BET Hip-Hop Awards air tonight with the cypher controversy but before then, Brooklyn rapper Torae held it down on the red carpet for XXL and we learned a few things. Among the nuggets of wisdom: Rick Ross explains what he's looking for in an artist while B.o.B and Mike Will Made It talk about what it takes to make it in the game. Snoop drops knowledge on how to stay at the top and Lola Monroe tells what it takes to switch from modeling to rapping.

For the full length interviews, check out the videos below with Sage the Gemini, Stalley, Nelly, Rocko, DJ Holiday, Chris Webby, Kid Capri, Big K.R.I.T. and tons of others.