Last night the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards was aired for the first time in the UK.
While this years talking point for the 2014 US cyphers included Murda Mook threatening to cripple Drake’s career, over in the UK all eyes and ears were focused on the line up for the BET UK cypher.
For this years line up we saw a mixture of lyricists.
The South London emcee’s momentum in 2014 has seen him blossom and gain the respect of his peers for his skill and presence. Earlier this year Stormzy hit number 1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts with his ‘Dreamers Disease’ EP which is a massive achievement for an unsigned artist. On the single “Not That Deep” Stormz asked where his Fire In The Booth was, which lead to Charlie Sloth giving him his own time to shine in the freestyle segment, and also in the cypher. Stormzy made another reference which proved that he’s going to a problem for certain lazy emcees, “I came to the cypher and I cleaned up, most of your favourite rappers couldn’t keep up”.
When it comes to Yungen it’s fair to say as a scene we have seen him develop into becoming one of the UK’s top emcees. Yungen is already a huge name in UK music, touring with the likes of Naughty Boy in Australia as well as releasing his own debut album ‘Project Red & Black’. The album easily displays his versatility and song writing skills, featuring on this years cypher is just another tick off the bucket list so far on his musical journey.
While some may be aware of who Dotz is, many may be introduced to him for the 1st time on this years cypher. Dotz who is from Bedford is a UK battle rap pro. After being the runner up in the 2012 Jump Off Final, Dotz went on to claim the title in 2013 and became the Jump Off TV Battle Rap Champion. Since then the Bedford based Emcee has competed in Don’t Flop.
No stranger to being on screen, the actress/rapper is another young UK female artist who’s proving her worth in the industry. This year saw Paigey release her 1st EP entitled ‘The Next Paige’ on iTunes which featured the likes of Chip, Princess Nyah and Abel Miller.
The East London vocalist has been making moves in the industry for quite a while now; touring and sharing stages with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Delilah, Chipmunk and Angel as a backing vocalist. Many may not realise Shezar is actually Labrinth’s sister but that doesn’t deny her talent as a singer, the BET cypher is the first time a lot of people will have seen her rap.
Considering the BET Hip Hop Awards is an American based awards show, a wide range of US cliques take the majority of the cyphers, for example Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang and Kanye West’s GOOD Music.
The UK however is only limited to one cypher from the BET Hip Hop Awards. So with the margin so thin to represent, despite each artist getting those bars off, the line up didn’t seem to be justified to some.
Whilst all of the participants were undoubtedly talent, many viewers aired their opinions and took no time at all in jumping on twitter to vent thoughts and criticisms.
The most repeatedly named absence from the cypher was 20 year old rapper Little Simz. After Twitter blowing up with disappointment, Simz responded with this message:
With speculation that certain other rappers declined from participating, we want to look at the positives in the showcase. We can’t knock the fact that those who did take the opportunity did the UK proud despite the line up only being limited to 5 artists. We should celebrate and congratulate their efforts.
Although some may feel that the representation was weak we would like to know who you, the fans, would select for the 5 to feature in this years BET cypher. Let us know below.
#GRMTalkBack… here’s who Twitter decided would have been an ideal line up for this years UK cypher: