Posts tagged Mike Epps

Picture of the Day :: Whitney Houston & Mike Epps “Sparkle”
…Detroit’s “Motown Sound” is hosting the cast of the Sparkle remake. I loved the original, one of my favorites….
They better NOT mess it up! :)

Picture of the Day :: Whitney Houston & Mike Epps “Sparkle”

…Detroit’s “Motown Sound” is hosting the cast of the Sparkle remake. I loved the original, one of my favorites….

They better NOT mess it up! :)


Hosted by Mike Epps, BET recorded its annual Hip Hop Awards over the weekend, the ceremony will broadcast on Tuesday, October 11 at 8 PM EST. The highlight of the show, as The Queen’s Castle previously reported, is that rap legend, LL Cool J was honored with the “I Am Hip Hop Icon” Award.

All weekend, Twitter and FaceBook was buzzing about the Awards ceremony, winners and after parties. Did you know Lil’ Wayne received a record 18 nominations, but didn’t attend the awards? Hmmm….

Every year, the best part of the BET Hip Hop Awards are the cyphers. Do you agree? When the show airs, we’ll get to see Eminem, Lady Rage, Ludacris, Rick Ross, Tyga, Royce Da 5’9, Meek Mill, Kevin McCall, Yelawolf, Wale, Kendrick Lamar, Joe Budden, Estelle and others get their cypher shine on.

To promote the Awards, BET has exclusively released two volumes of the cyphers both featuring DJ Premier on the turntables. Volume 1 has a number of faces new to the game, including Flintstone Gilbere Forte, Chris Sutton, XV and Jay Rock.

Rico Staxx, Wais P., Termanalogy, Sean Cross, French Montana are in Volume II

…Hilarious, you know Mike Epps got in on this one right?! He is a clown!

That’s it, thank y’all! LOL! Which rapper shined the most in the cypher?

BET announced their nominees for the 2011 Hip Hop Awards which will be hosted by Comedian Mike Epps in Atlanta on Saturday, October 1, and air on the network’s channel, October 11 at 8 PM.

Young Money’s own Lil’ Wayne received a record-breaking 18 nominations on the heels of the release of his newest album, The Carter IV, which has already sold an estimated 1,000,000 copies. Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa and Rick Ross follow in nominations; West and Wiz gaining nine nods each, while Maybach’s Ross received eight.

Although the full artist roster hasn’t been revealed, this year, Meek Mill is planning to join the cypher, which is usually my favorite part of the entire show, depending on who’s performing. One of my favorite from last year had to be GOOD Music’s takeover of the cypher, “…too many Urkels on your team that’s why your Winslow…” I had to post it! ;)

Read more for the full list of 2011 BET Hip Hop Award Nominees!

Best Hip Hop Video
Big Sean f/ Chris Brown – My Last
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now
DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – I’m On One
Eminem f/ Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie
Kanye West f/ Rihanna – All Of The Lights

Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collab)
Ace Hood f/ Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – Hustle Hard (Remix)
Big K.R.I.T. f/ Ludacris & Bun B – Country Sh*t (Remix)
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now
DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – I’m On One
Lupe Fiasco f/ Trey Songz – Out Of My Head

Best Live Performer
Busta Rhymes
Cee-Lo Green
Lil Wayne
Kanye West

Lyricist of the Year
Lil Wayne
Nicki Minaj
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Video Director of the Year
Gil Green
Anthony Mandler
Chris Robinson
Kanye West
Hype Williams

Producer of the Year
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
Kane Beatz
Lex Luger
No I.D.
Kanye West, Emile, Jeff Bhasker & Mike Dean

MVP of the Year
Lil Wayne
Nicki Minaj
Rick Ross
Kanye West
Wiz Khalifa

Track of the Year
6 Foot 7 Foot – Produced by Bangladesh (Lil Wayne f/ Cory Gunz)
Black and Yellow – Produced by Stargate (Wiz Khalifa)
I’m On One – Produced by T-Minus (DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)
Look At Me Now – Produced by Diplo & Afrojack (Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne &
Busta Rhymes)
My Last – Produced by Lex Luger (Big Sean f/ Chris Brown)

CD of the Year
Big Sean – Finally Famous
Lupe Fiasco – LASERS
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers

DJ of the Year
DJ Drama
DJ Enuff
DJ Envy
DJ Khaled
DJ Prostyle

Rookie of the Year
Big K.R.I.T.
Big Sean
Frank Ocean
Diggy Simmons
Tyler the Creator
Wiz Khalifa

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)
Lil Wayne
Nicki Minaj
Kanye West
Wiz Khalifa

Best Hip Hop Online Site
All Hip
World Star Hip

Best Club Banger
Ace Hood – Hustle Hard (Produced by Lex Luger)
DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – I’m On One (Produced by T-Minus)
Lil Wayne f/ Cory Gunz – 6 foot 7 foot (Produced by Bangladesh)
Waka Flocka Flame – No Hands (Produced by Lex Luger)
Wiz Khalifa – Black And Yellow (Produced by Stargate)
YC Worldwide f/ Future – Racks (Produced by Sonny Digital)

Best Mixtape
Big K.R.I.T. – Return Of 4Eva
B.o.B – No Genre
J. Cole – Friday Night Lights
Kendrick Lamar – Section .80
Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now (Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)
Lil Wayne – Motivation (Kelly Rowland f/ Lil Wayne)
Nicki Minaj – Monster (Kanye West f/ Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver)
Wiz Khalifa – Bright Lights, Bigger City (Cee-Lo Green f/ Wiz Khalifa)
Wiz Khalifa – Till I’m Gone (Tinie Tempah f/ Wiz Khalifa)

Hustler of the Year
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Verizon People’s Champ Award (Viewers’ Choice)
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now
Lil Wayne f/ Cory Gunz – 6 Foot 7 Foot
Nicki Minaj f/ Drake – Moment 4 Life
Kanye West f/ Rihanna – All of The Lights
Wiz Khalifa – Black And Yellow

Who are your picks in each category?

Nashville’s Finest :: @Lovenoise “Harder. Louder.”

There’s one name that is consistently associated with some of the best concerts and shows that Nashville has to offer, Lovenoise. Solely and through strategic partnerships, Lovenoise has been responsible for bringing some of the top artist in the industry to different venues throughout the city.

In January, Lovenoise kicked it off with the Stellar Awards, hosting concerts with a line up that consisted of Award winning artists and up-and-comings making their mark in the industry. From comedians like Mike Epps and Cedric the Entertainer, to hip hop legends Salt & Pepa, Biz Markie, Jazzy Jeff, Talib Kweli, ?uestlove and newcomer Wiz Khalifa, to R&B headliners El Debarge, Eric Roberson, Chrisette Michelle, Miguel, Melanie Fiona and Marsha Ambrosius; the caliber of show formats and artists continues to improve and keeps getting better.

Tonight, Lovenoise hosts Big K.R.I.T., formidably one of the top rappers to come out of the South in most recent years. The Mississippi native is generating a buzz the industry can’t deny and word is, he’s going to bring it all to the Mercy Lounge stage. Next week on June 25, Cedric the Entertainer, will hit the stage at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. Followed by Lovenoise’s annual Independence Day Bash which will get the city ready to host Wiz Khalifa & Big Sean on July 8. 

When The Queen’s Castle spoke to Lovenoise executive, Eric Holt, about the increased volume and quality of shows the company is offering, he shared, “We are at a place with Lovenoise where we are maximizing every opportunity. This year our motto is ‘Leave no show behind,’ and we are offering larger shows as frequently as possible.”  

If the last several months are any example of what we can expect for the rest of the year and years to come, Lovenoise will keep doing it best, but harder and louder, than anyone else in their industry.

For more information on Lovenoise or upcoming shows and concerts, visit!

BET Hip-Hop Awards Tribute to Guru (7.17.61-4.19.10)

The BET Hip-Hop Awards taped live from Atlanta, Georgia last weekend, but will air tomorrow at 8pm/7pm CST (fully edited, I’m sure). Hosted by Comedian, Mike Epps, I hear Puff Daddy and Rick Rozay (Ross) open the show w/a special appearance from MC Hammer.

In addition to the tribute honoring Hip-Hop Pioneer/Legend Guru, during the show, Nikki Minaj takes home three awards, including one for “Rookie of the Year.” While Jay-Z and Alicia go home with the “Perfect Combo” nod for my hometown’s anthem, “New York!”

The best part of the Hip Hop Awards are the ciphers, where new and well-known artists spit 16 bars of pure platinum. I’m looking forward to hearing Kanye’s G.O.O.D. music artists go all in and Royce Da 5’9” (One of Detroit’s Finest) get his shine. Will you be watching?

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