The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards are officially in the books. In one of the few programs that still puts on for the culture, this show is always more about the performances than it is the actual awards. Hosted by none other than the coolest rapper in the world, Snoop Dogg, the 2014 rappers extravaganza was sure to be entertaining.
The show began with an electric performance of the summer smash “No Flex Zone” by Rae Sremmurd, and never seemed to skip a beat thereafter. Uncle Snoop hit the stage to begin the awards portion of the evening, which didn’t happen often. BET only presented a handful of the awards on the actual show, which allotted more time for some of the artists to do their thing.
Common‘s performance was one of many highlights of the show. The Chicago MC brought out Mike Brown‘s parents for an awesome and very moving moment. Shortly thereafter, BET honored the human beatbox himself, Doug E. Fresh, with the ‘I Am Hip-Hop‘ Award. The legendary entertainer got a little chocked up during his acceptance speech as he honored his fallen mother, whom he’d lost five weeks prior to the taping of the show. And being the amazing performer that he is, Fresh regained his composure for an impromptu performance of “La Di Da Di” with Big Snoop Dogg. With the crowd singing along, the two legendary artists provided a cap to another awesome hip-hop moment.
As the show continued on, we got more and more performances, which also included a reunion of some of hip-hop’s legendary ladies. Brandy united with Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Yo-Yo, for a remixed rendition of her classic R&B hit “I Wanna Be Down”.