10 Redemption Songs – Inspired By Chris Brown & the 2010 BET Awards
The 2010 BET Awards show was a night of comebacks. Kanye West opened up the show with a moving performance of his new joint “Power.” This was Mr. West’s first national television since he went on a self-imposed hiatus following his now infamous MTV Video Music Awards meltdown. T.I. returned to the national stage as well after doing a yearlong bid in the big house, but the night of redemption belonged to Chris Brown, whose emotional tribute to Michael Jackson stole the show. After all that, it got me to thinking about some of my favorite redemption songs in hip-hop. Joints with a redeeming quality that helped rappers bounce back from a recent L, a welcome back from the pen, or something that saved their career from falling into the abyss. Here’s what I came up with… —Rondell Conway
Jay-Z “Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)”
Back from retirement in 2006, Hov almost lost one of his biggest fans with the disappointing Kingdom Come. Thankfully, the American gangster got back to business with this one.
Following the debacle that was Nastradamus, God Son’s chief rival, Jay-Z, smelt blood in the water and was coming to snatch the crown from QB’s finest. When the Brooklyn MC dropped the “Takeover,” the beef was on and Nas rose from the depths with “Ether” to resurrect his waning career.
The L.O.X. “Wild Out”
This was the only way the Yonkers trio could erase the memories of the shiny suit era. Street hop at its finest.
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