2015 BET Awards Highlights

Another award show has come and gone and as much as I convinced myself that I wouldn’t be watching this years BET Awards, I ended up watching. The show was hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson with a whole bunch of fluff and mediocre performances in between.
I won’t touch base on every performance, but let’s get into my favorites.

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Diddy & LL Cool J Receive Honorary Doctorate Degrees

It’s graduation season and there have been two rappers to receive honorary doctorate degrees for their work/contributions within the industry: LL Cool J and Diddy.

20140510-220254.jpg James Todd Smith, LL Cool J, was honored by Northeastern University with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree on May 2nd. To add to the honor it happened alongside his daughter who received her B.S. in Business Administration. In an interview with CBS Boston he stated:

“I’ve been called a few things, but never a doctor, that’s for sure. For them to recognize my body of work and my contributions to the world of art is an amazing feeling.”

Sean, Diddy, Combs not only gave the 146th commencement speech for Howard University, but he was also honored with a honorary doctorate degree in Humanities (May 10th). He’s no stranger to the university as he was a student there for two years before dropping out in 1990. During the speech he stated:

“Of all the amazing moments God has blessed me with, this has to be one of The Greatest! Thanks You Howard University and The Class of 2014.”

College isn’t for everybody and these two men are examples of that. You can dream big and get where you need to go, but education is not to be undermined. If you’re passionate about something build on it. Greatness can be achieved. Passion makes greatness. Regardless of what you might think of either men their contributions speak for themselves and both honors are well deserving. CONGRATS!

Forbes 5 Wealthiest Hip Hop Artists: Race to 1 Billion

Forbes makes this list every year and for the past 4 it has looked very familiar. Hip Hop is beyond just music. It involves many different business ventures in which artists can show their versatility and knowledge in other areas. Forbes makes a lot of lists as far as money made in all walks of life, but this one in particular is on the net worth. Not just on music, but net worth. This began in 2011 when Diddy topped the “first ever accounting of rap’s richest net worth” (Forbes).  There have been 5 rappers to round out the 5 since the net worth counting and that 5 remains the same. (Photo credit Forbes)

Forbes Wealthiest Rappers
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Well there’s no surprise that Diddy has topped this list yet again with a $120 million increase from 2013. Let’s get into the full 5 and the numbers.

  1. Diddy – $700 million
  2. Dr. Dre – $550 million
  3. Jay Z – $520 million
  4. Birdman – $160 million
  5. 50 Cent – $140 million 

The race to 1 billion could be won by Diddy based on numbers, but Dre and Jay are not too far behind. Diddy has Revolt, Bad Boy and dozens of other ventures. Dr. Dre has Interscope Records and his biggest asset to date, Beats by Dre, in which Interscope owns 2/3 of Beats which is now worth 2 billion. Don’t count Hov out. He has a deal with Live Nation, still has money from selling Rocawear in 2007 for $204 million PLUS he has RocNation which encompasses record label & management plus sports. Score for that $240 million deal with Robinson Cano. Birdman and 50 Cent might not be the closest as the other 3 to 1 billion, but they are doing pretty well off to not have released any music, lately. Birdman co-owns Cash Money Records which has clothing, content, and of course the subsidiary label, Young Money (Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne). Plus his GT Vodka adds to the net. Then you have 50 Cent who is still reaping the benefits of his vitamin water sale in 2007 for $100 million. He also has deals with SM Audio and SK Energy.

I give Diddy two to get to 1 billion. As much as people can say they dislike him you CANNOT deny that this man is an entrepreneurial visionary. He really makes something out of nothing. He goes about his business so smooth and the energy he gives lures everyone in to his projects. The passion he puts into everything he does is the reason his projects launch, the reason they sell, and why he’s the wealthiest rapper to date.

New ‘Puff Daddy’ Album

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is taking it back to the 90s with his new album that he has in the works. I’m not talking about taking it back to the 90s musically because no music has surfaced, just yet, but he’s going back to his original stage mantra, Puff Daddy.

 

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This will be the first time Diddy will be going back to Puff Daddy since he dropped the name in 2001. This project will also be his first SOLO project since 2006s, Press Play. 

Check out the trailer for his upcoming track ‘Big Homie’ below.

http://nydn.us/1m42zux

 

Billboard’s, Hot Rap Songs Chart, 25th Anniversary

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March 11, 1989 was the day that Billboard implemented the Hot Rap Songs chart. In celebration of the chart’s 25th anniversary, Billboard has released lists of the Top 50 artists from 1989-2014, the top 100 rap songs of all time, and the artists with most #1s and top 10s.

Here’s how the ranking was determined:

The 25th Anniversary Hot Rap Songs ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Hot Rap Songs chart, since the chart’s inception in the March 11, 1989, issue. Rankings are based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 having the greatest value and weeks at lower positions proportionately less. Due to various changes in chart rules, chart length and methodology throughout the years, songs had varying reigns at No. 1 and on the chart. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from all 25 years, certain time frames were weighted to account for the difference in turnover rates from those periods.

drake-001Here are the top 10/50 artists:

1. Drake
2. Jay Z
3. Lil Wayne
4. LL Cool J
5. Kanye West
6. T.I.
7. 50 Cent
8. Ludacris
9. Diddy
10. The Notorious B.I.G.

Female MCs did make the list such as Nicki Minaj (#16), MC Lyte (#21), Missy Elliot (#29), Salt-N-Pepa (#36), Da Brat (#38), and Yo-Yo (#48). Macklemore & Ryan Lewis make the list at #40 based off the success of The Heist which spawned hits, ‘Thrift Shop,’ ‘Can’t Hold Us,’ and ‘Same Love.

Here are the artists with the most #1s:

1.Drake -13
2. Diddy – 10
3. Kanye West – 9
4. LL Cool J – 8
5. 50 Cent
    Bow Wow – 7
    Lil Wayne – 7
    T.I. – 7
9. Ice Cube – 6
    Nelly – 6
    The Notorious B.I.G. – 6
Lil Wayne tops the Most Top 10s list with 288. Jay Z comes in second with 34 and Drake finishes 3rd with 29. Kanye has 26, Diddy-24, LL Cool J and Ludacris tie with 22, T.I. has 21, 50 Cent with 20, and Eminem and Snoop Dogg tie with 19.
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Missy Elliot holds the #1 spot for Rap song with most weeks at #1 with ‘Hot Boyz’ featuring Nas, Eve, and Q-Tip. It debuted in November 1999 and spent 18 weeks on the chart. Drake’s ‘Best I Ever Had’ and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’, ‘Thrift Shop,’ tie at #2 with 15 weeks on the chart. DJ Khaled rounds off that list with his track ‘I’m On One’ featuring Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne. It spent 13 weeks on the chart.
Enjoy the playlist below of the Top 20 Rap Songs of All-Time from the Top 100 Rap Songs list.

NBA All Star Weekend Recap, The Performances

Kendrick Lamar 

Pharrell x Nelly x Diddy x Busta Rhymes x Snoop Dogg

Trombone Shorty x Gary Clark Jr. x Janelle Monae x Earth, Wind, & Fire