Biv & DeVoe Host A BET Cypher With Some New Editions Of Their Empire (Video)
The members of New Edition have been entertaining audiences for nearly 35 years, and they show no signs of slowing down. The group consisting of Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe and, at times Bobby Brown and Johnny Gill has experienced a resurgence in 2016, in anticipation of new music coming from Bell Biv Devoe and a three-part mini-series biopic about the entire group, both debuting in January. The biopic will air on BET, so it was fitting that members of the group be part of the network’s 2016 Hip Hop Awards, particularly given that Biv and DeVoe routinely rapped in their songs, both as New Edition and Bell Biv Devoe.
The two men hosted one of the show’s vaunted cyphers, and they included two new additions to the N.E. family, by way of the mini-series. Bryshere Gray (aka Yazz The Greatest) and Bre-Z star in the biopic as Bivins and Ricky Bell’s sister, respectively. Fans of the show Empire will immediately recognize the two as the actors who portray Hakeem Lyon and Freda Gatz on the popular FOX series. The two kick things off with highly respectable rhymes, with Mike and Ronnie closing things.
The BET Hip Hop Awards aired tonight, after being taped in September in Atlanta, GA. The show honored Snoop Dogg as the recipient of the “I Am Hip-Hop Icon Award,” which was presented to him by Kendrick Lamar, and included performances by Gucci Mane, Travis $cott, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Young M.A., Quavo and more. Big K.R.I.T. also performed a moving a cappella verse addressing police violence against unarmed Black civilians.
Other Cyphers this year included verses from State Property, Chris Rivers, Your Old Droog, Consequence, Nick Grant, Kevin Hart, Lil Wayne and more. Perhaps the most powerful performance of the night, however, came by way of a live cypher, lead by Dead Prez. While that cypher was addressed many of the issues that have weighed heavily on the national consciousness over the last few years, the New Edition cypher provided balance with some good, old-fashioned fun.