"Don't call it a comeback
I been here for years
Rockin my peers and puttin suckas in fear
Makin the tears rain down like a MON-soon
Listen to the bass go BOOM
Over the competition, I'm towerin
Wreckin shop, when I drop these lyrics that'll make you call the cops
Don't you dare stare, you betta move
Don't ever compare
Me to the rest that'll all get sliced and diced
Competition's payin the price"
So as you're all no doubt aware by now, there was a colossal mistake at the 89th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway came out to present the signature award of the show, the Academy Award for the best motion picture of the year. To simplify things let's just refer to said award as the Oscar, since that has been the nickname for the trophy presented to winners since at least the 1930's. Presenters are given an envelope prepared by the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers with the name of the winner, a winner chosen by the vote of 6,000+ members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The winners are a carefully kept secret and the envelopes themselves are guarded more closely than POTUS guards the national security of the United States. Until the envelope is opened nobody other than PWHC knows who won, and there's genuine tension as the audience and presenters wait with baited breath to learn the results.
This year it all went horribly wrong in a way that was unintentionally hilarious. Nobody has yet explained how this happened, but Beatty and Dunaway were given the WRONG envelope as they walked out on stage. A confused Warren Beatty examined the envelope, which said that Emma Stone won for "La La Land," but that was the Oscar winner for Best Actress. It's possible the movie could have won best picture as well, but the envelope would not have had the name of an actor inside either way. He showed it to Faye Dunaway, who announced the movie as the winner, and the producers and directors assembled on stage to give their acceptance speech. Before long they were interrupted by people producing the TV show to explain they had made a mistake, and that the real winner of the best picture was "Moonlight." PricewaterhouseCoopers had to apologize immediately after the show aired.
For many this immediately brought to mind the Miss Universe 2015 pageant, where presenter Steve Harvey made an error and announced the runner up in the pageant instead. Ariadna Gutierrez had already accepted the crown when they announced that there was a problem, the actual winner Pia Wurtzbach came out, and the previous year's winner had to take the crown off of Gutierrez and present it to Wurtzbach. Harvey was roundly criticized for this mistake, even though much like the Academy Awards, the fault was not solely his given how it was produced, with someone over a headset in his ear giving him directions about both the teleprompter and the card with the winner's name.
Those same people who raked Steve Harvey over the coals for his mistake (which he apologized for on air, and multiple times immediately after it aired) should turn around and apologize to HIM after last night's Oscar for Best Picture was botched. If the most overproduced, most guarded and secured, most overblown of all awards shows other than the Grammys can get it THAT WRONG then Harvey's mistake in hindsight seems like much less of an offense. Unless you are going to replace everybody from the presenters to the accountants to the producers to the show runners with robots, mistakes can and WILL happen. We are all only human. I felt bad for Beatty and Dunaway being given the wrong envelope but no more or less so than I did for Harvey being given a teleprompter and a card to read at the exact same time. The lesson to learn in both cases is that nobody is infallible and we should accept mistakes such as these with kindness - we are all equally capable of making mistakes and would want the same kindness toward us. "Judge not lest ye may be judged."
It's time for another edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #415 is called The Work Is Not in Limbo. We have new material from FROSTiE, Hank $weets, Cee Jay, Mpulse and more! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show.
* Dae Dae - Dem Days
* FROSTiE - WORK
* Skully - Block Scale
* Hank $weets - LIMBO
* Macntaj - Sister
* Cee Jay - Waste No Time
* Stizzy Starks - Squad Goals
* Mpulse - In the Field
* Jus Smith - SmithStyle
Audio: Milano Constantine f/ Big Twins & Conway - "Rasclat"
Matt: Milano Constantine has made a name for himself showcasing his art alongside other great NYC emcees such as Big Pun and the D.I.T.C. camp. Since 2000, the Harlem native has released a handful of solid projects, but now the time has finally arrived for his anticipated full-length masterpiece The Way We Were.
FAMEus: Mac Fame steps back into the ring with his fist round of new releases. "Hip-Hop Birthed Me", a freestyle of Tupac's "Temptations" beat, Mac reminds us what it was like being an 80's baby, growing up in the 90's being influenced by Hip-Hop.
Steve: After scorching island and international followers for years, now, with her sultry, stimulating styling’s, Caribbean Pop Princess Barbee has been getting a flood of American support since the song and video release of DJ Luke Nasty record “OTW” featuring 2 Chainz which stars Barbee in the video and song with the record topping the charts at #4 on the Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Chart.
Matt: From their youthful mixtapes, Sealed For Freshness, Church League Champions to their breakout mixtape Mania! and two studio albums The Div and G.M.B., the trend-setting California trio Pac Div (brothers LIKE & Mibbs and BeYoung) have always been a little ahead of the curve.
Superior's Producer Compilation, 'The Journey' Has Arrived!
DM360: The Journey is a showcase of the brilliant production work of Spanish-German artist, Superior. His approach combines Golden Era instrumentals with a lineup of guest emcees who deliver sharp rhymes that touch on everything from bully raps to thoughtful introspection.