Grading The 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards Cyphers

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Contestants: TDE (Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, & Isaiah Rashad)

Coldest Bars: “Yeah, and nothing’s been the same since they dropped Control/ And tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes/ Ha-ha, joke’s on you, high-five I’m bulletproof, your shits will never penetrate/ Pin a tail on a donkey, boy, you been a fake.” — Kendrick

Whackest Bars: Put the cash in the safe and here’s a extra slug ‘for I shake/ Ya smoke faster than me with a eighth/ Or better yet a wet break on a plate/ Burning ya faith, all senses covered in tape.” — Q

Final Grade: B+


  • Q isn’t very good at free’ing. Oxymoron probably just caught another pushback.
  • In case you weren’t already aware, Jay Rock is very good at rapping. Where’s that new album at?
  • Ab had me before he made a corny Wale reference. Probably the second-best verse here.
  • Isaiah Rashad is the newest TDE signing out of Tennessee. There, we both learned something today.
  • “Quite frankly ya b*tch booty should thank me for grabbing it/Turn these hoodrats to actresses, what a magic trick?” MEE-OWW.


  1. Even before I’ve read it, I just new that the Drizzy Diss would be featured here. You can’t write about K. dot in the BET without it.

  2. I think A$AP Mob could do better than this. I was thinking maybe at least Ferg or Rocky were not in their elements.

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