The 10 Best BET Cypher Freestyles Ever

Award shows aren’t generally designed for hip-hop fans. The biggest award shows like the Oscar’s and the Emmy’s seem to barely acknowledge the impact of the culture.  For hip-hop heads, the most consistently thrilling moment  in any award show around remains the BET Cyphers shown during the annual BET Hip-Hop Awards. The cyphers are a true showcase for hip-hop’s most lyrically gifted, allowing rappers to do what they do best – rock the mic.

After the brief 15-second snippet of Kendrick Lamar’s upcoming cypher hit the internet two weeks ago, anticipation has never been higher for the BET Hip-Hop Awards. Speculation is rampant that Kendrick and the rest of Top Dawg  Entertainment is dropping “Control 2.0″ on the industry and everybody – fans, rappers, industry-folk alike – are waiting to see if the self-proclaimed King Of New York is ready to snatch the throne.

In anticipation for tonight’s annual round of freestyles, XXL is looking back at 10 of the best BET Cypher freestyles dropped since the BET Hip-Hop Awards’ inception in 2006. Check it out.

  • average fuckin joe

    how is eminem not on here…this is crazy..

    • Leto El

      he’s number one ya bloody idiot

      • dude

        he could mean the 2011 verse, better than all of these

        • jimmistackz

          or the older one with black thought that verse is fucking crazyyyyyyy

  • mistah dubs

    yeah the Eminem 2011 verse is sooo much more ridiculous best verse in a cypher on public television

  • The chosenoen

    Where is Kanye’s Good Music Verse that was Crazy!