B.E.T recently aired the 2011 B.E.T hip-hop Cyphers. Everyone was featured except the Africans. Now that the Africans have surfaced online, the question I want to know is, did they hold their own? Are they worthy of being aired next year at BET’s 2012 hip-hop Cypher on BET’s USA channel? Did they go hard or do they need to go home?
The females were so impressive, all of them. Blaise and Eva = HOTness. For the males, before y’all get to it, I am a self proclaimed X.O Senavoe fan and even though I felt the stronger artists in terms of delivery were actually M.I, Modenine and Saucekid, as a self-proclaimed fan of Senavoe’s work, I appreciated his very progressive local yet truly global lyrics. Note both Eminem (Slim Shady Cypher 2.0) and Senavoe parallel in taking on current global and socio-political issues in their lyrics when they both touched on the Casey Anthony case, among other things.I believe if BET aired the Nigerian cypher on its USA television channel, Senavoe’s lyrics would have peaked the curiosity of many and resonated the most. Many, especially whites, would wonder what is this African saying about Casey Anthony; while African-Americans would be curious what his Black on Black references was all about? I also thought he was smart as an artist to focus on his personal branding. The video is archived indefinitely and when people play over and over again online for years to come, his hat which had X.O inscribed on it and his t-shirt which had XO Nation on it can only further be cemented in the minds of thousands and millions to come on the You Tube page views.
Alright, enough! Who do you think emerged winner for the 2011 BET Cyphers? CHOOSE 1!
Factor in beat, lyrics, flow and delivery?
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BET NIGERIAN CYPHER MALE
BET NIGERIAN CYPHER FEMALE
SLIM SHADY 2.0 CYPHER
BET INDIE MEETS MAINSTREAM CYPHER
BET INTERNATIONAL FLOW CYPHER (Why did BET Stick Lecrae here?)
BET UNCUT CYPHER — BUSTA RHYMES
BET MAYBACH GROUP CYPHER
SURVIVAL OF THE ILLEST CYPHER
BET CHRIS BROWN AND FRIENDS CYPHER