T.I. took a stand against racial injustice and police brutality during his performance at the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards. Check out his powerful #BLACKLIVESMATTER inspired performance, plus clips of all of the rap ciphers inside….
Black power salute!
Atlanta rapper T.I. paid homage to the Black Panther Party during his performance at the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards. Tip’s powerful performance shed light on the #BLACKLIVESMATTER movement as it continues to fight racial injustices.
Donning a black beret and all black ensemble, the Grammy Award winner commanded the stage for a performance of his socially conscious track “We Will Not,” a cut from his Us or Else EP. The track addresses the current racial climate and injustices that have taken place in America recently with the killings of black men, such as Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Terrence Crutcher and Keith L. Scott, to name a few.
#BLACKLIVESMATTER protestors were seen being interrupted by two white officers as images of iconic black civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were displayed on a huge screen.
“It’s the time to unite. DO or DIE. It’s US or else. They can’t kill us all!,” Tip declared as he wrapped up his performance.
Check out his dynamic set below:
As usual, BET hosted several rap cyphers that featured rhymes from some of your favorite rap stars. This year, comedian Kevin Hart transformed into his alter ego “Chocolate Droppa” and spit some hilarious rhymes in a cypher with Young Money honcho Lil Wayne.
This year’s line up was quite the treat. Phily legend Beanie Siegel and his State Property family cut up in the cipher. YBF rappers making a splash on the scene like Dave East and Young M.A. spit some hot bars. “Empire” stars Bryshere “Yazz” Gray and Bre–Z rocked the mic. And even New Edition singers Mike Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe dropped some heat.
Check out all of the cyphers from the show below:
Chocolate Droppa (Kevin Hart) and Lil Wayne Cypher:
State Property Cypher:
Kent Jones, Nick Grant Cypher:
Dave East, Young M.A. Cypher:
New Edition Cypher:
Jidenna, Consequence Cypher:
So, who do you think should win the Cypher King/Queen title?
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