I am not sure who still watches BET (I don’t) but a co-worker of mine put me on to an little three part series they did between the Hip Hop Awards called “The Cypher”. The format is pretty simple, one DJ (Primo) and three MCs go back to back.
Here are my observations:
1. Over all I am pretty impressed that BET could so something so grass roots and not over complicate it. I would love to see some more.
2. K’Naan had the best verse over all. He really went in.
3. Why did Jada feel the need to big up the diamond trade in Sierra Leone? Why has that become the new slang for diamonds in the rap game? I have heard a few rappers add conflict or blood diamonds to their lyrics and I don’t get why. I think Jada should go to Sierra Leone and meet one of the rebels leaders and spit that verse and he how long it would take to get his arms chopped off. When Kanye did the “Diamonds Are Forever Remix” it wasn’t to big up the diamond trade. But never the less hip hop is always going to be hip hop.