The BET Hip-Hop Awards, like the American Music Awards, isn't considered among the most prestigious of music ceremonies, but the BET show does boast one feature that's better than anything their trophy-handing peers offer: Cyphers. For the past few years at the BET Awards, hip-hop's elite and the best up-and-coming rappers have teamed up to freestyle in segments called "cyphers." These long performances have become a favorite of rap fans, who are more likely to tune in to watch Ludacris and Busta Rhymes improv on a DJ Premier beat than they are to see who wins Best Rap Album. Knowing the popularity of the segments, last night's BET Awards featured seven cyphers. These are the best of the bunch:
MVP: Eminem. Each employee of Shady Records adequately showed off the talents that got them signed in the first place, but Eminem proved why he's their boss.
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