The BET Hip Hop Awards 2022 showcased amazing cypher talents that included five rising stars in the rap sphere. Each brought their A-game, weaving powerful lyrics into their flow to mesmerizing beats.
Reuben Vincent got things started with an eye-popping performance. The up-and-coming Charlotte, N.C. rapper is a Roc Nation signee. His new release “Geechie Suede” chronicles the 21-year-old artist’s rise through the music industry and shares with the world the man who makes up the artist.
Vincent passed the mic to Washington, D.C. emcee Sa-Roc, who kept it live with her smooth lyrical flow. Born Assata Perkins, she has received praise and attention for her album The Sharecropper’s Daughter, in which Sa-Roc bears her soul in sharing the story of her father’s hardships as a Virginia sharecropper and her own experience growing up amid the drug wars of the 1980s. Below is a sampling of her latest work.
Guapdad 4000 didn’t miss a beat with the mic handoff from Sa-Roc. The Bay Area rapper born Akeem Ali Douglas Hayes got his first break in the industry in 2017 with a 13-track debut mixtape, Scamboy Color, and kept it going with his debut album, Dior Deposits, in 2019. His talent was on full display in the cypher, as he continues to shake up the hip hop world.
Next up, St. Louis rapper Big Boss Vette showed the audience why she’s become an undeniable force on the hip hop scene. Many fans first took notice of her in 2015 with her remix of Dej Loaf’s “Try Me” that went viral. The Republic Records signee continues to be a fan fav with her latest single, “Snatched.”
Anchoring the cypher team was rising West Coast rap star Jayson Cash. There’s a lot of buzz around the Atlantic Records signee’s debut mixtape, Read The Room. Cash says the mixtape showcases “real-life situations and perspectives” in which fans “can honestly expect a whole vibe.”