The BET Hip-Hop Awards aired last night (after originally taking place back in June). An award show typically lauded for its true allegiance to hip-hop, its pioneers, and the culture that has developed around that, it seems they made a pretty big mistake with this year’s show.
2016 is the year we lost some major music heavyweights; notably Phife Dawg of the legendary A Tribe Called Quest, and Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo. But despite the major long-lasting contributions those two have made to the hip-hop world, BET couldn’t be bothered with setting aside a decent chunk of time for a proper tribute to them. Ed Lover & Monie Love, who are, of course, veterans of hip-hop who hail from the same era that produced Phife Dawg and A Tribe Called Quest, were absolutely furious. Click on the audio player above, and part two below, to hear Ed & Monie’s two-pronged approach to reprimanding BET for the disrespect to hip-hop’s roots in this exclusive clip from the “Ed Lover Show.”