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Eminem Was A Political Rapper Years Before The BET Cypher. Here’s The Proof (Video)

Tuesday night (October 10), Eminem spit what already appears to be the most talked about freestyle verse of all-time. At Detroit's First Street Parking with Shady Records artists and friends looking on (some would later get their turn to rap), Marshall Mathers went off the rails on an a capella... Read more

Eminem Destroys Donald Trump For 5 Minutes In A Devastating BET Cypher (Video)

Beginning in 2009, the MC cypher has taken center stage at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Exciting groupings of rappers, often tied by region and label affiliation or simply raw talent, freestyle on one of the mainstream Rap world's biggest platforms. Eminem is a cornerstone of the Hip Hop Awards... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. Takes The Hip Hop Awards Stage In A Police Uniform & Uses Deadly Force (Video)

Last month, Big K.R.I.T. unleashed one of the most powerful verses of his career on a song that was not even his own. Joining artist Kenneth Whalum on a remix to his moving "Might Not Be OK," K.R.I.T. raps about the killings by police of unarmed Black civilians that have... Read more

Redman, Keith Murray & Erick Sermon Have a Hip Hop Awards Cypher

The BET Hip Hop Awards are taking place tonight (10/9) in Atlanta, and will air on Tuesday, October 13 at 8pm. This year's event is once again being hosted by Uncle Snoop Dogg, and Scarface will be presented the "I Am Hip Hop" Award, honoring his 25-year legacy. As always,... Read more

Brandy, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo & Queen Latifah Perform I Wanna Be Down Remix (Video)

Nearly 20 years after the release of one of Hip-Hop's finest remixes, Brandy, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and Queen Latifah reunited at the BET Hip Hop Awards for a sizzling performance of "I Wanna Be Down." You could feel the excitement in the building mounting as each MC took the visually... Read more

The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominees Announced

The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards will air Tuesday, October 14 at 8pm EST. Leading up to the annual affair, the network has announced its categories and nominees. Hip-Hop elite, including Drake (leading all nominees), Kanye West, Eminem, and Jay Z are prominently nominated, while stars of the last year including... Read more

Here are the Official Winners of the 2013 Hip Hop Awards and Highlights from the Show (Video)

Last night's BET Hip Hop Awards honored MC Lyte with the I Am Hip Hop lifetime achievement award and featured performances from Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar & Jay Rock, as well as a back in the day medley from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. You can watch Lyte's acceptance speech, view those performances... Read more

Did Slaughterhouse Have the Best Overall Cypher? (Video)

Kendrick Lamar’s Cypher verse has gotten the most attention (so far) but which group had the best overall Cypher? We polled Heads and the vote was resoundingly in favor of the SH crew. If you go back and really study their verses, dudes had BARS…for days…ALL of them. Check out... Read more

Kendrick Lamar’s 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher Sneak Preview (Video)

There was a lot of chatter over the weekend from ATL re: Kendrick Lamar's Hip Hop Awards Cypher. Here's the first look at what's to come. K. Dot goes STRAIGHT AT his critics post-Control and let's all haters know he's untouchable...all over the track for Shook One's Pt. 2. Get... Read more

Astro Speaks on His New Mixtape and Drops a Verse (Video)

Think you know the Astronomical Kid from X Factor? Think again...The "kid" has grown up and what has emerged is Astro, a supremely talented lyricist and MC. We sat down with Astro in his hometown of Brooklyn to discuss his mixtape Starvin' Like Marvin for a Cool J Song and... Read more

The Making of the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards West Coast Cypher (Video)

The West Coast Cypher featuring Snoop, Kendrick Lamar, E-40, Kurupt, YG, Xzibit and DJ Quik was definitely one of the best of the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Here's a behind the scenes look at the making of the cypher, that includes interviews with Snoop, E-40, Quik and DJ Premier. Check... Read more

Chris Lighty Tribute (Video)

If there were any questions about the impact Chris Lighty had on hip-hop and music, generally, last night's stirring tribute to him at the Hip-Hop Awards answered them. The late mogul was celebrated by performances from some of his biggest clients including Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, Fat Joe, Missy Elliott... Read more

Check out all of the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cyphers featuring DJ Quik, DMX, Mystikal, Eve, Childish Gambino, Ab-Soul, Xzibit, Kendrick Lamar and more below (Video)

There were some strong verses from OGs and young guns in this year’s Cyphers. Below are all the Cyphers, including verses from DMX, Eve, Jean Grae, Ab-Soul, Talib Kweli, Childish Gambino, Driicky Graham, Schoolboy Q, Mystikal, Snoop, DJ Quik, E-40, Kurupt, Xzibit and Kendrick Lamar, starting with the West Coast... Read more

Behind the Scenes with DJ Quik at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards Cyphers (Video)

DJ Quik talks about the origins of Cyphers, the difference between MCs and rappers and more behind the scenes at the BET Hip Hop Awards West Coast Cypher. Check out the video. Related: Sneak peek of the West Coast and Ruff Ryders Cyphers (Video)... Read more

The Warm Up Cypher Vol. 1 for the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards (Video)

As the premiere date for the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards approaches, BET releases a Warm Up Cypher featuring Tito Lopez, The Kid Daytona, Brianna Perry, Fame, K'la and Relly. Check it out and let us know who you think had the best verse. Related: Preview of West Coast Cypher... Read more

Rakim performs Juice (Know the Ledge) in Atlanta (Video)

We got to witness the legendary Rakim Allah perform his classic from the Juice soundtrack last night in Atlanta from about 5 feet away after he was honored with the I Am Hip Hop Icon Award at the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards. The God MCs still commands a stage like... Read more

2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher Previews (Video)

The 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards tape tomorrow in Atlanta and air on Tuesday, 10/9. As the show draws closer a couple of Cypher previews have surfaced. First up, is a West Coast cypher featuring Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, E-40, Kurupt, Xzibit and YG. Next is a Ruff Ryders cypher preview... Read more

Joe Budden – Why Would I

New Joe Budden. Check out Why Would I. Also, if you missed the Shady 2.0 Cypher (or just want to catch it again) click here to see Joe get it in with the rest of Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf and Eminem. play pause volume Why would i (ROUGH) Click here to download.... Read more

LL Cool J drops an incredible verse as his acceptance speech for the 2011 BET Awards I Am Hip-Hop Icon Award. It’s further proof of why he’s one of the GOATs. Check it out.

The BET Hip-Hop Awards Cyphers got a lot of attention but one of the best moments was LL Cool J's acceptance speech for his I Am Hip-Hop Icon award. It's the first acceptance speech I can ever recall being written in rhyme and it shows why he continues to be... Read more