A stark contrast to its summer-based relative, the BET Awards, the BET Hip Hop Awards focuses primarily on rap music and culture. So, awards slated for nominees such as Yolanda Adams and Serena Williams have been replaced with nominations for Best DJ, Hustler Of The Year and the Made-You-Look Award (for most fashionable, because of course).
As such, the most anticipated part of the showcase have always been the hip hop cyphers, which has the likes of the A$AP Mob (in 2013), TDE (in 2013) and even the cast of Hamilton (in 2015) as alumni.
The 2016 cypher features a broad range of participants, with Lil Wayne joining Kevin Hart (as Chocolate Droppa) and a reunited State Property among the many highlights. Head down below for all of the sessions.
• Digital Only Cypher with Levi Carter, Don Flamingo, District 21, Token, Mr. Paradise & DJ Premier
• State Property: Peedi Crakk, Freeway, Beanie Sigel, Sparks & Neef (with DJ Premier)
• Kent Jones, Nick Grant, A-Boogie, Russ, & Don Q (with DJ Premier)
• Dave East, Young M.A, Kur, Sam Black & Ms. Jade
• Live Cypher with Locksmith, Oswin Benjamin & dead prez
• New Edition Cypher
• Jidenna, Consequence, Rain, 3D Na-Tee & Aaron Crooks
• Lil Wayne & Kevin Hart (as Chocolate Droppa)