H.E.R. Shout Out Her Dad’s Taste in Music in Oscar Winning Speech

H.E.R. credits her dad’s taste in music for her Oscar win.

The 93rd Annual Academy Awards took place in Hollywood on Sunday, and though the evening veered from tradition in many ways and was a bit odd at times, there were some exciting and groundbreaking wins for artists in several categories. Judas and the Black Messiah, a film about Fred Hampton and the Black Panther Party, received several nominations and won in the categories of Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Song for H.E.R.’s “Fight for You”.

While Daniel Kaluuya gave a speech that was a bit all over the place as he dedicated his award to Fred Hampton and embarrassed his mother by mentioning her sex life, H.E.R. kept her comments to her parents entirely wholesome, crediting her father’s musical tastes for her success.

Taking the stage alongside her collaborators Dernst Emile II and Tiara Thomas, H.E.R. began by acknowledging the quality of the film. “I am so, so, so grateful, not only to win but to be a part of such an important, important story,” she said.

She went on to thank God and the Academy before adding, “And my parents, my beautiful mother who’s here with me today and my father at home. All those days of listening to Sly & the Family Stone and Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye really paid off. So, thank you, Dad.”

“Fight for You” was just one of many profound tracks found on the soundtrack for Judas and the Black Messiah. Other songs featured Nas, Jay-Z, Rakim, and the late Nipsey Hussle among many other big-name artists.

Fred Hampton is mentioned many times throughout the musical body of work, further assisting in the film’s goal of keeping the revolutionary’s legacy alive. “Fight for You” is a soulful track perfectly suited for H.E.R.’s style, which was clearly influenced by some of founders of soul itself.

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Nas and Hit-Boy Previews Upcoming “E.P.M.D.” Collaboration, Sounds Like A Banger

Nas and Hit-Boy’s upcoming collaboration, “E.P.M.D.”, sounds like it will be a banger

Following their highly celebrated work King’s Disease last year, 2020, Nas and Hit-Boy are looking to reunite forces once again. The pair were positively celebrated following their offering last year, and many fans called for more collaborations. Even so, many figured it would just be a one-album collaboration.

While it’s not a full album, the dynamic duo has teamed up to drop some new music for the upcoming soundtrack for Judas And The Black Messiah. The project has also attracted other big names in the game like Jay-Z, Black Thought, Nipsey Hussle, Rapsody, and some more.

The latest rumors swirling around suggest that Jay-Z was actively waiting on Nas’ release dates since he is also set to make a return on the same Black Messiah soundtrack. Still, it looks like many fans have been paying a bit more attention to what Nas and Hit-Boy have to offer. The latter gave a taste of what was in store for the track, and it sounds like a banger. Hit-Boy posted a snippet of the track “EPMD.” He captioned the post, “While you talkin’ on clubhouse the guns out new Nas x Hit E.P.M.D this Friday.”

“EPMD we back in business,” Nas opens, before adding a bar typical of his style, “I visualize what it is, not what it isn’t / we at the mafia table next to the kitchen, eating Michelin star counting a million. Hood theories, on a Rothstein rigged the world series / Gotti ran every union in the city / N-a-s do it B-i-g like Biggie.”

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Fans were immediately appreciative of the effort. “Crazy ! You two can’t be stopped,” one fan said, “it hit diff when the OGs take input from the lil homies. Keep going crazy HB . Wow,” and another fan commented, and this one added, “Uh Oh! More heat on the way.”