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No, it wasn’t an R. Kelly video, but instead it was a mixture of the old school and the new. Both presented a united front for the taping of the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta, Georgia at the end of September. Of course it wouldn’t be complete without hip-hop’s finest taking a trip along the red carpet, and Soultrain.com was there.
Despite the actual show having a dark cloud of doom after reports of an altercation and shots being fired in the parking lot, the red carpet was full of positivity.
Some notable appearances on the carpet included 50 Cent, T.I., Wiz Khalifa, Sean Garrett, 2 Chainz, Future, Pusha T, Joe Budden, Wale and of course the host of the evening’s events, Mike Epps. There was also a string of newer artists that arrived in style such as X-Factor’s Marcus Canty, The Rangers, Angel Haze, and Lil Niqo.
Many artists on the red carpet were excited to just be nominated, some where there to pay homage to the late Chris Lighty, while others were excited to reveal what projects they had coming up.
SoulTrain.com spoke with Diggy Simmons, and while he’s one of hip-hop’s newer artists, his family tree includes his father Rev. Run of Run-DMC fame and his uncle Russell Simmons.
Diggy said of his upcoming projects, “I have a sitcom coming out on BET. It’s incredible–the script is amazing and so real. I’m excited! I can’t tell you what the title of the show is just yet, but I do have a mixtape coming out real soon called Out of this World.”
Diggy also weighed in on the impact of the iconic show Soul Train, saying, “I don’t think I was born yet when Soul Train was on, but just watching the reruns and seeing how people just had fun with music and dance and bringing that to life, it’s special. I feel like that’s what we should always be doing just showing how much we love music.”
A love of music is what pushed new artist Jay Bird the Purdy Boi to enter the BET Hot 16 Contest, which he ultimately won and got the chance to participate in one of the cyphers. Jay Bird spoke with Soultrain.com about making his debut on the red carpet, “I’m so glad to be here, and I’m excited to see all of the artists perform. I just hope that one day I get the opportunity to work with Diddy.”
It was also exciting to see some of the artists that paved the way for the newer generation grace the red carpet, such as E-40, Busta Rhymes, Uncle Luke, RZA, Rakim, A Tribe called Quest, and a face we haven’t seen in a while, former No Limit soldier Mystikal.
Soultrain.com spoke with Mystikal about what he’s working on since his release from prison. He said, “I’ve got a lot coming up, a new album, and I’m working on a reality show. We actually just shot the pilot, it’s called Groupie Love. I’m just really working, working, working and trying to get back out there.”
Just because it was the hip-hop awards doesn’t mean a little R&B wasn’t present. Miguel graced the red carpet, and veterans such as 112’s Q Parker came to show their support and remind everyone that R&B hasn’t quite died out just yet. Q Parker said, “I’m here to help revive R&B, so R&B is definitely on its way back, so make sure you support and get my new album titled The MANual and it’s in stores at the end of October. I’m giving the ladies exactly what they have been asking for.”
Looks like the rest of 2012 and the start of next year will be jam packed with lots of new music spanning across various genres for the masses to enjoy!
The 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards aired October 9th but be sure to check your local listings for the reruns!
Shameika Rene’ is a journalist of all trades. She can usually be found producing television news and writing for various websites such as Charlotte Vibe, Creative Loafing, or her own site, www.themofochronicles.com. She’s also a special guest contributor on The Social Hour on Urban Soul Radio. Follow her on Twitter @mofochronicles.