I learned a long time ago that the terms best, most popular, critically acclaimed aren't mutually exclusive to one another. You can be one and none of the other as well as being all three simultaneously. In today's entertainment realm they're as separated as the U.S. is on marriage and race relations.
I'm apart of the population that actively doesn't watch much BET & tries to ignore most award shows in general. My days in Internet radio were a different time where we used the "train wreck" nature of these events to fuel our counter culture p.o.v. & get a few jokes off. Now it's just not worth the time, gen-pop is too far gone & we've got better things to do.
However aftermath of the 2015 BET Awards, while causing a bum rush of new memes and bloopers to feed the internet its weekly fuel of foolishness had a moment of "clarity" if we can call it that. J.Cole & his "2014 Forest Hills Drive" album pulled off a feat that hadn't been seen in the last 25 years of music in or out of the rap/hip-hop genre. In the age of the mega collab club records and super friends themed tours one artist stood alone with a quality piece of work and deserved to be recognized for it. Yet... as seen with so many before him, no dice.
The attached J.Cole meme is encouraging yet also irritating. I'm glad people have the intelligence in this pre-idiocracy (shout out to Mike Judge) society to recognize this glaring oversight and the motivation to speak on it. I also look at it as a "too little too late" outburst from a public that has created and fed music's black hole of talented artist with potential to be great if only for a receptive public. What about all the other GREAT artist that have continuously gone unrecognized?! I'll wait...
I applaud those with a sense of responsibility, but truth is your cries for diversity & proper recognition fall on the deaf ears of those who never had your best interests in mind to begin with. By making J.Cole a platinum artist you did what you were supposed to in supporting good music. By fueling his concert attendance and purchasing any & all forms of media made available you've shown the system exactly what u will and won't tolorate from your top tier artists. If you continue to do so w/ J.Cole and artists (main stream or independent) who's work you truly value and appreciate, while shunning the assembly line nature of "pop-hop" your voice will not only be heard it will become dominant. But BET sadly made it clear they didn't care about what or who you care about, and made their decision without you. Sounds a lot like the real world doesn't it?!
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