By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Music is back on MTV with “The Hip Hop POV” premiering tonight at 12am ET/11pm CT. Ripping the veil off of the hip-hop industry, the weekly late-night talk show gives fans at home an exclusive, industry insider’s perspective on the hottest artists, exclusives and biggest fails of the week.
The roundtable of music industry experts– Charlamagne Tha God, Bu Thiam, Devi Dev, Amanda Seales and yours truly—collectively bring our unique and oft-differing perspectives and opinions from various facets of hip-hop, from radio and media to inside major record labels. Expect plenty of debate, trash talk, juicy tidbits and above all, tart honesty, that you won’t find anywhere else. Sometimes we agree, usually we don’t.
The debut episode kicks off with a bang, featuring a candid interview with reclusive superstar Lil’ Wayne in Miami, behind-the-scenes with Akon and French Montana on their new music video set and a live, in-studio appearance and performance by buzzy rapper 2 Chainz, who is on everybody’s radar following his killer verse on Kanye West’s “Mercy.”
In addition to performing “Spend It” and “Riot” on “The Hip Hop POV” stage, 2 Chainz sits down with the entire cast to talk about life as ostensibly the biggest “new” rapper in hip-hop. With a keen emphasis on highlighting established artists as well as burgeoning talents, upcoming episodes will feature a slew of heavyhitters from Meek Mill and Pharrell to A$AP Rocky and Hit Boy.
Don’t miss tonight’s premiere episode of “MTV’s Hip Hop POV” at midnight ET on MTV. The conversation-based show highlights some of today’s hottest news and more from a cast of hip-hop tastemakers. Fans can also join in on the Twitter conversation using the hashtag #HipHopPOV.