If you missed last night’s BET Hip Hop Awards, you missed a good and bad show. While there were performances that stood out and artist that respectfully represented the music industry, there were some unfortunate activities that didn’t need to take place. Ironically, Kanye West, appeared on his best behavior as he received the lion’s share of trophies at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards. In addition to a recap of winners and losers of BET’s 2012 Hip Hop Awards we have also included BET’s 2012 cypher video featuring Snoop Dogg. You can watch this highlight of the evening at the end of this article.
The rapper, who led the charge with 17 nominations, was honored in categories including Best Hip Hop Style and Producer of the Year at the ceremony, which aired in the U.S. on Tuesday.
His hit collaboration with Jay-Z, N**gas in Paris, was named Track of the Year as well as Best Club Banger, while the stars were crowned the Best Live Performers and their Watch The Throne album was voted CD of the Year.
Other big winners included Kendrick Lamar (Lyricist of the Year), 2 Chainz (Rookie of the Year), and Jay-Z (Hustler of the Year).
The BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012 cypher video featuring West Coast rap stars Snoop Dogg (aka “Snoop Lion”), Kendrick Lamar, and Xzibit, among others, may have stolen the recent awards show freestyle sessions. However, there’s some serious competition from several other segments shown on the night.
Other Hip-Hop cyphers from the latest installment of BET’s awards show included the Ruff Ryders, a “Man With the Iron Fists” session with RZA DJing, and another with T.I., B.o.B, and Grand Hustle all freestyling. However, there’s a standout performance that arrives via the West Coast, thanks to strong verses from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, and newcomer Kendrick Lamar.
Also joining the West Coast crew were E40, DJ Quik, Kurupt, and YG, as the rappers all sit or stand around a table featuring a high stakes dominos game. The West Coast Cypher video features an addition over 5:30 in length, it’s clear that most of the rappers hold their weight up, with Kurupt probably getting the lowest score on the rounds. Then again, it’s tough to follow a top-notch verse from longtime rap star Xzibit, who still has it despite his movie appearances and “Pimp My Ride” hosting gigs. to the beat which is made by Quick slapping the table and hitting his ring down to add some more kick. Lasting
Kendrick Lamar also proves why he’s one of the best rising stars in the game today, delivering a fast paced and hard-hitting verse which finishes with talk of how “Snoop passed the torch to burn other rappers with.” E40 and Snoop show why they’re all-time legends from the West as well, with Snoop Lion saved for the last freestyle of the session as the beat changes up just enough to emphasize the rap star from Long Beach during his delivery.
Overall, this may rank as the top hip-hop cypher of the BET awards show. If one were to add some other West Coast stars, then Game, Too Short, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube would be surefire additions for most hip hop fans. However, it’s clear that not everyone can be pleased. Still this cypher surely stole the show compared to the several others with honorable mention going to the likes of Talib Kweli and Childish Gambino for standout verses during their sessions.
Here are the list of winners for this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards:
Reese’s Perfect Combo: G.O.O.D Music, “Mercy”
Hip-Hop Video Director of the Year: Hype Williams
Track of the Year: “Ni–as in Paris,” Jay-Z and Kanye West
Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse: 2 Chainz, “Mercy”
Rookie of the Year: 2 Chainz
Producer of the Year: Kanye West
People’s Champ Award: “Otis,” Jay-Z and Kanye West
MVP of the Year: Rick Ross
Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style): Kanye West
Lyricist of the Year: Kendrick Lamar
Impact Track: “Daughters,” Nas
Hustler of the Year: Jay-Z
CD of the Year: Watch the Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West
Best Mixtape: Dreamchasers 2, Meek Mill
Best Live Performer: Jay-Z and Kanye West
Best Hip-Hop Video: “H.Y.F.R,” Drake featuring Lil Wayne
Best Club Banger: “Ni–as in Paris,” Jay-Z and Kanye West
DJ of the Year: DJ Khaled
Best Hip-Hop Online Site: World Star Hip Hop