BET Awards: The Cypher 2012

RnB/Hip Hop | Thursday 11th October 2012 | Tiffany

Dubbed the most exciting part of the BET Awards, read our review of The Cypher below...

The 9th October 2012 saw yet another instalment of the annual BET awards in Atlanta.  As with every year, the BET awards brought the much anticipated Cypher to our screens.  To those of you who aren’t in the know about The Cypher, The Guestlist Network has decided to re-cap for you just so you get to know.  Trust us.  It’s exciting...

The Cypher at the BET awards annually feature some of the hottest rap talent, both established and emerging.  This year’s line-up hosted an array of Rap Royals and Musical Monarchs, such as Snoop Lion (ahem, that’s Snoop Dogg), E-40, Eve and DMX.  Newcomers included the likes of A$AP Rocky, Angel Haze, Kendick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and even a few rap Rugrats, the youngest being Lil Waah at the tender age of ten years old. The Cypher this year even featured London’s very own Chip, and Australia’s Iggy Azalea.     

There were 9 Cypher Groups, ranging from 4-7 MC’s in each.  Each Cypher group had a leader, and with each group trying their best to impress, spitting some of their best lines in slick freestyles lasting an average of 5minutes in total.  On the decks was DJ Premier, blasting out a cool beat and scratching the decks to mark the end of one freestyle and the beginning of another.  The most anticipated of the nine groups were the Iron Fist Cypher (A$AP Rocky, Angel Haze, Childish Gambino, Joey Bada$$, Driicky Graham), the Ruff Ryders Cypher (DMX, Eve, Cassidy, Murda Mook) and the Grand Hustle Cypher (Trae Tha’ Truth, Iggy Azalea, T.I., B.O.B.).  However, it’s safe to say that the West Coast Cypher (Snoop, E-40, Kendrick Lamar, Xzibit, YG, Kurupt, DJ Quik) absolutely killed it, and many spectators took to Twitter to praise E-40s bars and proclaim him this year’s King.  Others were quick to support Kendrick Lamar, who backed it up by winning the ‘Lyricist of the Year’ award at this year’s ceremony.  Here at the Guestlist Network, we were incredibly impressed with Childish Gambino, who not only showed us that he could rap freestyle, but he could still make us laugh whilst doing so, cleaning up with our favourite lines: “I got the black AMEX gotta to pull the race card” and “the game is f***ed up like my hairline”.

Check out The Cypher website here, to catch up on all of The Cypher videos, the full line-up and much more:

Or you can watch this vid below of the West Coast Cypher:

by Tiffany Wilson