The Rap Up: Post-Reading Week

The Rap Up: Post-Reading Week

We Know When That Hotline Bling

Seems like the music video for Drake’s ever popular summer jam “Hotline Bling”, took longer than it should have to drop but the reward far outweighs the negative. Sure, the music video is kind of cool, colourful and so on, but the one thing everyone is fixed on is the 6God’s dance moves. Twitter’s meme game is at an all-time high, and this was a free-throw. Who seems to love it most of all? Drizzy of course. He’s even uploaded some of his favourites to his Instagram encouraging the strange love, which we think is a very smart move. Drake hopes “Hotline Bling” will be his first single to reach #1 on the Billboard Top 100 despite a wave of placements already (more than the beetles, that’s right). The number #1 spot is currently being occupied by none-other than The Weeknd. Oprah’s looking at like Toronto like “And you get a W, and you get a W, and you get a W!”.


Shhh… It’s a Documentary

The Game has been let’s say, active in recent months? I mean, recording near 700 songs for your double disc album, interviews and promotion all over the country, and taking shots at Young Thug whenever he gets a breather seems to be a full schedule. The Documentary 2 and The Documentary 2.5 are now available for purchase and stream although Game is probably hoping you choose to purchase the two disc set. Despite being very solid projects with an all-star roster of features, both discs brought in “meh” first week sales combining for less than 150k. Perhaps this might be a lesson in quality over quantity.


2015 BET Hip-Hop Award Winners

Take a look at some of the winners from this year’s BET Hip-Hop awards. Your host of The Rap Up TJ Mroz also made his expert picks and try’s to defend the ones he missed (Winners in bold text).

Best Hip Hop Video

Big Sean featuring Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $Ign – “Play No Games”

Big Sean featuring Drake & Kanye West – “Blessings”

Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

Nicki Minaj featuring Beyoncé – “Feeling Myself” – TJ (It’s hard to bet against Queen B on anything)


Best Collabo, Duo or Group

Big Sean featuring Drake & Kanye West – “Blessings” – TJ (Sean, Drake and Kanye? Shut up already and take my money)

Big Sean featuring E-40 – “Idfwu”

Fetty Wap featuring Monty – “My Way”

Nicki Minaj featuring Beyoncé – “Feeling Myself”

Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne – “Truffle Butter”


Best Live Performer



Kanye West – T (But Kanye’s shows are almost a full on Broadway performance?! Love Cole though!)

Kendrick Lamar

Nicki Minaj


Lyricist of the Year

Big Sean



Kendrick Lamar – TJ (Duh)

Nicki Minaj



DJ of the Year

DJ Drama

DJ Envy

DJ Esco – TJ (Thought they’d give it to Esco for the all Future mixtapes this year, oh well)

DJ Khaled

DJ Mustard


Producer of the Year

DJ Mustard


Kanye West – TJ (Okay seriously, why they ridin’ Mustard?)

Mike Will Made-It

Pharrell Williams



MVP of the Year

Big Sean

Drake – TJ (Of course)



Kendrick Lamar

Nicki Minaj


Track Of The Year

“Alright” – Produced By Pharrell Williams & Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar)

“Blessings” – Produced By Boi-1da & Vinylz (Big Sean FEATURING Drake & Kanye West)

“Commas” – Produced By Dj Spinz & Southside (Future)

“Idfwu” – Produced By Dj Dahi, Dj Mustard, Kanye West & Key Wane (Big Sean FEATURING E-40)

“Trap Queen” – Produced By Tony Fadd (Fetty Wap) – TJ (You know you love this song too)


Album Of The Year

Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise

Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly – TJ (Thought they’d ride Kendrick on this one, Cole truly deserves it!)

Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint

Wale – The Album About Nothing


Who Blew Up Award

Bobby Shmurda

Dej Loaf

Fetty Wap – TJ (Yaaaaa Baby – Fetty voice)

Rae Sremmurd



Hustler Of The Year

Dr. Dre – TJ (Let’s face it, Dre had a monster year… Get it, monster? Headphones? Anyone?)



Jay Z

Nicki Minaj


Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)

A$Ap Rocky

Dej Loaf


Kanye West – TJ (But the Yeezy Boost…?)

Nicki Minaj


Best Club Banger

Big Sean featuring E-40 – “Idfwu” (Produced By Dj Dahi, Dj Mustard, Kanye West & Key Wane) – TJ (Everyone report to the dancer floor please)

Dej Loaf – “Try Me” (Produced By Dds)

Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen” (Produced By Tony Fadd)

Future – “Commas” (Produced By Dj Spinz & Southside)

Rich Homie Quan – “Flex” (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh) (Produced By Dj Spinz & Nitti Beatz)


Best Mixtape

Future – 56 Nights

Future – Beast Mode – T (Either way Future was winning this one)

Future – Monster

Lil Wayne – Sorry 4 The Wait 2

Travis Scott – Days Before Rodeo


Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

Drake – “Blessings” (Big Sean Featuring Drake & Kanye West) – TJ (no excuse for this one)

Drake – “My Way Remix” (Fetty Wap Featuring Drake)

E-40 – “Idfwu” (Big Sean Featuring E-40)

Kendrick Lamar – “Classic Man Remix” (Jidenna featuring Kendrick Lamar)

Lil Wayne – “Truffle Butter” (Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne)



Impact Track

Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend – “One Man Can Change The World”

Common & John Legend – “Glory” (From The Motion Picture “Selma”) – TJ (But the movie was so good)

Cole – “Apparently”

Cole – “Be Free”

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”


People’s Champ Award

Big Sean featuring Drake & Kanye West – “Blessings” – TJ (Im waaaaay up, I feel blessed)

Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”

Future – “Commas”

Kendrick Lamar – “I”

Rae Sremmurd – “No Type”

Rich Homie Quan – “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)”



Songs Played Tonight:

Pour Up – Lil Wayne

Clarity – Ace Hood

Fuck It – Tyler The Creator

Streetz – Jeezy

When I See It – Kanye West

Woodcrest Manor II – Raury

Like Woah – Logic

Me Myself & I – G Eazy Ft. Bebe Rexha

The Ghetto – Game Ft. Nas,

Up on the Wall – Game Ft. Problem, Ty Dolla $ign

From Adam – Game Ft. Lil Wayne

Magnus Carlsen – Game Ft. Anderson Paak

I Don’t Play About My Paper – DJ Khaled Ft. Future & Rick Ross

You Mine – DJ Khaled Ft. Jeremih, Trey Songz & Future

Gold Slugs – DJ Khaled Ft. Chris Brown, August Alsina & Fetty Wap

Saved – Ty Dola $ign Ft. E40

Don’t – Bryson Tiller

Rambo – Bryson Tiller

Overtime – Bryson Tiller

Exchange – Bryson Tiller


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