Every year the BET Awards roll by and every year nobody really cares about the awards themselves, ’cause it’s all about The Cypher. While the consensus seems to be they were a tad underwhelming this year (Why no TDE cypher?) there was still plenty of lyrical wizardry to enjoy. Which is why it’s surprising a round of googling for an audio rip yielded exactly zero results. We can’t be the only ones looking for this, can we?
Anyway, we ripped ‘em up ourselves, cooked up the .gif above (which combines the individual covers for each track) and threw ‘em in a .zip for you to enjoy and hurl at your digital audio plyer of choice. You’re welcome.
As for a full rundown and ranking of the cyphers and everyone involved with them, head on over to Big Ghost Chronicles where Ol’ Cocaine Biceps himself gives assessment of the performances that’s as hilarious as it is accurate.
DOWNLOAD: The BET Hip Hop Awards Cyphers 2012
- The Raw Cypher – Mac Miller, Mystikal, ScHoolboy Q, Hopsin & Jay Bird the Purdi Boi
- The True School Cypher – Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Ab-Soul & Sarkodie
- The Ruff Ryders Cypher – Murda Mook, Cassidy, Eve, DMX
- The Iron Mic Cypher – RZA, Angel Haze, Joey Bada$$, Driicky Graham, Childish Gambino & A$AP Rocky
- The Grand Hustle Cypher – T.I., B.o.B, Iggy Azalea, Chip & Trae Tha Truth
- The The West Coast Cypher – Xzibit, YG, Kurupt, E-40, DJ Quik, Kendrick Lamar & Snoop Dogg