Must-see cyphers to relive now

words by: Kai Acevedo
Nov 13, 2020

The ladies stole the show at the 2020 BET Hip-Hop Awards last month. Megan Thee Stallion was the winner in several major categories, including Hip-Hop Artist of the Year and Hustler of the Year. Hot Girl Meg was also awarded with Best Collaboration for her Beyoncé-featured “Savage (Remix).” Rapsody took home the trophy for Lyricist of the Year, while Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor was named Video Director of the Year. Another major moment came when Taylor, along with R&B divas Brandy, H.E.R. and Erykah Badu joined forces to curate one of the dopest cyphers we’ve witnessed in a while. If you’re into fire cyphers as much as us, check out these! 


The Diplomats Rap City Tha Basement Freestyle 

Year: 2003

Featured Artists: Cam’Ron, Jim Jones & Juelz Santana 



G.O.O.D. Music BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher 

Year: 2010

Featured Artists: Kanye West, then Pusha-T, Big Sean, Cyhi Da Prince, and Common



XXL Freshman Cypher 

Year: 2016

Featured Artists: Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, Kodak Black & Denzel Curry



TDE BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher

Year: 2012

Featured Artists: Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul & Isaiah Rashad



XXL Freshman Cypher 

Year: 2019

Featured Artists: DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Mosey, YK Osiris 



MMG Funk Flex Freestyle

Year: 2012

Featured Artists: Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Wale & Stalley 



“Friday Night Cypher”

Year: 2020

Featured Artists: Big Sean, Eminem, 42 Dugg, Kash Doll, Sada Baby, Tee Grizzley, Boldy James, Cash Kidd, Payroll Giovanni, Drego & Royce Da 5’9″



A$AP Mob Funk Flex Freestyle 

Year: 2014

Featured Artists: A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast & A$AP Twelvyy



“VEVO Presents: Shady CXVPHER”

Year: 2014

Featured Artists: Eminem, Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf



BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher

Year: 2020

Featured Artists: Brandy, Teyana Taylor, H.E.R. & Erykah Badu



Photo via Lauren Gesswein/XXL