Charron speaks out after being cut from BET Hip Hop Awards show [News]
Ottawa, ON – After slaying the competition and being crowned the champion of this past season’s 106 & Park Freestyle Fridays, east end Ottawa rapper Charron has been informed that he has been cut from the BET Hip Hop Awards.
After more than 200 hours riding a bus, $3,000 in travel expenses and eight grueling rounds of battle, Charron was crowned the champ. His name rang out across the hip-hop blogosphere and his KOTD video views heated up fast. His prize was partly in hand and partly a date to look forward to as the Oct. 15, 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards were still several months away.
The grand prize that Charron was entitled to for his efforts was $5,000 USD, a nifty wrestling style belt, Taco Bell gift certificates and, most importantly, an appearance on the BET Hip Hop Awards. 5K will come and go but an appearance on BET’s coveted award show would expose an up-and-coming artist like Charron to millions of viewers. Not only that, Charron’s prize was a spot on the annual BET Cypher which now gets as much attention as the award show itself. It would have given Charron the chance to spit a verse shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the game’s biggest names (along with artists considered the next to pop).
Ottawa’s Corey Charron told the Ottawa Citizen he wants answers
after being cut from the BET Hip Hop Awards show Cypher sessions
Well This year has 7 different Cyphers – even though Charron was told that segments had been scaled down and there was no room for him – featuring the likes of A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob (which includes Ferg), Kendrick Lamar and his TDE cohorts including ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab Soul and Isiah Rashad, and Slaughterhouse which of course includes Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, Royce da 5’9 and Joe Budden. There’s even more than that including Action Bronson, Lil Kim, Travis $cott, Nick Cannon and it goes on. Point being, Charron has been robbed of a great opportunity for exposure and it doesn’t seem like they’ve given him a good reason why they couldn’t fit him in for a hot 16.
And it’s too late to wrong a right in this case as we’ve confirmed that Charron has been informed that the Cypher segments had already been pre-taped, without him included.
Charron voiced his disappointment on Monday in an interview with the Ottawa Citizen: “Everyone in the hip-hop community is watching that, so that’s where you really have a chance to blow up and that’s what I was looking forward to.”
Corey Charron, 22, provided the Citizen with details on how he discovered he had been cut from the show. According to Charron, Omar Grant of BET Music Matters informed him that segments of the award show had been “scaled down, and formatted different from past years.” And he because of this, he continued they “didn’t have a place to put the Freestyle Friday Champion.”
The Citizen claims they reached out to Grant and other BET contacts for comment to no avail.
Could it be his image? As Charron himself pointed in the interview with the Citizen, BET is no stranger to white rappers, but his image doesn’t exactly fall in line with the typical MC you see on their programs. As he tells the Citizen, his “nerdy” image, which doesn’t fit the “traditional rapper look,” might be a problem for the show’s producers.
But hip-hop is largely concerned with “keeping it real” and Charron does just that. His talent speaks for itself and his career growth in the past year remains impressive even if he doesn’t get a look from BET during their ceremonies. If “nerdy” is what some people consider him, he’s cool with that.
“I don’t have tattoos and baggy jeans and hats. I’m just not trying to conform.”
To be clear – in case you don’t know what Charron looks like – he’s generally rocking jeans and a tee; nothing weird or unusual but not flashy or in your face. He appears to be more than aware that he might not fit everyone’s expectations of what a rapper is supposed to look like but he doesn’t seem to care either.
We can only hope that BET finds a way to make it up to Charron. It’s no surprise that he’s concerned about how it will make him appear to the rest of the community. In fact, some people are already convinced he was cut for not being good enough but that can’t be the case. If you watched him dismantle the competition on 106 & Park you’d know Charron could easily hold his own in the Cyphers.
If only he was given the opportunity to prove this; an opportunity he rightfully earned. Understandably Charron feels disrespected by BET and the whole ordeal.