With every new BET Hip-Hop Awards show comes a whole host of new cyphers. And things have really stept up since the days when Lupe Fiasco, Styles P and Papoose traded bars through the lens of a dodgy handheld (I say “days”, but that was only five years ago).
Having boasted more crew-orientated cyphers last year, which saw MMG, Shady Records and Ice Cube and Rev. Run and sons displays their skills to the masses, 2012′s showcase looks to shape up as stiff competition.
In an image, courtesy of Justin Nicholas-Elam Ruff, surfacing online last night, it looks like BET have rounded up coastal cyphers – at least for the Left Coast, anyway. In the snapshot above, you can see honorary turntablist DJ Premier alongside an appetising freestyling cast of Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, Kurupt, E-40, Xzibit and YG.
The 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards are scheduled to take place on October 9th at Atlanta’s Civic Center, so only time will tell if we get to see some of Cali’s best share the mic. Feel free to join is in grueling impatience ’til then.