yellow” hit maker Cardi B was snubbed at the 2018 Grammys. New year new me for a lot of people as they felted Cardi B’s multi platinum, multi hit spawning album was undeserving of the “Hip Hop album of the Year.” If not having 1 of the biggest albums of the year, & multiple cross over hit records, & confessions inspired themes isn’t enough reason to deserve “Hip Hop AOTY.” Lets dive a little deeper.
1st Pusha T’s Daytona project, no hit records, no singles, no promotion or interest in the album outside of it dissing Drake,& the controversial decision to use Whitney Houston bathroom as the cover art. Push had 7 songs,& none got more publicity then his rebuttal track to Drake. I think any fan of the GOOD music family would agree that Kanye West had a better 7 song album & is a bigger name, the nomination seemed more like a favor to elevate the non interesting “If you Know You Know Rapper,” then a legitimate contender for hip hop album of the year. Im sure most hip hop fans except the ones who passionately hate Drake agree Pusha T’s Daytona didn’t deserve Album of the Year.
Secondly, Rest in Peace Mac Miller, however your album didn’t deserve album of the year. Some people said he didn’t have time to properly promote the album however, it was released a month before his death falling behind fellow Album of the year contender Travis Scott “Astro World.” If failed to garner attention when he released the promo singles in the Spring, if failed to garner attention at its release, & even in his death it failed to perform. This nomination was more to pay their respects then a clear contender for Hip Hop album of the year.
Third, for a moment of truth out of the 5 albums nominated for Hip Hop album of the year Nispey Hussel had the best pure Hip Hop album of the year, however Grammy’s aren’t chosen by hip hop heads,& urban hustlers. Signed to the same label as the winner of the prestigious award you expect the label to put their influence behind their cash cow, which is currently Cardi B.
Fourth Travis Scott has a legitimate claim for album of the year being 1 of the biggest albums of the year period, his ties to the power house Kardashian klan, & his once in a lifetime performance at the Super Bowl. All these things lining up for Scott made him seem to be fit for AOTY award. With the demographics of the United States changing, & the spot light being shed on police brutality O feel as if his statements on the “Mike Brown” controversy, & openness to perform at the super bowl, hurt him politically as committee members made their final decisions.
5th & final thought on Cardi b winning the Hip Hop album of the year, what other albums worth recognizing dropped in 2018 besides J.Cole’s K.O.D. & Drakes Scorpion which neither was allegedly submitted. Let me know @Whobeta on twitter * Instagram.
Illinois native and Tennessee resident, Ren of the Co-Pilots provides some perspective on his new project. Titling the release I Really Did Take It This Far is fitting based on it’s overall tone and feel. Keeping it concise with 9 tracks including standouts “Kings and Queens” and “Or What” with The Co-Pilots compadre Money Green. Exemplifying both lyrical and Black excellence, Ren has no plans of ever falling off.
Keep your eyes open as the project will make it’s way to all of your favorite digital retailers in the coming weeks.
Keeping up with Cornbread217 is becoming a bit of a challenge as the emcee/producer/songwriter continues to produce new content. “Craxploitation” serves are the new single from one of the Midwest’s best. The single serves as just a teaser for what Bread has cooking in 2019.
This single is available for streaming or purchase on all of your favorite digital retailers and streaming services.
St.Louis hip hop veteran Rickey James literally made the competition nervous during #MWBX with his all black base ball bat that he carried as a prop for his set. With bat in hand Rickey let off a few minutes of hits to the diverse crowd at Studio 618. Winning isn’t everything as Mr.James still had a great time as he states, “It’s always a great Experiences with Phil Cleveland.. OnMe, WhoBetta?? #MWBX Contact me AnyTime 🎤💯.” Check out his Midwest Best Performance below.”
Check out some of his latest visuals below for the single “Dice Game.”
Young St.Louis artist Gme Peso definitely rocked the crowd at the final Midwest Best $1000 showcase. Although he might have came away empty handed that night his performance,sportsmanship, & modern hip hop sound landed him hos 1st headlining experience in central Illinois. Catch the Gme representer March 30th in Springfield,Illinois. Stay tuned on BetasBlock.com for further details.
As far Gme Peso as the runner up at #MWBX here is what he thought of the event ,” Great experience 💯 Nice crowd w/ good energy🤘🏾.” Catch part of his performance below as he performs on of his older singles “On Top Now,” & be sure to follow him everywhere @TherealGmepeso.
Check out the official video for “On Top Now” below, shot by Vickmont.
In whats being called the final Midwest Best $1000 showcase YFE Kweezie did his 1st ever performance during the iconic showcase at Studio 618 performing a few if his songs,#FREEGRANDPA,Kweezop, & YFE. Check out clips of his performance below & check out what he thought of #MWBX
“Man, that was my first show and i was running outta breath performing lowkey but it was the most fun i had since i been home in Estl. All the other artists did good too, everybody who got on stage was in they element.” – YFE Kweezie
Check out more music below from YFE Kweezie via Youtube & Sound Cloud.