BET Hip Hop Awards 2012: Cyphers (Video)

blame it on Illy October 9, 2012

West Coast Cypher (Xzibit, YG, Kurupt, E-40, DJ Quik, Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg)

The complete showing of the most-anticipated aspect of the BET Hip Hop Awards. Check the West Coast Cypher above, the Grand Hustle Cypher here, and the rest (including Kendrick Lamar, Talib Kweli, ScHoolboy Q, Mac Miller, Jean Grae, Ab-Soul, Hopsin, Joey Badda$$, Chidish Gambino, A$AP Rocky and more) after the jump.

Mac Miller, Mystikal, ScHoolboy Q, Hopsin and Sprite Hot 16 Winner Jay Bird the Purdi Boi

Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Ab-Soul and Sarkodie

The Man With the Iron Fists Cypher (RZA, angel haze, Joey Bada$$, Driicky Graham, Childish Gambino and A$AP Rocky)

Ruff Ryders Cypher (DMX, Eve, Cassidy & Murda Mook)

  • when the downloads coming ?

  • Dashboard

    I never knew Donald glover and childish gambino was the same person a comedian slash rapper that’s a first

  • dev

    meh shit was boring and shouldve changed the beat up or something. only one with replay value was Trae

  • betcha

    Talib killed it!!!

  • Brap Brap

    “No one in this cyph has swag like I do”

  • Gambino killed it.

  • Juicy-G

    AB SOUL KILLED IT!!! HONESTLY, that’s the only person I was looking forward to. Dope shit.

  • you


    Have you been living under a rock?

  • Basser

    kinda disappointed in these..


    ….. Im Frank Ocean at a chick-felet, Ill never get served! Funny shit!

  • mike

    wat about the cassidy and dmx cypher

  • tsmith

    haha they dont let the youngins sit at the table in the west coast one

  • XXX

    Gambino >>>>> anyone else in the cyhpher

  • shouts to this dumb nigga @dev for saying Trae was the only one with replay value hahahahahahhahahahahah

  • viewtiful_alan

    A$AP spat the worst verse by far. Dude is beyond medicore.

  • Austin

    Anyone see A$AP’s face after Childish finished. He gave a face as if he was saying,”That was corny.” 3:49


    YAWN, thoes cyphers made me sleepy

  • JXN

    Ab-Soul, Gambino, Kendrick, Hopsin, Sarkodie, and, as much as I hate to admit it, Mac Miller, all had great verses!

  • bxbxb

    All autoplay? Why though?

  • SMF

    right what happened to the ruff ryders cypher??

  • jerm781

    Gambino a beast!!!

  • SMF

    ah, yes, right on time

  • Chomp

    @Austin i seen that lolol rocky mad he had the best verse

  • bigErn

    when xzibit dissed frank ocean for being gay the little respect I had for him was completely lost

  • you


  • Misterpoliteness

    FUCKING UNDERWHELMING!!. Yawn. Cassidy, Childish Gambino, and Talib were the only ones that stuck out and none of them could even hold a torch to the Shady Cypher last year. I hate rap more and more , it’s really dying.

  • moo

    i was just lookin at eve’s sexy legs

  • koke

    @bigErn that was Talib Kweli

  • xyz123

    Who the fuck are Angel Haze and Dricky Graham?? They were both wack as hell, and I’ve never heard of them. Lol

  • hippaToDaHoppa

    @bigErn … and that wasn’t a diss…

  • T9FTW

    Soulo, Ho! And for the longest, I wanted a Angel Haze/Gambino track, then she gon post a pic of them on Facebook. -_-

  • *The Man With the Iron Fists Cypher*
    Ayo… let’s be honest Driicky Graham surprised the hell out of ya’ll niggas… just like me. I’m not saying he spit fire but I will say I expected trash. But Joey won that cypher. Childish takes second.

    *Ruff Ryders Cypher*
    DMX conquered… especially when he started sniffing the air hahah.

    *Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Ab-Soul and Sarkodie*
    They were all decent, I was proud (and honestly a bit surprised) Ab-Soul held his own actually.

    *Mac Miller, Mystikal, ScHoolboy Q, Hopsin and Sprite Hot 16 Winner Jay Bird the Purdi Boi*
    Mac Miller was cool. Mystikal won this one. WHAT THE FUCK was Schoolboy Q doing!? Nigga was sleeping while reciting his shit honestly. Put some heart into it cause I know he can go harder. Jay Bird and Hopsin held their own.

    *West Coast Cypher (Xzibit, YG, Kurupt, E-40, DJ Quik, Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg)*
    See what I loved about this cypher is technically no one dominated. They were all so unique that really you can’t say one was better than the other. Great balance of old vs. new as well. Shit… even YG held his own.

  • Kid cassette

    Man dat nigga jaybird had the wackest vers ever

  • marquis

    (dopest in order)
    iron fist cypher: childish, a$ap, joey, driicky, angel haze
    ruff ryders cypher: dmx, cassidy, eve, mook
    3rd cypher: talib, ab-soul, jean grae, sarkodie
    4th cypher: hopsin, mac miller, schoolboy q, jaybird, mystikal
    west coast cypher: kurupt, xzibit, kendrick lamar, e-40, dj quik, snoop dogg, yg)

  • Keebo

    Yo why do these BET videos just start fuckin playin without me starting it?? Shits annoying af gettin like 5 videos goin at once BITCH I DECIDE WHEN IM GONNA PLAY THAT SHIT

  • ShadyTalez

    ScHoolboy Q on those StruggleBars

  • Troubled Man

    Why ain’t the Grand Hustle up?

  • how did xzibit diss frank ocean!?

  • ThaHustla

    How do some many people sleep on Cassidy… dudes got punchlines for days

  • you

    Why y’all saying ScHoolboy didn’t rip it? Kidding yourselves with that one.

  • DayO

    i was gonna comment on the verses…
    then i saw @bigErn’s comment

    i refuse to add my opinion and be included with that foolery.

    getcha rapper right foo


  • SmokinAces

    Cassidy, Kweli, Ab Soul, Gambino, and the dude Driiky had the best verses. B.O.B and T.I.P, Kendrick and Jean were cool.

  • SmokinAces

    And I liked Mac Miller as well. Thought he did his thing. And Hopsin surprised me a little.

  • Misfit

    check out my favorites from the cypher. see if you agree.

  • Cloud 9

    @ThaHustla because all he has is punch lines gets annoying after a while. every other line he has in his song is a “Like” or “as” im not denying hes good im just saying his flow will never change he just keeps riding on them punch lines

  • DJ Daz-One

    Talib Kweli & Kendrick Lamar gave it justice tonight.

  • Jules

    Big up to Rocky for the Affirmative Action/Cormega nod in the beginning of his verse. Joey was dope, I think I’ve heard that verse before though. Angel was meh. Everyone in the WestCoast cypher held their own, big up to Quik! Wtf was up with Ruff Ryders? Murda Mook, really? I’ma shout out Cassidy though. Jaybird need to button up. I liked Mac though, shout out to Lord Finesse ha! Femcee is not a word! Jeanie!

  • ToneTheBone925

    E-40 Killed it!! The Whole West Coast Cypher (Minus YG), Ab-Soul,Hopsin, SchoolBoyQ, Mystikal!!!, DMX, Cassidy, Mook

  • Shake we need those dl links for these dude!

  • pop

    currency was wack as fuck! couldnt bare to even watch.

  • Vega

    fuck the bull shit! Gambino had the best verse then Badass, Talib, Kendrick, E-40, Ab-Soul

  • jayjo

    Upset that joey just done his verse from suspect. Where’s that fresh shit?
    Cassidy killed ruff ryders cyph.

  • smarty mcsly


    No. Xzibit dissed him on Twitter. All it takes is a simple google search to look that up.

  • you


    Curren$y wasn’t in any of these ciphers, what you talking about? You mean Cassidy?

  • realtalk

    Curren$y was wack? He wasn’t even in this shit..

    Very mediocre cyphers this year.. whether you hate him or love him, Mac Miller was def top 5 among everyone in this..

  • brian

    joey bada$$, cassidy, talib, kendrick, and e-40 were the only ones worth listening to

  • fuck what you think

    Mac Miller was mediocre as fuck in this. I don’t remember a single thing about his verse. And Jean Grae disappointed me.

    West Coast cypher was ill though. X to the Z, Kurupt, E-40 and Kendrick ripped it.
    Also liked DMX, Talib, Ab-Soul, Mystikal, ‘Bino, ScHoolboy.

  • marty mcfly

    Illest MCs in the cyphers: Jay Bird the Purdi Boi, Murda Mook and Angel Haze

  • YoungCobsby

    Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Childish Gambino, Talib, Jean Grae, Mac Miller, and Kendrick Lamar. That’s it.

  • i’mwithyourGFeatingchips

    soul kendrick and CG

  • hippaToDaHoppa

    @smarty mcsly

    the comment was made on this page. why whould it be taken in any other cntext?

  • hippaToDaHoppa

    Talib, Gambino, K.Dot, E-40, Xzibit, Bada$$ & Mystikal (semi-disrespectful to put him in with those youngins, not that they were all bad or anything…) were the best…

  • QBN

    West Coast cypher was dope… I love that Snoop and Kurupt were actually in “off the head” rhyming. Freestyling is a lost art…

  • BMS

    mp3 links?

  • Rio$

    the dmx cypher was better than his whole new album…or mixtape…or whatever the fuck it was supposed to be..also c’mon with the “i;ll murder you” references every song, every cypher , every year…

  • Roger

    jesus. these cyphers are terrible. Ab-Soul disappointed. Kendrick disappointed. Schoolboy disappointed, CASSIDY DISAPPOINTED. Honestly Gambino had the best verse.

  • X went in…suprisingly

  • Nolan

    damn DMX needed a fake mic so he could rap. bet he didn’t know how to do it without

  • fuck


    tde cypher. thats all that was needed, n throw in bino n bada$$

  • lulz

    Wait, people are still butthurt and actually took Xzibit’s tweet as a Frankie diss? The guy just hashtagged pause..

  • Dumpology

    Joey Bada$$ killed it. Kendrick, Ab-Soul, Hopsin and Kweli stood out too. That Jaybird dude wasn’t good they shoulda picked someone else.

  • Triple OG


    He on BET and he got white people problems
    Like… Whole foods doesn’t have the juice I like so I have to go to, you know… Trader Joe’s
    And have it shipped to me
    Victory, History
    More G than a kid’s movie

  • nana poku

    sarkodie killed it