Photos, Winners & Performances From The 2014 #BennettKnowsRadio Awards #AllOfTheLights

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 10.43.50 PMIMG_1304A #BennettKnowsRadio Award is an award recognizing Rhode Island artists and their achievements in 2014. Over the year, numerous artists have joined us on #BennettKnowsRadio to discuss exciting projects, premiere new singles or just to keep us updated on their musical journey. With a total of 50 + special guest over the year, #BennettKnowsRadio narrowed down the best-of-the-best in categories including Video of The Year, Project of the Year, Best Collaboration and “The New Comer” amongst five others. The night’s biggest winners included Bianca with the #BennettKnowsRadio Awards for “Video Of The Year” and “Performer Of The Year”, Verzatyl for “Male Artist Of The Year” and “Project Of The Year” and Code Green for “Most Anticipated Artist” and the #BennettKnowsRadio “Single Of The Year”. For the finale of the third season of #BennettKnowsRadio we had special guest performances from Rodda JSticky Pacaveli, ADTheThird, Olivia King, Lexx Casey, EmiliOMG and Verzatyl! The night was a perfect way to end such an amazing semester! Having all of theses talented artists in one building is what #AllOfTheLights is all about! Check out complete list of winners, photos and performance from the #BennettKnowsRadio Finale below!

Complete List Of 2014 #BennettKnowsRadio Award Winners
Most Anticipated: Code Green – 2015 EP
Best Collaboration: Lexx Casey – “Excuse My French” ft. EmiliOMG
Video Of The Year: Bianca – “Happy” ft. Rodda J
The New Comer: Fast Paper
Performer Of The Year: Bianca
Freestyle Of The Year: ADTheThird
Male Artist Of The Year: Verzatyl
Female Artist Of The Year: Olivia King
Project Of The Year: Verzatyl – Even Kings Dream
Single Of The Year: Code Green – “Too Silly”

Rodda J – “All That Matters” Cover 

Sticky Pacaveli – “White America”

ADTheThird – “Here To Stay”

Olivia King – “I’m Goin’ Down” Acapella

Lexx Casey – “Love You Better”/”Excuse My French” ft. EmiliOMG

Verzatyl – “Royal Purple Reign”

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Nicki Minaj Leaves Her Mark With ‘The Pinkprint’ [Review]

nicki-minaj-pinkprint-cover-art-standard-ws-710Three years ago I was blogging about Nicki Minaj’s sophomore album Pink Friday: Romans Revenge! Today, the rap diva finally followed-up with The Pinkprint. “The Pinkprint will remind people why they fell in love with Nicki Minaj. And I think people need that,” she explained. Nicki notes Jay Z’s Blueprint as her biggest influence and hopes that female artists will refer to it in the future. The album opens up with the “All Things Go” which sets the pace for the rest of the album. On the following tracks, “I Lied” and “The Crying Game”, Nicki shows a more vulnerable side as she explores her recent break-up which plays a huge role in this project. On the next two tracks, Nicki Minaj picks up the pace with “Get On Your Knees” featuring Ariana Grande and “Feeling Myself” featuring Beyonce. Other collaborations include “Only” featuring Chris Brown, Drake and Lil Wayne, the smooth, “baby-making” track, “Favorite” featuring Jeremih, “Buy A Heart” featuring Meek Mill, a modern day spin-off Alicia Key’s “Im Ready”, the island-inspired, turn-up “Trini Dem Girls” featuring Lunchmoney Lewis and the emotional “Bed Of Lies” ft. Skylar Grey. Other notable tracks include hard-hitting hip-hop tracks “Four Door Aventador”, “Shanghai” and the turn-up tack “Truffle Butter” featuring Drake and Lil Wayne. Overall, this album is a success! Nicki shows growth and diversity as she delivers everything a current Blueprint for female MCs should consist of. As always, Nicki delivers tight flows, witty punch lines and this time vocals. I believe fans, critics and even hip-hop heads will be satisfied with The Pinkprint! Definitely worth the listen!

Nicki Minaj – “Only” ft. Chris Brown, Drake & Lil Wayne

Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

New Music: ILoveMakonnen – “Swerve”

makonnen-swerveAfter getting nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the forthcoming Grammys, ILoveMakonnen keeps the party going with his new single “Swerve”. The Mike Will Made-It production follows the momentum of his first hit “Tuesday”. “What’s the word on ‘em? I swerve on them”, he croons. Earlier this year, Drake signed the Atlanta rapper to his label, OVO, the singer/rapper an overnight sensation! What do you think of Makonnen!? Don’t ger swerved! Check out ILoveMakonnen’s “Swerve” below!

New Music: French Montana – “Bad B*tch” ft. Jeremih

bad-bitchFrench Montana returns to the scene with his new single “Bad B*tch” featuring Jeremih. The track is a definite club-banger for the ladies. While Jeremih opens up crooning, “Got a good thing going with a bad bitch, you know who to call when you need it. Wish  I had another you I’m greedy. Can’t believe I fell in love with a bad b*tch”, French spits, “God damn, fell in love with a bad b*tch, she said French bring me to Paris. Dominican mami from Cali, said go ‘head bend over, let me grab it”. The duo definitely hit the nail on the head with this one! The single is part of Montana’s EP Mac & Cheese: The Appetizer due tomorrow! Enjoy the appetizer! Check out French Montana’s “Bad B*tch” featuring Jeremih below!

New Music: O.B. O’Brien – “Schemin’ Up” ft. Drake & P. Reign

schemin-upAfter plugging in Drake for the “2 On (Remix)”, O.B. O’Brien hits up Drake and P. Reign for his new, smooth turn-up “Schemin’ Up”. While Drizzy raps about his lavish lifestyle including convertible Bentleys and houses in the hills, P. Reign raps about OVO and turning up and of course O.B. O’Brien delivers a smooth verse about the ladies. I like the track and could see myself turning-up to it as the year comes to an end. Each of these artists provided us with turn-ups this summer so I’m looking forward to what the trio has in store for 2015! Get ready to scheme! Check out O.B. O’Brien’s “Schemin’ Up” featuring Drake and P. Reign below!

New MV: Pusha T – “Lunch Money” [Teaser]

Pusha T Releases Kanye West Produced "Lunch Money"Today Pusha T teased the video to Kanye West produced track titled “Lunch Money”. On the he G.O.O.D. Money collaboration, Pusha ruthlessly raps about his position in the game. “This is crime by design, if the crown ain’t mine, tell me who am I behind?”, he spits. The production, a mixture bubbly beats and hot synchs is reminiscent of Kanye’s last production with Tyga. In the teaser, we a 15-second glimpse into what looks like an action packed video! Currently Pusha T is in the studio working on his follow up to his 2013 debut My Name Is My Name. The full video is set to premiere this Monday! Check out Pusha T’s “Lunch Money” teaser below!

Rihanna Performs “Pour It Up” Alongside Full Orchestra

Screen Shot 2014-12-13 at 2.32.18 AMRihanna can take a stip-club anthem and turn it into a pure classic. At the singer’s 1st annual inaugural Diamonds Ball charity event, a black-tie fundraising gala benefitting the Clara Lionel Foundation, the 26-year old pop diva performed her 2012 hit “Pour It Up” along side a full orchestra, reinventing the turned-up track. “That’s how we ball out! Thats how we ball out!”, she chanted at the end of the performance. I’m not sure if I like this version or the original version better! Currently Rihanna is working on her highly anticipated eighth album. While the album has no release date, the “Diamonds” singer explains, “it’s coming soon”. Let’s talk about a boss! Check out Rihanna’s Diamond Ball performance below!

New MV: Jhene Aiko – “Wading”

Screen Shot 2014-12-13 at 2.06.09 AMOnce again R&B/Soul singer Jhene Aiko delivers an incredible visual. This time Jhene delivers a masterpiece to Souled Out track, “Wading”. In the video, Jhene turns up the sex factor as she tells the story of an underground empire where she’s drugged and protected from one man by another. Before anyone gets hurt, the SWAT team enters the mysterious spot setting Jhene free. Between a mixtape and debut album, 2014 has been a great year for Jhene Aiko. Sail Out  track “The Worst” is nominated for both Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best R&B Song at the forthcoming Grammy Awards! Sail out with Jhene! Check out out Jhene Aiko in “Wading” below!

New MV: Nicki Minaj – “Only” ft. Chris Brown, Drake & Lil Wayne

only Screen Shot 2014-12-13 at 1.52.27 AMAfter creating controversy with the Nazi-themed “Only” lyric video, Nicki delivers the dark and gloomy themed video. In the video, Nicki takes us to her underground sex dungeon where her, Drake and Wayne address the rumors and lavish lifestyles alike.“Nothing but real niggas only, bad b*tches only . . .”, Breezy sings as he makes his creepy cameo complete with crazy contacts and gold grill. At this point, Nicki has a handful of bangers including “Feeling Myself” featuring Beyonce , “All Things Go”, “Bed Of Lies” featuring Skylar Grey and the smash-hit  “Anaconda”. Are you ready for the Pinkprint? Nicki notes Jay Z’s 2001 album, The Blueprint, as her biggest inspiration this time around, “I want female rappers to be able to pattern themselves with what I’ve done one day. I think the album is so classic. It’s gonna feel so good and I think it will probably be something that female rappers look to as a Pinkprint for years to come,” she continued. The Pinkprint hits stores December 15th! Check out Nicki Minaj’s “Only” featuring Chris Brown, Drake and Lil Wayne below!

#BennettKnowsRadio Interviews Dru Barells + A Freestyle

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 4.26.40 AMEarlier this week Providence rapper Dru Barells returned to #BennettKnowsRadio as special guest! Upon arrival, Dru followed up with an update on what he’s been doing since he dropped It’s Still Different. Along with the rapper’s forthcoming EP King Of The Island comes two additional projects; Menace To Society, a turn-up project and Hard Liquor, a smooth project perfect for New Years. Dru discussed all aspects of weach project including themes, collaborations and production. Before leaving, Dru left us with another flaming freestyle! Keep an eye on Dru Barells in 2015! Check out Dru Barells #BennettKnowsRadio interview and freestyle below!

#BennettKnowsRadio Interviews Dru Barells

#BennettKnowsRadio Interviews Dru Barells (Part II) 

Dru Barells Freestyles On #BennettKnowsRadio 

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