#Top 20 Greatest BET Hip Hop Awards Verses

#Top 20 Greatest BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher Verses

Top 20 Greatest BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher Verses

Top 20 Greatest BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher Verses

Say what you will about BET, but the oft-criticized network puts on the best award shows on television. The Oscars and Emmys have always been boring. The Grammys are, well, the Grammys, and MTV has been struggling to regain its cachet for years now. BET, on the other hand, has been delivering solid shows as of late.

While the BET Awards have been producing memorable moments for over 10 years now (Chris Brown’s comeback performance and Destiny’s Child’s lap dance come to mind), the BET Hip Hop Awards have been carving a entertaining niche of their own. Now in its 5th year (6th edition), the ceremony has become heavily buzzed about for its annual cyphers, which feature rap superstars like Eminem and Kanye West as much as it does up-and-coming rhyme talents like Reek Da Villain and Laws.

With the awards set to air tomorrow (October 11), chatter about this year’s ciphers is at an all time high. Eminem will be returning with his Shady 2.0 crew and word is Joe Budden—another returnee—once again delivers stellar verse this go-round. “I’m not trying to watch the throne, I’m trying to sabotage it,” he reportedly spits. Rick Ross and his Maybach Music will also have their own cypher, while Ludacris, Busta Rhymes and Tech N9ne will also be on hand. Even Chris Brown and Estelle will be part of the festivities, spitting bars, not singing notes. In anticipation for this year's cyphers, XXL looks back at the Top 20 Greatest BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher Verses. —XXL Staff

20. KRS-One

20. KRS-One

Year: 2009
Illest Line: “I put rappers down like the Nike sign/You gotta overstand, look Nike sign/Put the camera down so they can feel my rhymes.”
Cypher Mates: Nipsey Hussle, Wale, Gsan
Length (Bars): 52 Seconds (20 Bars)
XXL Says: The Blastmaster is one of few MCs to have gone off the top during the cypher. He brought the house down when he began rapping at the camera man after he failed to follow his instructions.

19. Bones Brigante

19. Bones Brigante

Year: 2010
Illest Line: “Raw rapper, jaw tapper/ I’m more dapper than your favorite rapper/ He’s not nice, just all swagger/I ain’t impressed by these wack cats/Throw shots and I clap back/I’ve burnt more rappers than Kat Stacks.”
Cypher Mates: Raekwon, Wiz Khalifa and Yelawolf
Length (Bars): 50 seconds (20 Bars)
XXL Says: Funny that Bones would mock MCs for being all swagger. That’s exactly what he’s missing. Still, he showed why he’s a 106 Freestyle Friday champ.

18. Royce Da 5' 9"

18. Royce Da 5' 9"

Year: 2010
Illest Line: “Rappers kill me taking about who’s hotter/Trying to get Montana Fishburne fame, I’m their confused father/Watch me, I’m coming/I got baby cannon only it’s bigger than the one Mariah’s got in her stomach.”
Cypher Mates: Kuniva, Tyga and Diamond
Length (Bars): 40 Seconds (16 Bars)
XXL Says:Nickel Nine brought the bars as usual, but his unusually uncomfortable delivery prevented him from ranking higher.

17. Big Sean

17. Big Sean

Year: 2010
Illest Line: “Detroit’s Angel, I even got Red Wings/I’m headed to the ball, me and three prom queens/My life’s prom night and guess who’s the Prom King/They having a kissing fight and I’m Don King/Everybody know I’m coming soon like LeBron’s ring”
Cypher Mates: Kanye West, Common Sense, Pusha T and Cyhi Da Prynce
Length (Bars): 60 Seconds (24 Bars)
XXL Says: Sean may not be in Kanye, Common and Pusha’s lyrical (or physical) weight class, but he managed to spit a better verse than the G.O.O.D. Music vets, pound for pound.

16. Diggy Simmons

16. Diggy Simmons

Year: 2010
Illest Line: “Light-skinned like Chico Debarge is/I got you locked up ‘cause you know what the bars is/I’m a star kid, but I swear if Nicki babysit me/I just might learn what a ménage is.”
Cypher Mates: Reverend Run, Jojo, Ice Cube, Doughboy and OMG
Length (Bars): 20 Seconds (8 Bars)
XXL Says: Dig made the most of his 20 seconds on stage and made his pops proud. “I’m 15, but my 16’s strong,” he rhymed on his opening bars.

15. Ras Kass

15. Ras Kass

Year: 2007
Illest Line: “Heard George Bush don’t care about Black people/Start a war on rap, ‘cause I don’t like wack people.”
Cypher Mates: Joell Ortiz, Cassidy and Flo
Length (Bars): 40 Seconds (16 Bars)
XXL Says: Most would bet against Rass in a cipher with then newcomers Cassidy and Joell Ortiz, but the criminally slept on lyricist emerged with the session’s most memorable lines.

14. Cyhi Da Prynce

14. Cyhi Da Prynce

Year: 2010
Illest Line: “I got rich from the Zone of the stanky/So everybody know my money long, stanky/So I’m flexible/Stretching all my decimals/Switching up the flow, got the crowd going testicles.”
Cypher Mates: Kanye West, Common, Pusha T and Big Sean
Length (Bars): 50 Seconds (20 Bars)
XXL Says: Cyhi edged out another former XXL Freshman for bragging rights in the G.O.O.D Music Cypher.

13. Kuniva

13. Kuniva

Year: 2010
Illest Line: “It’s D12, I will backslap her and you/The toolie’s tucked with the Gators and the foreign suit/I take your moms out to dinner and I’m scoring too/We the pack of niggas Mel Gibson was referring to.”
Cypher Mates: Royce Da 5’ 9”, Tyga and Diamond
Length (Bars): 40 Seconds (16 Bars)
XXL Says: What, you didn’t think Em ran with suspect lyricists, did you?

12. Juelz Santana

12. Juelz Santana

Illest Line: “You boys better step aside/before I get at guys/You’re just bugs, I’m spittin’ that pesticide/ You not mobsters, wait stop the fake/Or you’re found dead with your head in that pasta plate.”
Cypher Mates: Ace Hood, Jadakiss and Fabolous
Length (Bars): 56 Seconds (23 Bars)
XXL Says: The Harlemite flows “harder than Kymbo’s punches” over break beats provided by Premo.

11. Mos Def

11. Mos Def

Year: 2010
Illest Line: “Road to Central Avenue, Cooper House, Cypress/And live from Bedford-Stuyvesant/The livest high flyingest pilot bombardier from Pyrrhus/ Stationed live and direct, Medina mastermind set.”
Cypher Mates: Black Thought and Eminem
Length (Bars): 44 Seconds (17 Bars)
XXL Says: Listen more closely. Mos, ahem, pardon, Yasiin’s verse is much more than flow here. At one point, he bigs up Brooklyn in alphabetical order— referencing several sections from A to D.

10. Saigon

10. Saigon

Year:
2006 Illest Line:”I can kill this here man with my bare hands/I can slit his throat with a broke beer can/I can get this kid smoked for a mere grand/If they find out I did it, I’m like, Yea, and?”
Cypher Mates: Rhymefest, Remy Ma and Sway
Length (Bars): 20 Seconds (8 Bars)
XXL Says: Sai-Gitty’s murderous bars were potent enough to earn him a high slot despite a short verse. Here’s to an encore.

9. Ice Cube

9. Ice Cube

Year: 2010
Illest Line: “If my two sons hate you, I’ma violate you/Give you that muthafuckin’ broken bottle facial/This ain’t racial, your new name is Rachel/Got homies in the pen that might wanna date you.”
Cypher Mates: Reverend Run, Diggy Simmons, Jojo, Doughboy and OMG
Length (Bars): 40 Seconds (16 Bars)
XXL Says: Making millions in Hollywood still hasn’t softened Cube up 20 years later.

8. Jadakiss

8. Jadakiss

Year: 2008
Illest Line: “As long as money’s involved, I’m in/You ain’t gotta second guess the best, I’m in/I will rap circles around these new Urkels/Everything’s digital, purps is still purple”
Cypher Mates: Fabolous, Juelz Santana and Ace Hood
Length (Bars): 50 Seconds (20 Bars)
XXL Says: Mr. Raspy does light work before bringing it home with a series of fan-favorite punchlines.

7. Black Thought

7. Black Thought

Year: 2009
Illest Line: “'Y’all see him on a job, see my eyes focused where the prize be/I'm like Martin Luther King you like Rodney.”
Cypher Mates: Mos Def and Eminem
Length (Bars): 1 minute and 4 seconds(25 Bars)
XXL Says: Another verse, another example of why it’s a shame that underachievers still underrate him.

6. Cory Gunz

6. Cory Gunz

Year: 2008
Illest Line: “Spitting in cyclones, biter not a barker/You’re a future car parker/Not the lighter, I’m a sparker/Only here to save rap, ‘cause the music is my father”
Cypher Mates: Blaq Poet, Willy Northpole and Hime
Length (Bars): 50 Seconds (20 Bars)
XXL Says:The old adage goes: It’s not about what you say, but how you say it. Cory Gunz is short on notable punchlines here, but his delivery is nothing short of incredible.

5. Yelawolf

5. Yelawolf

Year: 2010
Illest Line: “Sitting in a secluded Chevy/I’m reckless and ruly/Having breakfast out with your cutie (check please)/Better cover it ‘cause I’m still broke/With a MILF, though/For Real, though/Better me than a dildo.”
Cypher Mates: Raekwon, Wiz Khalifa and Bones Brigante
Length (Bars): 40 Seconds (16 Bars)
XXL Says: Outshining a legend like Raekwon and red-hot Wiz Khalifa (at the time) is no easy feat, but Yela pulled it off effortlessly.

4. Nicki Minaj

4. Nicki Minaj

Year: 2009
Illest Line: “Mac and cheese, steak, fried chicken, the guts/And I’m killin’ these bitches, Mike Vickin’ it up.”
Cypher Mates: Joe Budden, Buckshot and Crown Royal
Length (Bars): 40 Seconds (16 Bars)
XXL Says: Arguably Minaj’s dopest verse pre-“Monster.” The Jamaica, Queens femcee proved she had beauty and bars on this highly animated verse.

3. Fabolous

3. Fabolous

Year: 2008
Illest Line: “Lyrically, it don’t matter, up-and-comer or Has Be/I’m on yo ass, B/Who’s the next Raz B/Wordplay king, I’m not the one to scrabble with/The rocks got more carats in it than Rabbit shit.”
Cypher Mates: Juelz Santana, Jadakiss and Ace Hood
Length (Bars): 50 Seconds (20 Bars)
XXL Says:F-A-B-O delivers an album-worthy verse in a tough field of spitters.

2. Eminem

2. Eminem

Year: 2009
Illest Line: “It's like I'm off the bomba when I bring the fuckin' drama/Used to bomb ya like Saddam but now that I'm a little calmer/ I'm a fuckin' cross between Osama, Dahmer, Obama, and Dalai Lama/ So Miley I'm a knight in shining armor.”
Cypher Mates: Mos Def and Black Thought
Length (Bars): 52 seconds (20 Bars)
XXL Says:Em’s multisyllabic verse stole the show in a backpacker’s wet dream of a cipher.

1. Joe Budden

1. Joe Budden

Year: 2009
Illest Line: “You past your prime, I ain’t speak ether yet/You need a major, I just need an Ethernet/Word on the streets I make the OGs be upset/’Cause I’ma student of the game, not a teacher’s pet.”
Cypher Mates: Nicki Minaj, Buckshot and Crown Royal
Length (Bars): 60 Seconds (24 Bars)
XXL Says: Joe Beezy delivers a mix of pop culture references and subliminal jabs (at Jay-Z and Method Man) with casual confidence.

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