As per every year, the only thing we check the BET Awards for is these excellent ciphers, and this year is no different.
The 2012 edition brings you some utterly superb lineups, with the clip up here being a personal highlight as it features several of my favourite upcomers-A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, Childish Gambino and Angel Haze, alongside newcomer Driicky Graham. The rest of the ciphers feature the likes of T.I., B.o.B., Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, DMX, Eve, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Kurupt, DJ Quik, Xzibit, Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Hopsin and more.
Plenty of promise, click on below to check out all of the ciphers. Who do you reckon had the standout performance? Big fan of Joey Bada$$ with the cipher up here, and my winners for the rest are below.
West coast: Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Xzibit, DJ Quik, Kurupt and E-40. Tight one, but Kendrick just edges it over Kurupt for me. Quik’s verse is likeable too.
Jean Grae, Talib Kweli, Ab-Soul and Sarkodie. Sarkodie lays waste to the opposition here, which is no mean feat given his company, though credit to Talib for a slick performance.
Mystikal, Schoolboy Q, Hopsin, Mac Miller and Jaybird The Purdi Boi. Whilst it’s fun to hear Mystikal be crazy again, Mac Miller pretty much schools everyone with his delivery here.
Grand Hustle: T.I., B.o.B, Trae tha Truth, Chipmunk and Iggy Azealea. When did Chipmunk sign to GH? No-one really stands out here, but on flow alone Trae takes this one.
Ruff Ryders: DMX, Eve, Murda Mook and Cassidy.Always nice to hear from Eve, and she probably ends up being the best of a bad bunch.