The 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards was one for the books. The 85 South (DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller, and Chico Bean) hosted for the second year, Young Thug, Gunna, Bia, Lil Jon, Baby Keem and Isaiah Rashad rocked the house as performers and winners included the likes of Tyler, the Creator, who took home three awards, Lil Baby, who won multiple, and Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, who took home three awards for “WAP,” to name a few.
The cyphers were a sight to behold as well. With DJ HED turning tables, there was a “Lyricism Cypher,” made up of Tierra Whack, Smino and D Smoke, a “Digital Cypher” comprised of Kidd Ken, Lakeyah and Toosii Symba and a “Hot Now Cypher” with Erica Banks, Fivio Foreign, Sleepy Hallow and Rico Nasty.
As exciting as these cyphers were, the international cypher, consisting of Didi B (Ivory Coast), NGA (Angola) and Blxckie (South Africa) needs love too.
With the awards show wrapped up, here’s some more info on these contestants and what music they’re up to.
Didi B (Ivory Coast)
Born Bassa Zéréhoué Diyilem, Didi B is an Ivory Coast rapper born in the Ki-Yi village, one of the most famous communities in the country. Didi B is actually a 4th generation artist and son of arranger Abou Bassa (who worked with Alpha Blondy, among others).
While a member of the Ivorian rap group Kiff No Beat, Didi recently signed with the label of the famous French rapper Booba, 92i Africa.
This Angolan-Portuguese rapper caught mainstream’s attention as a member of the group Força Suprema in the mid-2000's. He would later go on to find success as a solo artist with releases like 2012's Filho das Ruas and 2014's King.won
NGA has also won the Angola Hip Hop Awards for “Best Music Video” for his single "Normal" and Best Mixtape for Atitude.
Blxckie (South Africa)
Blxckie is a breakout rapper, vocalist and song producer from Durban, South Africa who has been making waves with the hits “Big Time Sh’lappa,” “Uppity,” and his most recent offering, “Gas”.
His blend of hip hop and trap soul has placed him in the forefront of South African hip hop and, with this pace, is sure to find his success jump to the states as well.