Did Chris Rivers Have The Best Verse Of The 2016 BET Cyphers? (Video)
For many Heads, the handful of cyphers that take place during the BET Hip-Hop Awards telecast are some of the most exciting aspects of the event. This year, fans had plenty to look forward to, with State Property, Dead Prez, Biv & Devoe, and others using 2016 to showcase scorching verses that included some epic reunions and memorable bars. But it wasn’t just the vets who came prepared.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Ms. Jade brought her years of experience to a cypher which featured the up-and-coming talents of Dave East and Young M.A. Hailing from Harlem and Brooklyn, respectively, the two have already established themselves as worthy contenders for the fight for fame in Hip-Hop. With a huge co-sign from Nas’s Mass Appeal Records and a recent signing to Def Jam, Dave East brought some generational acknowledgment to his verse, mentioning Escobar but also Royce 5’9″. Jersey City, New Jersey’s Sam Black and Philly’s Kur rounded out the cypher as the freshest blood there.
Milly Z from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jaz the Rapper from Brooklyn, and John John Da Don from Yonkers, New York injected their fresh faces into a cypher that also featured Your Old Droog. The Brooklyn MC brought his A game, but took to Twitter to express his frustration with what he perceived to be a poor performance from the “idiot audio enginner” for “shifting my vocals and making me late on the beat.” Nevertheless, his lyrical style makes him a standout participant in the cypher, but it’s Chris Rivers who may be the MC who dominated.
Longtime fans of the Bronx spitter likely won’t be surprised at the dexterity he displayed in his performance, but for those who haven’t seen him perform before, this cypher may be the one to lift him out of the shadow of his late, great father Big Pun.
Yet another cypher featured Consequence, Jidenna, Rain910 and others.