Eminem and Royce da 5'9" reinvent rap music in "Shady 2.0 BET Cypher"
If you, like me, don't know anything about rap music except that it's something you will never be good at, then you probably have no idea what the BET Hip Hop Award's "Cypher" is. Let me explain.
The Cypher is this thing during the BET Hip Hop Awards show were some of the best and most underrated rappers are highlighted in freestyle rap. Groups of rappers trade rhymes in a warehouse in a black and white video. If the only rap you listen to is Nicki Minaj, you are going to die when you hear this.
Hands down, Eminem's Cypher was the best of the night. Eminem and his "Bad Meets Evil" partner, Royce Da 5'9" plus rappers Yelawolf and the rap collective Slaughterhouse proved that Eminem and co are a force to be reckoned with.
This group of six rappers proved that the people want lyricism in their music. While most mainstream rap is about popping bottles, wearing gold chains and bragging about driving mustangs with black and yellow racing stripes (Sorry Wiz Khalifa, your song is so dumb) The "Shady 2.0 Cypher" reveal that clever rhymes and grating lyrics are so much better.
Slim himself introduces the Cypher and gets things started with Alabama rapper Yelawolf. Proving he's a great warm up act, Yelawolf is like a miniature Eminem (meaning he's white and wears hooded sweatshirts) and got the crowd cheering when he calls out the video's ridiculous product placement of Sprite in one of his lyrics.
After Yelawolf, a rapper from the Slaughterhouse collective, Joe Budden took the mic. While I can't tell if Joe Budden WANTS to be confused with Vice President Joe Biden, he proves that his rhymes are anything but politically correct. Joe cleverly raps, "I took the wine out of Amy's house," which elicited Oohs and Ahhs from the audience.
Later he took a jab at Kanye and Jay-Z's joint album "Watch The Throne" when he rapped "I aint watching the throne, I'm sabotaging it." Oooohhh screams the audience. He also poked fun at rappers like Cali Swag District who rocketed to fame with their instructional rap, "Teach Me How To Dougie." Joe Budden slammed the rappers with, "If they teaching Dougie, I condone dropping out."
Next rapper up was another Slaughterhouse MC, Crooked I. He walked onstage with a mean muggin grin and a beanie pulled low over his eyes. He starts in immediately with "My mind is so deadly, this beanie is a holster." While Jay-Z may rap about owning a Bugatti, Crooked takes it one step further, "Our bodies quick as Bugatti engines." Oh and my favorite wordplay of the evening, "Before you die you should do a Jada and leave a Will." WHHAAATTT! Socially conscious celebrity gossip rap!? I die.
Then, NY rapper Joell Ortiz stole the show momentarily with a Beyonce joke, "This is a slaughter house, they waiting for us to break like Beyonce's water." Oh Snap!
Finally Royce Da 5'9" and Eminem tag teamed the final verse with Royce openly flirting with Rihanna, "Hi Rihanna. Is Nicki living with you? So I can buy binoculars and telescopes," he raps. Then, Shady takes center stage and proves why he's one of the most famous rappers ever. He's a mad genius. Seriously, he covered topics from Casey Anthony to making fun of Yelawolf for drinking slurpees. All this happened in the span of less than 2 minutes. Finally at the end of his rap he addresses rumors that he's retiring or getting all washed up, "So kill the rumors, it ain't happening, Imma keep rapping till I'm fossil fuel."
After Eminem's verse, his fellow rappers on stage just dropped their mikes and walked out. Shady killed it. Class dismissed.