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Young Jeezy, 'F.A.M.E.' & T.I., 'I'm Flexin''
Young Jeezy came out of the shadows, decked out in all-white everything and shades, commencing the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards with a performance of his new hit, 'F.A.M.E.' With fire lighting up both sides of the stage, the trap star heated up the center floor with his rhymes. A surprise was the song's featured MC T.I., who came out of the shadows dressed in a grey Gucci sweatsuit. "What's up, world?" he shouted before moving into his verse. The formerly incarcerated rapper closed the set with his new Big K.R.I.T.-produced track, 'I'm Flexin'.' "A-Town, we back!" Tip stated before exiting the stage.
Wiz Khalifa, 'Taylor Gang' Featuring Chevy Woods
A shirtless Wiz jumped around the stage with more stamina than the Energizer Bunny. Rocking khaki cut-off shorts and knee-high tube socks with his sneaks, the slim-waisted rapper performed with his 'Taylor Gang' collaborator Chevy Woods in front of a backdrop of flashing lights and flames.
With a growing empire, it only makes sense that Maybach Music Group's logo would boast the power color of red as its signees and label boss took the stage. Before Wale and Meek Mill took their turn on the mic, veteran R&B singer El Debarge crooned a few lyrics, though he sounded rusty and in need of some more vocal practice. The 'Ambition' creator, donning a denim jacket and Nike Air Mags, then graced the stage to perform his hit 'That Way,' preceding his MMG colleague Meek's anthemic track 'I'ma Boss,' of course which spawned an assist from Ricky Rozay, who was dressed in a sateen navy tracksuit.
Chi-town's conscious rhymer performed his 'Lasers' single, 'Words I Never Said,' sans Skylar Grey, but instead, brought out a woman cloaked in a black mask to sing the hook. As Fiasco rapped through the political tune with a full band behind him, he rocked his mic -- decorated with a flag representing Palestine -- to and fro. His eyes stayed shut during his entire set, even when rocking out during the mysterious woman's -- she turned out to be Erykah Badu -- crooning. The song's lyrics displayed on a screen behind the rhymer, who was decked out in a black T-shirt decorated with the words "occupy" to pay homage to the recent Occupy Wall Street protests.
Jean vest, black leather shirt and red hoodie-rockin' Big Sean did his thing with 'I Do It' while black-and-white animation rolled on the jumbo TV screen in the background. Sean was joined by a bicep-flashing Roscoe Dash, who donned an army green zipper-clad vest with a silver "R" screen printed on the back. The two performed their Kanye West-assisted 'Marvin and Chardonnay,' but no appearance from Yeezy himself for this stage collab, the guys held it down as a twosome, all the same.
Heavy D 'Nuttin' But Love,' 'Is It Good to You,' 'Now That We Found Love' Featuring Tyrese
The 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards took viewers on a trip down memory lane when late '80s rap star Heavy D grabbed the mic for a special show of his classic hits. Opening his set with a medley that included the famed 'Teach Me How to Dougie' dance, Heavy proved age is nothing but a number as he kicked off some dance moves like a rhymer half his age. He eased through his famed tracks 'Nuttin' But Love,' 'Is It Good to You' and 'Now That We Found Love,' which brought out an all-black everything sporting Tyrese to sing the hook.