The 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards took place in Atlanta yesterday, and footage of the first cypher has surfaced which features Asia Sparks, Bad Lucc, Problem and Astro. In addition we get the full run down of the rest of the cypher lineups. Representing with their full crews TDE including new signee Isaiah Rashad, A$AP Mob and 2011 cypher standouts Slaughterhouse will each be bringing their best bars to the table. Along with them Action Bronson, Travi$ Scott, Lil Kim, Rapsody and Jon Connor also take turns on the mic. BET will even inject a bit of comedy or potential ear torture with a "lyrical showdown" between the Real Husbands of Hollywood stars, lead by Kevin Hart, aka Chocolate Drop.
Cypher 1 – Wax, Rapsody, Emis Killa, Rittz, Jon Connor
Cypher 2 – A$AP Mob: A$AP Ferg, A$AP Twelvy, A$AP Nast, A$AP Ant & A$AP Rocky
Cypher 3 – Action Bronson, Star Life Breezy (Sprite Contest Winner), Travi$ Scott, Tifanny Foxx & Lil Kim
Cypher 4 – Slaughterhouse: Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, Royce Da 5’9″ & Joe Budden
Cypher 5 – TDE: ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad & Kendrick Lamar
Cypher 6 – Real Husbands of Holywood: Chocolate Drop (aka Kevin Hart), Nick Cannon, Nelly, Boris Kodjoe, Dwayne Martin & JB Smooth
Cypher 7– Asia Sparks, Bad Lucc, Problem & Astro *Click to View*
The cypher has always a pivotal part of the Hip Hop culture. Eliminate the label politics and industry gimmicks for a few moments to allow MCs to truly show and prove why they should be taken seriously skill wise or exactly why they're only commercially viable. Rumor has it that TDE's Kendrick Lamer intends to pick right up from where his "Control" verse ended. With many people including the current man of the hour Drake now referring to K-Dot's call to action as a mere blip on the radar it will be interesting to see how specific a reply may come towards certain artist.
The show airs Tuesday, October 15 at 8 p.m. EST on BET.