Daaaaaaaaamn. (Things to Love about Hip Hop)

BET has released Youtube videos of the cypher sessions from their Hip Hop Awards. For folks who don’t know, “cypher” refers to freestyle rapping, in a non-battle context. I often prefer it to battles, because it’s focused more on lyrical and improvisational skill, rather than the take-down of an opponent with insults.

A pure display of talent — check this out, for example. Three of the top MCs in the business — Mos Def, Black Thought and Eminem — off the top of their heads. Fucking brilliant.

EDIT: Youtube took the vid down, here is another version:

(Here’s the link for when this copies over to Facebook and they miss the embed, as usual.)

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