The 2011 BET Awards are Sunday night at 8pm EST LIVE from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and DJ Flexx was on site again this year to catch up with your favorite stars including: [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wale[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ace Hood[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Big Sean[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lloyd[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mindless Behavior[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cali Swag District[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Swizz Beats[/lastfm] and more!
[pullquote quote=”It’s hard to adjust. When you walk into that interview room and you see that fourth chair is gone..” credit=”Yung – Cali Swag District”] Perhaps the most moving interview was backstage with C-Smoove, Yung, and JayAre from Cali Swag District. The band is still dealing with the tragic loss of bandmember M-Bone, who was murdered last May in a driveby shooting in Inglewood.
“We make sure that everything we do is a remembrance of him,” says Yung. “We make sure that we always come together and keep each other focused. We’ve got to hard for Bone and Bone would be up there saying ‘You better go hard for me or I’m gonna get mad.’ It shocked everybody, so we’ve just got to go in, and keep his name alive, keep his legacy living and let the people know that Bone is always going to be here and always going to be a part of this group. We would never replace him with a fourth. And it’s always going to be the three of us with a little bit of Bone in each of us. We use each other as motivation and we use Bone as our biggest piece of motivation to always succeed and to just keep going forward.”
Is it hard to adjust to being three members?
“Yeah. Like right now. We’ve got three chairs sitting here. That’s not us. It’s always four of everything. It’s four of this, four of that. It’s hard to adjust. When you walk into that interview room and you see that fourth chair is gone, you’re like ..(pauses). Sometimes I just want to say, ‘put it there just because, you know? Just so I can have that piece of Bone… To feel that he’s sitting there…”
Lloyd talks about opening up the BET Red Carpet Ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium – his new CD, hitting stores July 5th, and his new tour with Lil Wayne rolling thru DC town July 16th
Big Sean talks about his start in music….his big break with Kanye West, and his early days – as a Telemarketer..?? “It was the worst job ever. It was wack as hell.”
Ledisi talks about “Pieces of Me’… that debuted at #2 on the R&B charts – and the fact that people are finally recognizing that she can really sing
Jill Marie Jones from “Girlfriends” talks about the show being in syndication and her role in the live production of “Marriage Material” that hit the DC area last Easter weekend.
And that million dollar question: Has she ever forgotten a line onstage? (Yep…!!)
Mario talks with DJ Flexx about the song he has playing in his head all the time (watch the video to find out!) – and the last concert he went to as a fan: Sade’s June 16th concert in Baltimore.
[pullquote quote=”..Seeing her live just made me realize how much I love music” credit=”Mario – about Sade”]
“I had never seen Sade live. As a writer and a performer, I think she is one of the best in her league. And seeing her live just made me realize how much I love music…There’s not too many artists like her in my generation doing live shows like that. Everything is up tempo, dance, auto tune, pop music.. To see that, it was just inspirational as a true singer to go in and write something that’s classic.”
Travis Porter talks about their BET “Best Group” nomination and their new tracks “Birthday Girl” and “You Don’t Know”
Debra Lee talks about what’s in store on BET – including the success of “The Game,” The #1 Sitcom in Cable TV history.. and (of COURSE!) the BET Awards at 8pm EST Sunday night, June 25th (Pre-Show at 6pm) on BET!
Former Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton talks about her new solo project “Sweet Vendetta”
DJ Khaled talks about his new CD “We The Best Forever” out July 19th, featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Neo, Chris Brown, Cee Lo Green, Ace Hood and more, plus the video premiere of the single “I’m On One” at the 2011 BET Awards Red Carpet.
Just what drives DJ Khaled?
“Life – and being challenged. My whole career has been like a challenge. I’ve proven a lot of people wrong and accomplished a lot of goals and dreams that I wanted to accomplish. And I’ve still got more and I’m going to keep going hard.”
Naturi Naughton talks about her new role on NBC’s “The Playboy Club” – about Playboy Bunnies in the 1960’s.
Wiz Khalifa talks about his first trip to the BET Awards and where he sees Hip Hop going in the next few years.
“I absolutely see a whole new wave, a whole new generation of not just rappers – but singers and producers and people who bring the next legendary phase…”
The song that stays in his head all day that’s not one of his?
“There’s certain days that I wake up and sing Willie Hutch, “Sunshine Lady.” I sing all types of stuff. You don’t want to know the music that plays in my head…(laughs..)..
The last concert you went to as a fan:
“Big Sean in Los Angeles. I was in the studio with Snoop and I was like, ‘Man, I gotta stop everything and I need to go see Big Sean. That’s my Homie, but I’m a big fan of his as well…”
The guys talk about opening the show for the 2011 BET Awards – dealing with their female fan base, and whether they miss the life of being ‘normal’ kids..
And speaking of ‘Normal’ – just what WOULD they be doing if they weren’t traveling the world breaking the hearts of 11-year-old girls?
Roc Royal: “A veterinarian”
Ray Ray: “I’d be doing art. I’d do portraits”
Prodigy: “I can only see myself doing this..”
Princeton: “Something to do with fashion and writing. I love writing songs.”
The writers behind Rihanna’s “Man Down” talk with DJ Flexx about their current projects – who they’ve worked with in the past (Jennifer Hudson, Mario, Justin Bieber to name a few) and who they
want to work with in the future– including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kanye…and Young Money Cash Money.
Swizz Beats about his talents off the stage, including painting (he sells them for charity to organizations like the Children’s Cancer Foundation) and his involvement with Aston Martin on the Rapide, the company’s first four-door design.
How important is it for him to be involved with projects outside of music?
“It’s 90% of my business,” says SB. “The industry is my love. It’s my passion, but 90% of my business is outside of the business. I don’t even know how it happened but from Reebok to Christian Louboutin to Aston (Martin) to all of the other stuff that I’m doing, I don’t even know how it happened. You look at it, and it’s like, wow! 90% of my business is outside of my business.”
Leon talks about touring the country with “Leon and the Peoples,” making two movies back-to-back, and balancing work with family time. Plus he’ll be heading back to DC this fall with a new live stage performance of “Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boys” (with Leon as the ‘Bad Boy.’) at the Warner Theatre. Daughter Noelle tags along to talk about “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and her plans for an upcoming R&B Single.
Nadine Ellis talks about the 2nd season of ‘Let’s Stay Together” – the very first scripted show on the network, plus she gives advice on breaking into the business.
Michael Rapaport and Phife Dawg talk about the new documentary “Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest” in theaters July 15th. Phife Dawg also chimes in with his opinion of Hip Hop today vs Hip Hop in the early 90’s.
Joyful Drake talks about her second season on “Let’s Stay Together”…and her upcoming Movie ‘Bad Ass’ starring alongside Danny Trejo…
Laurieann Gibson talks about her new BET “Born To Dance” TV series, debuting Aug 2nd.
If she wasn’t living this life of dance, what would she be doing?
“I wouldn’t be here,” she says. “I was born to dance.”
DC’s own Wale talks about his BET Nomination (Best Collaboration)
14-year-old Jawan Harris talks about his first tour with Tyga, Mindless Behavior, and Lil Twist
Plus he breaks into an A cappella R&B riff for us!
Ace Hood talks about his new CD “Blood Sweat and Tears” out Aug 9th featuring Chris Brown, T-Pain, Lloyd and more..
Is he nervous about performing at the BET’s?
“Very nervous,” says Ace. “But with a quick prayer and 110% on that stage, ain’t no way I can go wrong..” Amen to that!
Lola Monroe talks about her nomination for Female Hip Hop artist of the year..and the next level for her career.
“Expanding my brand,” says Lola. “..business venture wise. Perfumes, clothing lines, all that and music – and taking it to heights that no female rapper has ever taken it to.”
Hosea Chanchez talks about The Game being picked up for a second season … and whether he thought it would be as successful off network TV.
“I didn’t really know what to expect,” says Hosea. “It’s a little nerve wrecking switching networks like that. You just don’t ever know what’s going to happen… if the fans are going to follow. But I knew the fans were the ones who actually got us back on air. So I knew if they got us back on air, that they’d show up for us.”
YC talks about his new single with Ace Hood – and his plans to headline at next year’s BET’s..
The writer behind Pleasure P’s “Under,” Chris Brown’s “I Can Transform You” and Keri Hilson’s “One Night Stand” talks to DJ Flexx about his start as a backup singer for Tank, Kelly Rowland and Mario – and his own rise to fame with the hit single “Favor.”
Musiq Soulchild talks with DJ Flexx backstage at the 2011 BET Awards in Los Angeles. Ten years, six albums – what is the key to longevity?
“Not allowing the business to effect the fact that you’ve still got to make music for the people.”
The last concert you went to as a fan: Janelle Monáe “Shouts out to Janelle”
If you could only pick one — Studio Or Stage? “Stage… because I’ll always be able to connect with my people. I can make music on the road.”
Estelle talks about her new single “Break My Heart” with Rick Ross, and her “All of Me” mentoring foundation
Why the title “All of Me?”
“Because it is literally all of me,” Estelle explains with a laugh. “I was going through some stuff, and then I would go and write songs, I’d be crying, I’d be happy, whatever mood I was in I would write a song about. So when I’m saying on “Break My Heart” ‘You want me to trust you. But how can I trust you?’ I said that to my ex-boyfriend when I first got with him.”