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The cyphers have become an integral a part of the BET Hip Hop Awards. Fans tune in to see how their favorite rapper compares to his or her peers.
This year should be no different as BET has assembled a nice list of spittas for the show.
Slaughterhouse, Eminem, Skillz, Nitty Scott MC, Estelle, Meek Mill, Wale, Officer Ricky, Ludacris, Blind Fury, Kevin McCall, Chris Brown, Lady of Rage, Busta Rhymes, B.o.B., Yelawolf, Tech N9ne, Kendrick Lamar, Machine Gun Kelly and more will step up to the mic to see if they have what it takes to stand out amongst their peers.
As always, DJ Premier will man the turntables.
The show airs Tuesday October 11 8P/7C.
Check out previews of the cyphers below. Who are you most looking forward to seeing this year?
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Skillz is veteran battle rapper who is used to being in being around and hearing other gifted MC’s. What he witnessed while participating in the taping of the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awardscyphers has the Virginia rapper wondering where all the talent went.
Skillz told AllHipHop that he can’t believe some of the rappers that he heard are actually popular.
“I never thought it was possible to lose that much respect for that many rappers in one day. These are the cats that are supposed to be hot?” Skillz asked. “None of them came there prepared. Well, I can’t say none of them, but a lot of them didn’t! Watching some of that sh*t was sad. I watched two particular rappers who are all over the blogs, mixtapes, radio, and magazines stop and start their verses over 64 times!! 64!! I stood there and counted, yo! Between the two of them, they started over 64 times!! We talking 16 bars, yo! And I don’t mean they messed up at the 14th bar and started over. You f*cked up at bar three! I mean, damn, did you write the verse??? Watching that sh*t was sad, ‘cuz let the web tell it, you’re the new hot kid on the block. But, what I saw didn’t represent that at all. I don’t know. I expected more, I guess. Like, know your verse. Come prepared. I felt bad for DJ Premier. He had to sit there through that and remain professional,”
While he didn’t go as far as naming names, the awards show airs Tuesday October 11. So we won’t have long to wait before we can decide for ourselves which big name rappers aren’t as good as maybe we thought they were.