I could go on for days about my thoughts about the Grammys (although I passively watched with 2 other TVS on other programs AT THE SAME DAMN TIME) but unlike my Football analysis from last week I won’t be long winded. I’ll just leave this here. Take it how you want to. (I wrote this up in like 5 minutes so if there’s spelling or grammatical errors don’t hold it against me lol.)
It’s amazing to me that so many of our people strive for approval from people who consistently let us know they don’t respect our culture. Although I was let down that Kendrick didn’t receive any hip hop awards tonight (I thought they’d finally get it right), I honestly laugh every year as the chickens come home to roost at these award shows from the Grammys to the AMA’s to the VMAs. We’re constantly told through lack of awards & screen time that we don’t matter meanwhile we constantly shit on our own (i.e.: The BET Awards). The ones who have supported black culture, whether that be hip hop, r&b, movies, comedians, whatever from day one. Many of OUR top stars are too big to attend, YOU (the fans) criticize and nit pick at every single thing that goes wrong (as if the VMAs/AMAs/Grammy’s haven’t had shitty performances & mistakes as well). I know BET isn’t ours anymore in the sense that they’re owned by Viacom but people should at least respect the effort to put on for our culture (both old & new).
I saw a few tweets on my timeline tonight saying the BET Awards should take note but in reality where else would you get performances from Stevie wonder, Charlie Wilson, Frankie Beverly & Maze, tributes to our legends, performances from just about every Hip Hop artist who isn’t too big or whitewashed to attend, CYPHERS with just about everyone in Hip Hop?
Artists, remember this when THEY shit on you and give an award most people know you deserve to Macklemore for the sole fact that he supports the Gay agenda against homophobia. Remember the fact that you thought their approval was more important. The Grammys are the most prestigious awards in music, I get it. It brings an increase in sales, notoriety, placements, concerts, success & the whole 9. It’s a melting pot for the best music from all genres over the course of the year and who wouldn’t want “Grammy Winning/Nominated Artist/Producer/ in front of their name for the rest of their career.” That said, it’s counterproductive to complain about being marginalized year after year & then turn around & seek their approval of the Recording Academy. Why give them the power? Why validate their awards even more as they continue to marginalize your success. Fans, when you tune in year after year despite your favorite artists being marginalized, awards for your favorite genre not being televised, what are you saying? With that said I’m gone……
“Hip-Hop been dead, we the reason it died
Wasn’t Sylvia’s fault or because MC’s skills are lost
It’s because we can’t see ourselves as the boss
Deep-rooted through slavery, self-hatred
The Jewish stick together, friends in high places
We on some low level shit
We don’t want niggas to ever win” ©-NaS
Watch Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons epic GRAMMY Awards mash-up performance