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See Eminem Murder the BET Hip Hop Awards’ Best Cypher

Yelawolf, Joe Budden, and more MCs join a refreshingly funny Slim Shady

Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj picked up the most trophies at the BET Hip Hop Awards, taped in Atlanta on October 1, which finally aired last night. But the real winners were the rappers who performed the evening’s best cyphers. It was hard to top Eminem, looking more like a hungry — and outrageously funny — up-and-comer than the often-tiresome festival headliner of the past year. In a shaky black-and-white video, Em rhymes over East Flatbush Project’s “Tried by 12″, joined by a rapid-tongued Yelawolf, gruffly star-mocking Joe Budden, fire-breathing Crooked I, hilariously self-deprecating Joell Ortiz, and slyly flirtatious Royce Da 5’9″. “Imma rap til I’m fossil fuel,” Shady seethes. So long as he does it like this, that’s great news, as is up-and-coming producer Araabmuzik’s recent revelation on SOHH (via FACT) that he’s working on new music with the Shady Records CEO, among other hip-hop heavy-hitters.

Check out the “Shady 2.0 Cypher,” along with a few others while perusing the list of winners below. For more BET Hip Hop Awards videos, including live performances by Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy, T.I., DMX, and Swizz Beatz, hit up the show’s official site.


Best Hip Hop Video:
Chris Brown (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes), Look At Me Now

Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collab):
Chris Brown (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes), Look At Me Now

Best Live Performer:
Lil Wayne

Lyricist of the Year:
Lil Wayne

Video Director of the Year:
Hype Williams

Producer of the Year:
Lex Luger

MVP of the Year:
Nicki Minaj

Track of the Year:
Black and Yellow – Produced by Stargate (Wiz Khalifa)

CD of the Year:
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

DJ of the Year:
DJ Khaled

Rookie of the Year:
Wiz Khalifa

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style):
Nicki Minaj

Best Hip Hop Online Site:
World Star Hip

Best Club Banger:
Waka Flocka Flame feat. Roscoe Dash & Wale – No Hands (Produced by Drumma Boy)

Best Mixtape:
J. Cole – Friday Night Lights

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse:
Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now, Chris Brown (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)

Hustler of the Year:

People’s Champ Award powered by Verizon (Viewers’ Choice):
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now

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