Q-Tip Calls On Fans To Help Get Video Played On BET

His new song is called “Gettin’ Up” and fittingly Q-Tip is calling on his fans to do just that. And take a stand while they’re at it.

The A Tribe Called Quest front man took to his MySpace blog and asked that his fans help him work toward getting his video aired on BET’s 106 & Park.

“[BET] kinda played me,” the rapper wrote.

Tip explains how he tried to have his video listed to be voted on by 106 & Park, however the clip was never placed among the poll. He cites the network telling him the video was “different.” Although Tip makes it clear he’s not slighting the network, he is asking for his fans to support his having taken a chance.

“I have been doing my music for a long time and I want to continue,” he wrote. “But when you are a real artist and you take chances, which my whole career is based on, you have to force your way through to be effective sometimes. BET feels my video is “different” meaning it doesn’t fit. I want to change that. My video “Gettin’ Up” was posted four days ago and is already over 100,000 views thanks to you! Now let’s take this to the mainstream. A win for me is a win for Lupe, Mos Def, D’Angelo, The Roots, the Cool Kids, Pacific Division, J-Dilla, etc. If BET is forced to play it when it’s time for other artists of our nature to [get] play it will be easier.”—Anthony Thomas

  • cliff

    blame that on ol uncle tom johnson for selling bet to viacom. instead of having a network for the brotha man, now we just got these music videos sambo’ing for the otha man. q tip is one of the dopest mc’s of all time. f bet anywayz. bet got rid of teen summit. the only show that had any sort of substance. now they got rid of rap city. bet is officialy dead.

  • http://xxl.co.uk SCRAPZ

    ill move on dat

  • http://www.morrisleonpoolejr.com Brickyard Pro

    its like this
    bet been at viacom just like vh1,and all the mtv’s they are the same except for music choice they play everything that yahoo music gets

  • http://XXL TheGodJustice

    BET does have a voting poll on their website right?? If so, and they have his video still there, I’m GETTING UP!! LOL!!

  • JP

    “And you really don’t know shit, if you think its the fans pickin the videos at 106!” – Joe Budden
    ha but nah much love to Q-tip..but ever since BET said they wouldn’t play Little Brother cause they were too intelligent we should’ve known they were fallin off

  • ri067953

    Funny thing is, as I read this article, they are playing the Q-tip video on MTV U. It doesn’t really get play on MTV Jams or BET but is in constant rotation on MTV U. I am guessing that Viacom views his music as alternative and not fit for BET or Jams. They would rather show TI and his boys showing their ass every hour, instead of some half way decent music.

  • mr.martin

    what’s so different a about it. he just rappin with girls in the background. damn i hate bet!!!!!!!!
    hopefully master p’s network is better (we’ll see)
    an artist of his caliber having to fight to get his video played when the song is bangin and the video is now lewd or vulgar (a la tip drill) shows bet should just be shut off

  • Neven

    I don’t even care what BET plays cause I don’t watch it and the fact that Q can’t even get played is One of the main reasons why I and most people don’t Q-tip is an Icon in my mind and that is a lot higher than another of these cats will get

  • dolo

    VH1Soul plays the hell outta that joint .. but that song really is for vh1soul demographic. i dont watch BET as im sure many of qtip’s fans don’t either.. ITs a dope song tho and it should be given a chance

  • balaramesh

    @ cliff, you were perfect.

    it’s bad when bet would rather show stereotypical images to the youth rather than real artistic videos. nevertheless, BET, is going down the drain.

    * flushes toilet

  • KQ

    They did the same shit with the video to “Rock Co Kane Flow” by De La Soul, too.

    BET wont play shit that wasnt made for 10 year olds.

  • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

    EVERYDAY I WAKE UP MORE BULL SHIT… RAP CITY GONE… NOW THIS SHIT… FUCK THE STATE OF HIP-HOP… SHOUT OUT TO BIG LEZ AND JOE CLAIR… FUCK BET!!! PORCH MONKEY ENTERTAINMENT…

  • jojochicago

    Thats bogus and its a good video. BET always showing that same ass bullshit and thats why i don’t watch the crap no more.

  • TheRefriedMexican

    MEMO TO ALL RAPPERS: IF YOU WANT YOUR MUSIC TO SELL. IF YOU WANT YOUR VIDEOS TO BE AIRED. PUT OUT GOOD MUSIC!!! SIMPLE AS THAT. DONT BEG

  • balaramesh

    @TheRefriedMexican

    did you read the article? you think good music sells?!? please.