Last night in Atlanta a little extra curriculum social event aired, celebrating one extremely fruitful year within Hip-Hop in the form of various awards and performances. The most notable awards went to Kanye West & G.O.O.D music copping best collaboration while West himself stormed with 17 individual awards, 2 Chainz copped the Peoples Choice and Kendrick Lamar was crowned lyricist of the year. The biggest Honour got handed out to one of the golden era’s biggest legends Rakim who was handed the I Am Hip-Hop Icon by T.I.
What caught my attention the most besides a bunch of money driven fakes receiving awards they really shouldn’t of obtained (aside Kendrick, Rakim, Nas & Jay-Z) was the stupendous offering of several Sprite sponsored Cyphers featuring a whole bunch of extremely talented rappers, categorised under such things like “West Coast”, “Youngster”, “Raw”.
Take a butchers below at these incredible Cyhpers and tell me the West Coast one doesn’t reverberate all kinds of dope.
West Coast Cyhper: Xzibit, Yg, Kurupt, E-40, Dj Quik,Kendrick Lamar & Snoop Dogg
The Rza led the way for his Iron Fist Cypher tagging along with him some of the freshest and most imp-actual rappers who surfaced over 2012. Angel Haze who recently got signed to universal destroyed her bars. Two of my favourite rappers from this year both murdered verses Joey Bada$$ & A$AP Rocky, with Childish Gambino & Driicky Graham both handling their own
Ruff Ryders Cypher:
Dmx cropped an appearance on a bounce back after an addiction riddle break away from the game, his Cypher saw appearances from Ryder affiliates Mook, Cassidy and Eve who for me was the highlight from this cypher.
Grand Hustle Records stepped up a few of their members for this cypher unfortunately one of them was our uk hip-hop “legend” Chipmunk….Pffft. B.O.B and Iggy displayed quite a lot swag over this and even T.I seemed to handle himself well.
Talib Kweli, Sarkodie, Jean Grae & Ab-Soul jumped on a very hot Cypher together, im a mad fan of Ab-Souls laid black deliverance on this one & Sarkodie completely took this and run with it cross breeding some french lyricism into his verse.
My least Favourite Cypher boils down to something quite trivial but for me its a valid reason…..Mac Miller (EGG), that said Sprites hot 16 winner Jaybird the Purdi Boi stepped up with some ferocious verbals followed a battle rapped style Hopsin. Schoolboy Q sprayed with effort leaving Mystikal to bark aggressively for a short period of time, you’ll see.
By Rikki James @Jamzeeze