2010 has been a year of the highest highs, lowest lows, and some pretty amazing comebacks. Here’s a rundown as I remember it!
The Game—After three seasons, The Game managed to capture the hearts of black America. Unfortunately for The Game (and black America), it was a little too late. The CW network cancelled the program, even after an exhaustive “Save The Game” campaign by viewers and the program’s cast and producers. Once the campaign failed with The CW, campaigners switched their efforts toward BET, where the show was now receiving excellent ratings in syndication. Ultimately, BET ordered a new season of the show, which begins airing on January 11th. Sidenote: That ain’t Derwin’s baby!
Black Entertainment Television (BET)—I haven’t been a fan of BET in all of my adult life, but over the past year, they’ve really been trying to step their game up. BET has managed to give black America back it’s favorite television show, The Game, and the Michael Jackson tribute they desired featuring Chris Brown. In addition, BET has begun developing more original sitcoms to air in conjunction to the syndicated sitcoms it already airs. Who knows, in 2011 BET may just become the network we always dreamed it would be!
Young Money—Don’t get me wrong, Young Money is probably the hottest hip-hop clique in the game right now, but they just didn’t live up to their potential this year. First Weezy went to prison on those New York gun charges. Then Drake released an album that could be described as sub-par as best. Yes, it was decent music. Yes, it went platinum. But plenty of Drake mixtapes went WAY harder than that album. The final nail in the coffin was Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday. Yes, Nicki can rap. Yes, she has amazing features. But her singles, her album…mediocre at best. Yeah, Young Money had a good year, but with their talent and roster, they should’ve had a great year. Good is the enemy of great. Young Money, please let yourselves be great!
Lil Kim—Even after years without any new music, hip hop still recognized Lil Kim as the Queen Bee…that is until she opened her mouth about Nicki Minaj. I’m not sure if Kim was jealous of Nicki, had personal beef, or was just fiending for some media attention, but the little chick fit that she threw this year has pretty much ensured she no longer holds the throne. A little advice Kim: less talking and more rapping. We respect your talent, but not your whining. Get in the booth and give us an album, a radio single…at least a mixtape!!!
The Comeback Kids
Michael Vick—We all know the story. He was Atlanta’s pride and joy, but he screwed it all up by funding a dog-fighting ring and murdering a couple of pits in his free time. After an extended NFL timeout, some prison time, and what appeared to be insurmountable debt, Vick managed to come back into the league even better than before. He is unquestionably the most exciting NFL player to watch. And hopeful, he can end the most successful season of his career with a Super Bowl win. #TeamVick
Chris Brown—After it was revealed that pretty boy Breezy was a member of Team Slap a Ohhh, his career pretty much disintegrated. He produced good music, but no one played it. To even further complicate his life, he often vented on Twitter which always caught the media’s attention. He even went as far as to write subliminal tweets about his favorite people in the world, Jay-Z and Rihanna. Oh, those were fun! But Breezy’s career was resurrected when he performed an outstanding tribute to Michael Jackson at the 2010 BET Awards and followed it up with a Billboard #1 single entitled “Deuces,” a #1 box office hit, Takers, and completion of his domestic violence counseling. Go Breezy!!! And while Chris is ending this year on top, he’s also beginning 2011 fighting to stay there. He plans to release his next single, “Look at Me Now” at midnight. The single features Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne and supposedly, Chris raps on the track. “Look at Me Now” is the second single from his upcoming album F.A.M.E., which is an acronym for Forgiving All My Enemies. The album title is based off a tattoo he received in July.