Wednesday, December 2, 2009

WTF Yo! Raps Award Picks

As I was getting my morning ready, I was buzzed on the BB with the message Yo! Raps Award Nominations are in!

So as a fan of the culture, I wanted to see who people were hot about.

Please take a look at this mess:
Global online magazine Yo! Raps proudly presents the nominees for the Yo! Awards 2009 giving Hip-Hop fans worldwide the opportunity to vote for their favorite artist/group in 20 prestigious categories ranging from Best New Artist, Album Of The Year, and Best Producer to the controversial Beef Of The Year.

Voting for the Yo! Awards 2009 starts on November 23 and ends on December 14.

[HIP-HOP] Album Of The Year

- Rick Ross - Deeper Than Rap (((Fought the bad exposure & Pimpin Curly with the dopest beats of the year possibly)))

- Eminem - Relapse (((Scarier than usually, verbally and aesthetically, this cat came back like he just started)))

- Jay-Z - Blueprint 3 (((Despite my personal distaste, this joint has some really strong records)))

- Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Links 2 (((Actually lived up to the hype)))

- Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon: The End Of Day (((really??? this was like an r&b album, a really depressing r&b album)))

- Fabolous - Loso's Way (((Sleeper of the year...pachangas!!!)))

[HIP-HOP] Artist Of The Year

- Jay-Z (((NO)))

- Eminem (((NO)))

- Rick Ross (((NO)))

- 50 Cent (((NO, funny as hell but NO)))

- Lil Wayne (((last year YES, this year NO)))

- Drake (((YES and you know why)))

[HIP-HOP] Group Of The Year

- Triple C's (((NO, Cmon, seriously??? Sing ONE SONG!!!!)))

- Playaz Circle (((NO, Um, see Triple Cs...and Duffle Bag was NOT THIS YEAR)))

- Slaughterhouse (((Lyricism's posterchildren, YES)))

- Black Eyed Peas (((NO, the WACKEST of the decade IMO)))

- Three 6 Mafia (((NO, I like the new single but...)))

- New Boyz (((NO, One dance dont start no show)))

[HIP-HOP] Song Of The Year

- Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind (((Strong contender)))

- Kid Cudi - Day N Nite (((If wasnt so depressing, I'd say yes)))

- T.I. ft. Rihanna - Live Your Life (((NO, do you any of the verses???)))

- Drake - Best I Ever Had (((YES, you know all the words, sorta)))

- Dorrough - Ice Cream Paint Job (((NO, a mega-remix doesnt equal hotness, your label just paid through the nose to extend the buzz)))

- Flo Rida - Right Round (((NO, GTFOH)))

[R&B] Album Of The Year

- Trey Songz - Ready (((strong contender)))

- Beyonce - I Am...Sasha Fierce (((Enough of her already but they'll give her one just so her fanbase will come to the website)))

- Maxwell - Blacksummer's Night (((YES after a hiatus this man is doing it like he never left)))

- Keri Hilson - In A Perfect World (((NO, BRICK!)))

- The-Dream - Love vs. Money (((strong contender)))

- Rihanna - Rated R (((late entry, IDJ may encourage this with some Adverts)))

[R&B] Artist Of The Year

- Keri Hilson (((NO, cute face voice is a little lightweight though, keep writing songs, publicist is working her butt off)))

- Trey Songz (((strong contender: His mixtape work paid off with actual sales finally)))

- Beyonce (((NO, unless they want the look...Beyonce overload)))

- The-Dream (((strong contender, Right Side & Fancy had him in everybody's iPod)))

- Maxwell (((YES, Out of nowhere, hes selling out shows)))

- Rihanna (((NO, from battering victim to skank du jour)))

[R&B] Group Of The Year (((Possibly the saddest category)))

- Day26 (((YES, by process of elimination)))

- Jagged Edge (((NO)))

- Pretty Ricky (((NO, on second thought, in this category theyre a strong contender)))

- All 4 One (((No, These dudes havent had a record out in like 5 years!!! You thought Jodeci was rough on the eyes, wait til you see this burly bunch.)))

- Danity Kane (((NO, This is showing you how bad this category is nowadays...this group already doesn't exist anymore)))

[R&B] Song Of The Year

- Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (((Strong contender, this makes all the single ladies start dancing with each other instead of dudes...counter productive)))

- Jeremih - Birthday Sex (((YES, for all the single ladies who werent even THINKING about marriage, here we go!!!)))

- Keri Hilson ft. Ne-Yo & Kanye West - Knocks You Down (((NO, not even for Xover stations)))

- Maxwell - Pretty Wings (((NO, great song just not song of the maybe, Ms. Washington I was blushing)))

- Mariah Carey - Obsessed (((NO, not as big as yesteryear baby)))

- Chris Brown ft. Swizz Beatz & Lil Wayne - I Can Transform Ya (((NO, late entry)))

Best New Artist

- Drake (((YES, Even though he's been around for a bit, this was his breakout year)))

- Keri Hilson (((NO, cute but nothing outstanding yet)))

- Kid Cudi (((dude, you hang with Kanye and you have a deal now, stop with all the depressed talk, see a therapist)))

- Wale (((strong contender, has made his mark at every awards show possible this year and is co-signed by jay-z)))

- Asher Roth (((Rode the white rapper horse a little too long and didn't connect with anyone who didn't go to college)))

- Dorrough (((NO, homey came in with some good songs but don't see him lasting too long)))

- Maino (((He isn't new either, all of the above tried to capture the "live your life" energy but failed.)))

Artist To Watch In 2010

- Nicki Minaj (((YES, she raps like a champ and wears booty pads!)))

- OJ Da Juiceman (((NO, NO, NO, NO, Okay!)))

- Gucci Mane (((NO, Seriously? He's dropping a major label release and has been the go-to guy for more than the 2nd half of this year, we're already watching. FAIL.)))

- B.o.B. (((NO, He was on the XXL C/O 09 and still hasn't presented us with any viable singles...and his mixtapes seem to be going under the radar.)))

- Nipsey Hussle (((strong contender, his mixtape series has been buzzing and his performance on the BET HHA opened up alot of eyes and ears to this dude. He might be the new Snoop and you see how long he lasted.)))

- J. Cole (((NO, I don't know what the big deal is about this dude. The only tight verse I heard was on the wale album. He's still eating at Denny's with the Young Gunz per diem.)))

Beef Of The Year

- Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift (((NO, it wasnt a beef)))

- 50 Cent vs. Rick Ross (((YES, 50 made characters, cartoons, songs...had me in stitches.)))

- Eminem vs. Mariah Carey/Nick Cannon (((NO, Em did put the slap down with his song)))

- Nas vs. Kelis (((NO, this is just a divorce. Not a beef. Please see: Notorious B.I.G., Life After Death "whats beef")))

- Chris Brown vs. Rihanna (((strong contender to raise domestic violence awareness but went away as soon as we started seeing her inner skank resurface when her sales were slipping)))

- Beanie Sigel vs. Jay-Z (((strong contender if Jay-Z responds without being covert because Beans has been handing it to him for like a month straight. I know Jay has to be feeling some kind of way.)))

Best Hip-Hop Video

- Eminem - We Made You (((NO, recycled)))

- Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West - Run This Town (((NO, Jay you aint Che)))

- Jay-Z - D.O.A. (((NO, Autotune sales up 50%? Thanks Jay.)))

- Asher Roth - I Love College (((NO, FAIL)))

- T.I. ft. Rihanna - Live Your Life (((Strong contender, jailhouse sympathy)))

- Chris Brown ft. Swizz Beatz & Lil Wayne - I Can Transform Ya (((strong contender, late entry but the effects are impeccable...hold on, this is an r&b record!!!)))

Best Producer

- Timbaland (((YES, Consistent strong track record)))

- Ron Browz (((NO, His autotune works wonders, long way from Ether though)))

- Cool & Dre (((NO, what did they turn up this year, besides a whole album for Queen Latifah???)))

- Swizz Beatz (((strong contender: from jigga to chris to whitney)))

- Polow Da Don (((strong contender, So humble with his but melodious with his work)))

- Just Blaze (((NO, he was very quiet this year. Blame Saigon?)))

Collabo Of The Year

- Rick Ross ft. John Legend - Magnificent (((NO, good for a short time though)))

- T.I. ft. Rihanna - Live Your Life (((YES, battery & jailhouse consideration)))

- Keri Hilson ft. Kanye West & Ne-Yo - Knocks You Down (((strong contender, Xover darlings kanye & Ne-Yo make this a tough one to beat)))

- Trey Songz ft. Drake - Succesful (((strong contender)))

- Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind (((YES, people will be singing this in 50 years if were still alive)))

- Fabolous ft. The-Dream - Throw It In The Bag (((NO, as much as I love blind spending, my Visa bill says NO)))

DJ Of The Year

- DJ AM (((PROBABLY GOING TO WIN...God bless the dead but seriously, this is who people are biggin up a dead crackhead celebrity dj? YEah I said it.)))

- DJ Khaled (((As the pres of Def jam South, does he even dj anymore???)))

- DJ Drama (((mixtapes, WTK and more make Drama a strong contender)))

- DJ Scream (((heavy in the streets alignment with Shawty Lo, Gucci, Waka and now the alliance with Whoo Kid will have this cat in your iPod faster than you can say, "bootleg movies")))

- DJ Green Lantern (((strong contender, Thatshiphop and freestyles from his show on Sirius have been super popular this year after the XM/Sirius merger went down...)))

- DJ Kay Slay (((getting ready for the new album, i dont want to get Pudgee P'd)))

(((FYI, NONE of these DJs could even THINK about getting with Grandmaster Roc Raida...Rest In Peace)))

Hip Hop Icon Of The Year

- Jay-Z (((YES, Increased his stock like 100,000 trillion with the Nets, Beyonce, etc)))

- Lil Wayne (((strong contender, has made everyone grow locks, change clothes, get tatted up...)))

- Diddy (((NO. Selling the idea of a renaissance hood hero to middle america...should be trying to buy into MTV)))

- KRS-One (((NO. What? Icon perhaps but not for this year.)))

- Reverend Run (((NO. Love the show Run but, where's Darryl Mac? You have everybody and they're mama on there. No DMC? Fail.)))

- DJ AM (((See above)))

Hottest Remixed Track In 2009

- Drake - Best I Ever Had Remix (((strong contender, didnt even need or warrant a remix, matter of fact what was the remix???)))

- Jeremih - Birthday Sex Remix (((strong contender, Everybody jumped on this)))

- Mariah Carey - Obsessed Remix (((NO. So-so (def, he he) remix)))

- Maino - All The Above Remix (((NO. Song stunk to begin with, dont dress up poop with Gucci shades)))

- Soulja Boy - Turn My Swag On (((YES, Swag was clearly the word of 2k9 and Soulja was the holder of the boulder...this joint had everybody hoppin out the bedddddd)))

- Ron Browz - Pop Champagne (((NO. One remix isnt gonna get it for you)))

Record Label Of The Year

- Cash Money/Young Money (((Addition of Drake, Nicki Minaj, Freeway make this young money team a get money team)))

- Def Jam (((Fabolous, Ghostface, Jadakiss and then duds like F.L.Y., Unladylike, Willie Northpole, Lil Ru, and Elektrik Red make this a contender)))

- Interscope (((BEP, 50 and Eminem will NOT make you LOFY)))

- Asylum (((Bun B, Cam'ron, Gucci Mane, Pimp C, OJ...Asylum is going for the fences)))

- Koch/E1 (((Once called the rapper graveyard, they still managed to serve up some quality releases from Slaughterhouse, Havoc, Saigon and more...)))

- Roc Nation (((They have 3, 2 dropped an year maybe)))

Best Live Performer

- Busta Rhymes (((Who still goes to see Busta???)))

- Jay-Z (((Do I really want to pay to see him stand there and rap???)))

- Lil Wayne (((Energy man, energy...he's all over the stage, playing guitar, humping girls...)))

- T.I. (((He's singin in the shower to a whole new audience)))

- Kanye West (((Emotional and enthusiastic come through as his strongest traits at any performance)))

- Wale (((Shows a lot of potential with performing, on the come up)))

Lyricist Of The Year

- Drake (((His flow got everyone's attention)))

- Eminem (((Lukewarm album and a superb performance @ Hip Hop Honors & BET Hip Hop awards thrust him right back on the radar)))

- Jay-Z (((All Black everything...some strong impressions this year, keeping it corporate)))

- Lil Wayne (((Still setting the world ablaze with cameos, remixes, mixtapes and more)))

- Kanye West (((Not so much a lyricist this year as he was a singer...but joints like Appalled and Run This Town serve to remind you, he aint just a producer.)))

- Joe Budden (((Joey got more attention from his web videos than his mixtapes. Add Tahiry drama and Joey would've won best rapper on a reality show)))

- Jadakiss (((Staying on the mixtapes & remixes, Jada is one of the go-to guys in NYC and will be until he cant do it anymore)))

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