The BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012 cypher video featuring West Coast rap stars Snoop Dogg (aka “Snoop Lion”), Kendrick Lamar, and Xzibit, among others, may have stolen the recent awards show freestyle sessions. However, there’s some serious competition from several other segments shown on the night.
Other Hip-Hop cyphers from the latest installment of BET’s awards show included the Ruff Ryders, a “Man With the Iron Fists” session with RZA DJing, and another with T.I., B.o.B, and Grand Hustle all freestyling. However, there’s a standout performance that arrives via the West Coast, thanks to strong verses from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, and newcomer Kendrick Lamar.
Also joining the West Coast crew are E40, DJ Quik, Kurupt, and YG, as the rappers all sit or stand around a table featuring a high stakes dominos game. The West Coast Cypher video features an addition to the beat which is made by Quick slapping the table and hitting his ring down to add some more kick. Lasting over 5:30 in length, it’s clear that most of the rappers hold their weight up, with Kurupt probably getting the lowest score on the rounds. Then again, it’s tough to follow a top-notch verse from longtime rap star Xzibit, who still has it despite his movie appearances and “Pimp My Ride” hosting gigs.
Kendrick Lamar also proves why he’s one of the best rising stars in the game today, delivering a fast paced and hard-hitting verse which finishes with talk of how “Snoop passed the torch to burn other rappers with.” E40 and Snoop show why they’re all-time legends from the West as well, with Snoop Lion saved for the last freestyle of the session as the beat changes up just enough to emphasize the rap star from Long Beach during his delivery.
Overall, this may rank as the top hip-hop cypher of the BET awards show. If one were to add some other West Coast stars, then Game, Too Short, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube would be surefire additions for most hip hop fans. However, it’s clear that not everyone can be pleased. Still this cypher surely stole the show compared to the several others with honorable mention going to the likes of Talib Kweli and Childish Gambino for standout verses during their sessions.
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