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Last night, BET hosted the 6th annual Hip Hop Awards, an award show that showcases the talents of the industry’s best rappers, producers and music video directors. Actor/comedian Mike Epps hosted the event, which gives out awards such as Music Video of the Year and Producer of the Year.
Cyphers are a crucial part of the show and are one of the main things that viewers anticipate each year. A group of rappers get together and rap over the same beat for about 6 or 7 minutes — sometimes freestyling or sometimes rapping rhymes they’ve already written. It’s a great way for new rappers to make a name for themselves on television and a great way for long-time rappers to show fans that they still have it.
Eminem is a perfect example of the latter. His freestyle last night on the Shady 2.0 Cypher proved to the rap world that Marshall Mathers is still one of the greatest rappers of all time. Intricately woven metaphors and similies, a trademark of his style, were all showcased in the cypher and the crowd’s wooing and cheers were audible throughout the entire rap.
Although the cyphers are the most interesting part of the night, awards were also handed out. Below is the list of winners.
Best Hip Hop Video - Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – ‘Look At Me Now’
Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collab) - Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – ‘Look At Me Now’
Best Live Performer - Lil Wayne
Lyricist of the Year - Lil Wayne
Video Director of the Year – Hype Williams
Producer of the Year – Lex Luger
MVP of the Year - Nicki Minaj
Track of the Year - ‘Black and Yellow’ – Produced by Stargate (Wiz Khalifa)
CD of the Year - Kanye West – ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’
DJ of the Year - DJ Khaled
Rookie of the Year - Wiz Khalifa
Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style) - Nicki Minaj
Best Hip Hop Online Site - WorldStarHipHop.com
Best Club Banger - Waka Flocka Flame – ‘No Hands’ (Produced by Lex Luger)
Best Mixtape - J. Cole – ‘Friday Night Lights’
Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse - Busta Rhymes – ‘Look At Me Now’ (Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)
Hustler of the Year - Jay-Z
Verizon People’s Champ Award (Viewers’ Choice) - Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – ‘Look At Me Now’
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