The highlight of the BET Hip Hop Awards has always been the cyphers. This year didn’t disappoint, serving up numerous performances featuring both established and up-and-coming spitters. With DJ Premier on the turntables, T.I. led his Grand Hustle squad with a glammed-up Iggy Azalea, Chip, and B.o.B., while the West Coast represented with Snoop Dogg, E-40, and Kendrick Lamar. The Ruff Ryders barked back with DMX and Eve. Showcasing the international appeal of hip-hop, overseas talent also showed off like Sarkode from Ghana.
But Talib Kweli had the most quoted line of the night: “I’m Frank Ocean at a Chick-fil-A, I’ll never get served,” he rapped.
Watch them rip the mic below.
Grand Hustle (T.I., B.o.B, Iggy Azalea, Chip, & Trae Tha Truth)
Mac Miller, Mystikal, Schoolboy Q, Hopsin, & Sprite Hot 16 Winner Jay Bird the Purdi Boi
Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Ab Soul, & Sarkodie
RZA, Angel Haze, Joey Bada$$, Driicky Graham, Childish Gambino, & A$AP Rocky
West Coast (Xzibit, YG, Kurupt, E-40, DJ Quik, Kendrick Lamar, & Snoop Dogg)
Ruff Ryders (Mook, Cassidy, Eve, & DMX)