12 Musical Moments We're Thankful for in 2012

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  • Jay-Z
  • Rihanna
  • West Coast Cypher
  • G.O.O.D. Music
  • Jay-Z, Beyonce
  • Frank Ocean
  • 2 Chainz Pushes Up on Nicki
  • Barack Obama, Jay-Z, Beyonce
  • A$AP Rocky, Rihanna
  • 50 Cent, Fat Joe
  • Rihanna, Frank Ocean
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Nas

The West Coast Takes Over The Cypher

The West Coast Cypher at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards was one for the history books, with OGs Kurupt, Snoop Dogg, E-40, Xzibit and DJ Quik trading bars with newcomers YG and Kendrick Lamar. "Respect the West," Kurupt's shirt read, and after this it was impossible not to.

(Photo: BET)

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