Oldie but a goodie - BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher 2009

Some dope freestyle footage

I was watching the BET Hip-Hop Awards a few days ago, and just came across the cypher footage. I still think it's some pretty dope footage. Eminem, Mos Def, Black Thought, Joe Budden, and Krs-One's freestyle were definitely the standouts, though. Eminem having just an incredible rocket flow, delivery, complex and double rhymes...really a word smith. Mos Def - really rhythmic, deep lyrics, and a good message about his area *Brooklyn, NYC*. Black Thought - really great at riding the track  *always a dope/deep lyricist*, Joe Budden *hard/clever/gritty type flow*, and of course Krs-One - he stays dropping jewels *knowledge* and is the teacher for a reason. His name says it all *Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone*. I thought Wale's set was a'ight.  He was a little to chill on his set, but I feel he's a pretty dope up and coming emcee in the mainstream rap world. He's definitely been doing his thing in the DMV *D.C., Maryland, and Virginia* area since around 2004-2005. I can definitely appreciate him coming on seeing as he's from my area, and he's dope *having not only rhymes and good beats but substance/emotion*. A lot of people are still sleeping on him, but if people give him the chance - they'll realize he's a diamond in the rough. I thought Nicki Minaj's rhyme was pretty cool, too. Kind of a different flavor - I'm interested to see how she plays out when she drops her album this year on the Young Money label. Nipsey Hussle kinda reminds me of a young Snoop. I like the West Coast style of rhyming - real laid back, smooth flow. Gsan - never heard of this emcee but the stuff he dropped was pretty deep. A lot of hidden messages and topics on real social, economical activity. I definitely appreciate the fact that he comes from Tanzania - it's always good to know that Hip-Hop branches out worldly and to hear another's view other than your own dwelling. Crown Royal - I haven't heard of this cat but I dig his style and I will have to look at more of his work. I definitely can't forget Buckshot - this guy is a legend in the underground world. No other words than just peep the footage for yourself, and enjoy!

Mos Def, Black Thought, Eminem

Relapse and other albums

Wale, Nipsey Hussle, Gsan, Krs-One

Attention Deficit

Nicki Minaj, Buckshot, Crown Royal, Joe Budden

Young Money album

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