The Hip-Hop Awards aired tonight, and they were, as expected, underwhelming. The show only presented five awards, and had a few performances along the way (among which included Jeezy/T.I., Lupe/Erykah Badu, Wiz Kalifa), which were uninspiring for the most part. BET is beginning to figure out that year after year the only real thing to look forward to on the HHAs are the cyphers, and this year didn’t disappoint. BET stepped it up and had some big names get in on the action, including Rick Ross, Wale, Ludacris, and Busta Rhymes, but the best by far was Eminem.
The 6 SCHEDULED Cyphers are listed below, but only the last four of these and more unlisted one made air.
Cypher 1: XV, Chris Sutton, Gilbere Forte, Jay Rock
Cypher 2: Rico Staxx, Wais P, French Montana
Cypher 3: Estelle, Lacrae, Saprano, Nitty Scott
Cypher 4: Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill, Pill
Cypher 5: B.o.B, Kendrick Lamar, Machine Gun Kelly, Tech N9ne, Big K.R.I.T.
Cypher 6: Lady of Rage, Dom Kennedy, Skillz, Blind Fury
Unlisted: Joe Budden, Joel Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9, Yellawolf, Eminem
If I had to rank Cyphers overall, I say: Unlisted, 5, 4, 3, 6, but the 5 best individuals of the night?
Eminem, Wolf (freestyled his verse), Lecrae, B.o.B. and Blind Fury.
Expect posts with videos to be up later tonight