By D.L. Chandler
Last night’s (October 11) airing of the ‘11 BET Hip-Hop Awards was sparked by the much discussed “Cyphers” that were aired in between segments of the actual ceremony. Although fans on Twitter and other social media outlets have debated loudly amongst themselves who had the best showing, many have declared that the “Shady 2.0” cypher as their favorite of the night.
Rap quartet Slaughterhouse all delivered blistering bars, but one line from New Jersey’s Joe Budden definitely stood out above all. The line, “I’m grown, I ain’t watchin’ the throne, I’m sabotaging it” undoubtedly caused listeners to raise their eyebrows –perhaps wondering if Joe and his Shady Records brothers are aiming shots towards the direction of collaborators Jay-Z and Kanye West and their Watch The Throne project.
Later in his verse, Jumpoff Joey referenced Lil Wayne’s smash single “How To Love” by dropping the lines, “Enough raps from you scrub cats about cocking the snub back/ Wayne couldn't teach me how to love that.” Perhaps a much lighter tap than his swipe at The Throne, Joey’s bars could still be perceived as an attack.
MTV News caught up with the brothers Slaughterhouse on the black carpet at the BET Awards show and the gang isn’t lacking an iota of confidence. "Right now, we're the best f---in' rap group, straight up," said Long Beach rapper Crooked I. Joe Budden chimed in with, "Best rap group in the universe. We thinking about us and what we're doin'. We enjoy what everybody else is doin', but our focus is us, and in our minds, we're the best rap group.”
Some behind the scenes footage of the “Shady 2.0” cypher leaked to the Web today with cameras joining the Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse and Shady Records boss Eminem inside the abandoned Detroit warehouse that served as their backdrop for the cipher. All members of the Slaughterhouse team said that they’re nearly done with their album and threw support behind label mate Yelawolf’s impending Radioactive album release. Slim Shady congratulated his team on their cipher performances, all while admitting that it took the crew some time to finish filming the event.
It will be interesting to see if the Young Money camp and The Throne decides to respond to the lines of Joe Budden which would result in one of the more epic war of words in Hip Hop in some time.
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