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2022 BET Hip Hop Awards: A Clipse Reunion, Fat Joe With A Drumline, And TikTok Rap Hits

During the 2022 BET Hip Hop Awards, Clipse reunited for “Grindin,” while “F.N.F. (Let’s Go)” rapper GloRilla made her awards show debut.

Rap culture came together for the 2022 BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday night (October 4). Held at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta and hosted by Fat Joe, the Jealous One’s Envy rapper opened with a drum line that covered “Hot” by Young Thug and Gunna, along with 1998 Outkast classic “SpottieOttieDopaliscious.”

Fat Joe returned to the stage for an all-star performance dedicated to LOUD Records for their 30th anniversary. Introduced by label founder Steve Rifkind, Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep (featuring Lil Kim), Three 6 Mafia, Lil Flip, Dead Prez, Remy Ma and M.O.P. performed hits from their time on the label. The LOUD Records dedication also honored hip-hop forefathers Run-DMC, Ice-T, Kurtis Blow, and Schoolly D.

Five months after joining Chance the Rapper at the 2022 BET Awards, Joey Bada$$ arrived at the awards ceremony to perform “Head High” from his newest album 2000.

After surviving a shooting incident in June, Bronx rapper Lil Tjay teamed up with Fivio Foreign for a live rendition of comeback song “Beat the Odds.”

It’s Almost Dry rapper Pusha T surprised audience members with his latest singles “Diet Coke” and “Just So You Remember,” and also welcomed his twin brother No Malice for a Clipse reunion. The two performed their biggest hit “Grindin,” which turns 20 this year.

Battle rappers DNA and K-Shine went head to head during a freestyle segment midway through the show.

Best Breakthrough Hip Hop winner GloRilla blazed the stage with her Memphis cadence, performing “F.N.F. (Let’s Go)” and “Tomorrow 2,” although collaborator Cardi B was not present for the latter.

Louisville rapper EST Gee and Jeezy showed viewers why they’re “The Realest.”

Bleu and French Montana went futuristic while performing “Life Worth Livin’.”

And “Billie Eilish” rapper Armani White aid homage to N.O.R.E., who joined the Philadelphia rapper to perform his 2002 hit “Nothin’.”

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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