The general consensus is this was a cypher show and an awards show too. Much love to all those who rocked the freestyle. It was the highlight of the night and so now the question begs, "When is BET going to promote real hip hop?"
Here are some highlights of the evening.
The show opened with Jeezy coming back on the scene and his introduction of T.I. back on the scene.
Everyone loves a comeback and to hear the growl and bark of Ruff Rider DMX, put everyone on their feet and hands in the air.
The Warm Up Cypher Vol. 1
BET.com Exclusive: It’s time to set it off! With the legendary DJ Premier manning the beats, fresh-faced MCs Gilbere Forte, Chris Sutton (Sprite’s Hot 16 Winner), XV and Jay Rock try to out-rap each other. (Season 2011)
The Warm Up Cypher, Vol. 2
BET.com Exclusive: Premo, turn that track up! On this online exclusive session, street poets Rico Staxx, Wais P, Termanology (a DJ Premier favorite), Sean Cross and French Montana drop gems. Plus, Hip Hop Awards host Mike Epps bum rushes the cypher with his hilarious lyrics. (Season 2011)
Indie Meets Mainstream Cypher
Cypher: Come correct or don’t come at all! Big K.R.I.T. “stays humble,” Tech N9ne puts a chill in your spine, Machine Gun Kelly invokes the ghost of Kurt Cobain, Kendrick Lamar lives on Planet Rock and B.o.B. eats haters for breakfast.
Uncut Cypher—Busta Rhymes, Ludacris & More
Cypher: Follow the leader! Former LONS member Busta Rhymes is bloodthirsty, Reek da Villain goes “H.A.M.,” 2 Chainz gets his Bobby Brown on and Ludacris drops his Transformers flow.
Survival of the Illest Cypher
Cypher: Mr. Rap Up steals the show! Lady of Rage goes bananas, Blind Fury stays on heavy rotation in BET, Dom Kennedy showcases his indie style and Skillz proclaims himself the “Best Cypher Destroyer.”
Maybach Music Group Cypher
Cypher: Rick Ross, draped in a satin shirt, presents his eclectic crew of spitkickers comprised of Wale, Pill, Stalley and Meek Mill. Check out who comes out on top and is inching closer to be the Boss.
International Flow Cypher
Cypher: Hip Hop is on an award tour with France’s Soprano and Houston’s Lecrae. The lovely Nitty Scott, MC and R&B songbird Estelle add their feminine touch to the session.
Chris Brown & Friends Cypher
Cypher: Coming off his “Look At Me Now” momentum Chris Brown continues to blaze the mic and attack all gossipmongers. Also, Ace Hood feels like a young Michael Corleone, Kevin McCall blows up and Tyga drops a royal flush.
Shady 2.0 Cypher
Cypher: Yelawolf + Slaughterhouse + Shady = Boom! Yela speed raps, Joe Budden sabotages the throne, Crooked I mean mugs his way through his set, Joell Ortiz gets on through affirmative action, Royce Da 5’9” hollas at Rihanna and Eminem, well, is Eminen. Fiyah!