Preview The 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards ‘West Coast Cypher’ (Video)

    If you’re a Hip Hop fan, you realize that the best part of the BET Hip Hop Music Awards can be the freestyle cypher circles in which various rappers showcase their freestyle skills. Over the years, the cyphers have become incresingly better in quality; featuring artists like Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, and a still somewhat unknown 2 Chainz. Last years cyphers even included an ‘Indie-gone-Mainstream’ and ‘International’ cypher showcasing talent from all over the industry and all around the world. (Still waiting for the all-female cypher circle. One day soon, I guess.)

    This year, BET continues its streak of winning by creating the ‘West Coast Cypher’; featuring influential Californian rappers like legendary E-40, the newly renamed Snoop Lion, DJ Quik, Xzibit, the endlessly talented Kendrick Lamar and more. With another 3 cyphers planned and yet unseen, this years BET Hip Hop Awards should be fairly entertaining.

    Check out the video below, and watch the awards show Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. EST.