Battle Rap Shows Out At BET Hip-Hop Awards

Murda Mook calls out Drake from the BET Hip-Hop Awards stage.

The BET Hip-Hop Awards aired last night (Oct. 14) and showcased a handful of battle rap emcees in the trademark BET Cyphers. The show was filmed in Atlanta in September, the night after Snoop Dogg's "Gladiator School" battle rap event.

During last night's broadcast, industry rappers like Kevin Gates and Papoose stood side-by-side with Loaded Lux and Charron. During the pre-show, a pair of digital-only cyphers featured Conceited in one, and Tsu Surf, Goodz, T-Rex and Rain in another. Finally, Murda Mook publicly called out Drake in a live cypher that also featured Arsonal, Couture and Calicoe.

Arsonal, Couture, Calicoe, Murda Mook

Taking the awards stage by storm, a few of battle rap’s biggest names participated in a live-from-the-show cypher, making sure to bring the battle culture with them in a series of call-outs and putdowns.

“Cassidy ducking me/ Murda Mook ducking me/ Me and Joe Budden’s beef over with luckily,” Arsonal rapped from the stage, putting on for New Jersey in the process. Arsonal also posted most of his verse on his Twitter account, including the underhanded slight for Mook below.

The night’s biggest namedrop came in Murda Mook’s verse though, explicitly calling out Toronto artist Drake, fanning the flames on calls for a potential battle between the two.

“King of battle rap, comfortable in first place,” Mook rapped, “Here, finish line is all mine, heard Drake?/ How you flashbackin’ to actin’, it’s real here/ Cripple your career, put it back in a wheelchair/ Get killed here/ Ain’t no chill here/ My demeanor/ Don’t play the field here/ De-gras-si, it ain’t greener.”

Papoose, Remy Ma, Jarren Benton, Charron

Charron, who was infamously robbed of his chance at a BET Cypher appearance after winning the opportunity in a "106 & Park" Freestyle Friday competition last year, rapped alongside the husband-and-wife duo of Papoose and Remy Ma as well as Jarren Benton in the night’s first cypher. Charron aired out the type of double-entendres he’s known for in his battles, rapping, “Listen pinhead, you know Charron is right/ I’m gutter with nothing to spare you’d swear I’m bowling twice.”

Normally we'd embed the video, but BET's content has an unremovable auto-play feature and we weren't about to have four videos all playing at the same time when you loaded this page. So you can watch the cypher here.

Kevin Gates, Loaded Lux, G-Eazy, O.T. Genasis

Still plotting his mainstream assimilation, Loaded Lux showed out in the final verse of a cypher featuring Kevin Gates, O.T. Genasis and G-Eazy, rapping over DJ Premier’s break-juggling background. “I’m with the band we came to dance baby James Brown/ I see the circus ain’t changed just the clowns,” he raps.

Watch the cypher here.

T-Rex, Goodz, Tsu Surf, Rain

In September, covered two digital cyphers, one featuring Conceited alongside Andy Mineo and Emilio Rojas, and the second, which was more battle-rap heavy. Smack White introduces Goodz, T-Rex, Tsu Surf, and URL artist Rain. “Depending how my day go/ I snatch your chick make a nigga get that payroll,” Goodz rapped.

Watch the Conceited cypher here.

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