The Shady Records cipher at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards was one of the year's best hip-hop moments.
Now, with his newly released remix of "Hard White," Gadsden, Alabama's Wolf aims to recapture some of that magic. While Em isn't present, T.I.., Crooked I, Royce Da 5'9," Joell Ortiz and Joe Budden all hold it down lyrically alongside Yela.
And just like the Shady Cypher, picking a standout verse on the track could be difficult. T.I. sets it off with his usual swagger as Yela picks up with a vivid story rhyme that details a high-school shooting. Crooked, Royce, Joell and Budden all follow with tightly woven verses, boasting of their rap supremacy — much like the Shady crew did in the BET cipher.
"The BET cipher, yeah, we killed it," Wolf told MTV News last week. "That was a huge day for me, going up to Detroit and having that time with me, Slaughter and Marshall [Mathers]. That's the first we ever had that closed environment, uninterrupted by fans."
Surely, a room full of respected MCs must get competitive, but when it comes to collaborating with his crew, Yela said he's actually humbled to be down with such talent. "In the Shady crew, first, for me it's not to be the best because it ain't gonna happen," he said modestly. "You just have to be confident in what you're doing and know that you might get ate up at any moment by any of these dudes because they're all so ridiculous and just be honored to be a part of it."
On November 21, Yelawolf is set to drop his debut album, Radioactive. So far we know the album boasts appearances from Eminem, Kid Rock and Gangsta Boo as well as production from the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and WillPower.