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  • BET: Rap Group Little Brother "Too Intelligent For the BET Audience"

    Daily Hip-Hop News:
    Little Brother's "Too Intelligent" Says BET, Network Responds To Allegation


    With Little Brother's The Minstrel Show hitting stores next week, SOHH.com has heard BET is refusing to air the album's first video, "Lovin' It" because it is "too intelligent for the BET audience."

    The video begins with a delivery truck dropping boxes labeled "gangsta," "backpackers," "earthy" and "icy" onto a street. The rest of the clip mostly sees LB and Joe Scudda, who is also featured on the song, performing in front of a capacity crowd. The clip also pokes fun at the Hip-Hop subgenres by depicting overly exaggerated backpacker and gangsta characters in the audience. "Lovin' It" also jokingly features typical scenes with Big Pooh sitting next to champagne-sipping models in the venue's VIP section while LB's entourage pop bottles. The video concludes with a car running through the boxes dropped on the street earlier.

    The statement of the video being "too intelligent for the BET audiece" was discussed recently on Columbia University's college radio station, 89.9, on the "Squeeze Radio" show. On the show they said the statement was made verbatim by the program director from BET to one of the Atlantic records label reps. This information was obtainmed directly from LB's 9th Wonder.

    SOHH.com contacted several officials at BET, including their vice president Stephen Hill, their program director, and publicist, Michael Llewellen who offered this response.

    "It's not true, not in that context. BET reserves the right to show or not to show music videos of any type based on the network's own standards and decision-making processes," Llewellyn told SOHH.com.

    When questioned further as to whether the words "too intelligent for the BET audience" was used, Llewellen did not respond. Atlantic Records has refused to comment.

    The LB incident doesn't mark the first time BET has allegedly banned underground artists from its video rotation. In December 2004, SOHH.com reported that BET snubbed De La Soul's "Shopping Bags" video and The Beatnuts' "Find Us (In the Back of the Club)" clip featuring Akon.

    In a meeting with BET heads, De La reportedly said BET told them they "weren't relevant to the BET audience" while The Beatnuts were told that "BET doesn't break new artists." The Beatnuts had previously garnered heavy rotation for videos like "Off The Books" from 1997's Stone Crazy, "Watch Out Now" from 1999's A Musical Massacre and "No Escapin This" off 2001's Take It or Squeeze It.

    The network has also been under fire from the black community for cutting its news coverage to make room for more videos in the past few years. Recently, the community has been frustrated with BET for its failure to cover the Hurricane Katrina's crisis.

    Little Brother's The Minstrel Show featuring "Lovin' It" hits stores September 13th.
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  • #2
    fuck BET

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    • #3
      I dunno..when you got an album called "The Minstrel show" you prolly gonna have some images in a video that's questionable...this is coming from a person who hasn't seen the video btw

      But, this is just more of a reason to dislike BET. Banning artists that deserve airplay while running videos by Pretty Ricky and Bow Wow 8 times a day
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      • #4
        I wouldn't be surprised if they really said it's "Too intelligent."

        Only elementary rhymes sell in the mainstream.

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        • #5
          "Too Intelligent For the BET Audience"

          That's a good way to show the fans love, lmao.
          "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -- Aristotle

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          • #6
            I read about this.

            The release of Little Brother's album really has brought to light the flaws, unfairness and corruption in the system.

            XXL. The Source. B.E.T.
            They're all as guilty as eachother.

            People who are liking "The Minstrel Show" really need to fork out the money for it, so as to show the corporate world that rap fans can be captivated by intelligence, originality and creativity, rather than more and more of the same regurgitated bling
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            • #7
              Why not just show it less or not come out with a statement like this? There are a lot of people into Little Brother. They just directly dissed everyone that watches their channel.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Rondell*Beene
                People who are liking "The Minstrel Show" really need to fork out the money for it, so as to show the corporate world that rap fans can be captivated by intelligence, originality and creativity, rather than more and more of the same regurgitated bling
                I might buy two copies.


                I'm a little skeptical about the article though, it seems this whole thing started from talk radio although I won't be surprised if it were true.

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                • #9
                  yeah all this little brother shyt is crazy... first benzino and the ex c e o of the source get into over giving it 4.5 mics, then xxl magazine said because it gave common and kanye xxl ratings, they cant see themselves giving another xxl rating so they give the mistrl show a xl and now bet...iono (just thinking out loud)....going to pick up my 2 copies during lunch at fatbeats...........
                  I'm Baaaaaaaack!!

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                  • #10
                    it was a sweet album I have listened to it at least 10 times and I really like it FUCK BET. This is a classic.
                    Take each day one step at a time.

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                    • #11
                      Its a conspiricy by the white man to bring down intelligent back people like little brother. BET is owned be a white corporation

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                      • #12
                        theres probaly more to the story
                        Joop Gruis is my supplier

                        PS Fuck a middle man, I'm Columbian I am the connect

                        Why u coppin him bathin apes, cuz he the type to work in a zoo bathin apes

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Rondell*Beene
                          I read about this.

                          The release of Little Brother's album really has brought to light the flaws, unfairness and corruption in the system.

                          XXL. The Source. B.E.T.
                          They're all as guilty as eachother.

                          People who are liking "The Minstrel Show" really need to fork out the money for it, so as to show the corporate world that rap fans can be captivated by intelligence, originality and creativity, rather than more and more of the same regurgitated bling
                          I will buy one b/c it is the best album of the year IMO.

                          This is just another example of how messed up BET is.
                          They thought I'll make another "Illmatic"
                          But it's always forward I'm moving
                          Never backwards stupid here's another classic

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                          • #14
                            BET suck. I cannot believe people actually still watch that shit.
                            "You wanna be the one in control
                            You wanna be the one who's alive
                            You wanna be the one who gets old
                            It's not a matter of luck - it's just a matter of time

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                            • #15
                              BET is WET.
                              My other aliases:
                              justp1ayin
                              West
                              Masai
                              On The Shelf

                              Originally posted by Nasen
                              i seeth for a minute
                              Originally posted by Derty JaSoN
                              i have no clue who was de-re whatever

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