The BET Hip-Hop Awards was a star-studded showcase of the many forms of hip-hop. In tradition, the show was opened with a cypher of some of the hottest rappers out and some newcomers, ready to shuffle up the game. Lil Wayne, even blessed the mic. A Boogie, Don Q, Jidenna, Kent Jones, and Nick Grant all spit fire no one could put out.
If you're a Philly native like myself, you couldn't help but notice we were heavily represented from the beginning to the end of the show. In this necessary cypher, the legendary hip-hop group known as State Property let everybody know they still got it. Freeway, Neef Buck, Peedi Crack, Beanie Sigel, and Omillio Sparks brought back that gritty, hood rap that the industry has been missing. Get a load of the reintroduction below.
That's not all.
The spotlight was not off of Philly artists just yet. Kur, Ms. Jade, and Empire's Yazz The Greatest, and Bre-Z put on for our city. Alongside Dave East, Young M.A, and Sam Black, Kur and Ms. Jade held their own with unforgettable bars. Pay attention to Kur he is moving strategically through the music industry and is set to release an album titled "Shakur" in a few weeks.
The most important cypher of the night included the self and critically acclaimed Best Rapper Alive, Lil Wayne, and the crowd favorite, Chocolate Droppa. Now, I know you guys are probably thinking, "Siani who is Chocolate Droppa?" He's Philly comedian Kevin Hart's rapper alter-ego. While Mr. Hart is from Philly, Droppa hails from Cumberland, KY.
See what I was saying? A night full of familiar faces. Philly, our city is on the rise and it's up to us to support our local artists to be all they can be.
I mean you never know, you could be the next big thing to blow.