The BET Hip Hop Awards aired last night and one of the highlights of the show was the Cypher, where rappers got to showcase their skills in a verse within a group.
Every year during the awards, BET brings back this old school tradition simulating the origins of hip-hop and freestyling on the corner with friends.
The video of the complete Cypher went viral today and a variety of rappers from all over the world were included—the Cypher isn’t only for the popular successful rappers to showcase their raw talent but for up and coming rappers to introduce there skills to the whole world of hip-hop also.
Representing Long Island, Reek da Villain from Roosevelt was in the segment with Busta Ryhmes, who graduated from Uniondale High School. Other rappers from New York were Joell Ortiz and an up and coming female rapper, Nitty Scott from Brooklyn.
Eminem introduced a member of Shady Records, Yelawolf, and performed a nice segment with Slaughterhouse including Joe Budden, Royce da 5’ 9” and Joell Ortiz. Reek da Villain, Busta Ryhmes, and Ludacris performed with a new rapper, 2 Chains.
Rick Ross’s Maybach Music group had their segment with Wale, Meek Mill and new rappers, Pill and Stalley. B.O.B lead a segment with up and coming rappers, Machine Gun Kelley, Tech N9ne, Big Krit and Kendrick Lamar.
A very interesting segment lead by Skillz included a blind up and coming rapper that was crowned the champion on BET’s “106 and Park, Freestyle Friday” named Blind Fury from South Carolina. There was also Lady of Rage and Dom Kennedy in the same segment.
There was an interesting international segment lead by Estelle from London, Brooklyn’s own, Nitty Scott, a Christian rapper from Texas named Lacrae and Soprano a rapper from France that did his rhyme in French. Chris Brown is known for his R&B singing but he showcased his rapping skill in Cypher through a segment that included Ace Hood, Kevin McCall and Tyga.
The highlight of the BET Awards only gets better ever year and this year’s Cyhper did not disappoint.
Check it out.