Crooked I Discusses Slaughterhouse's BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher

posted October 16, 2013 11:05:00 AM CDT | 33 comments

Crooked I Discusses Slaughterhouse's BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher

Exclusive: Crooked I talks about BET's cypher guidelines and explains why Eminem doesn't need to do another cypher.

Yesterday, Slaughterhouse's BET Hip Hop Awards cypher video was released. The group, which consists of Crooked I, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5'9 and Joell Ortiz, filmed the cypher earlier this year at an undisclosed location in downtown Los Angeles. 

Crooked I recently spoke with HipHopDX about why there should be no restrictions during cyphers.

"It was a real dope atmosphere," Crooked I said. "DJ Premier was back there spinning. It felt like real Hip Hop was in the building from the start. Of course, we went in and did our thing. My only thing is BET sets us a certain amount of bars that we can spit. Well, they gave us a certain amount of bars. I don't know about everybody else. I was just thinking, 'I wanna spit more bars.' A cypher shouldn't have no limit on the bars. You should just go."

Crooked I also addressed whether Slaughterhouse followed the guidelines set by the network.

"They sent an e-mail out that they wanted everybody to spit 16 [bars]," Crooked I continued. "Slaughterhouse, we're on some rebel shit from the gate, so I think we probably all did 24s. But, I was like, 'If I could give these niggas a cold 50 [bars] right now, I'll shut BET down forever.' I would have put an 'Out of Order' sign on BET. I think that's what niggas wanna see. In the classic cypher that we did with Eminem [in 2011], I know Em did 40 plus [bars]. He absolutely murdered it. Then again, that's Eminem. He can do whatever the fuck he wants to do." 

Slaughterhouse's 2013 cypher verse can be viewed below, via YardieGoals


2131152126shousecyp by YardieGoals

Crooked I Praises Eminem's 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher Verse

During the interview, Crooked I also explained why Eminem didn't need to drop a verse this year, despite having an upcoming album on its way with The Marshall Mathers LP 2

"Em made his statement," Crooked I said, referring to Eminem's 2011 cypher performance. "You've got a lot of artists who've sold multi-platinum albums who would never get in a cypher because they're in fear their fans would see them get bodybagged by other rappers. So, instead of catching that L live on TV, they'll avoid cyphers. So, just the fact that Em came down, probably one of the biggest selling Hip Hop artists of all time, and then jumped in a cypher and gave 40 plus hard bars, then he don't got nothing else to prove."  

The 2011 Shady cypher, which included Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf and Eminem, can be viewed below, via Shady Records.

Shady Records 2.0 Boys 2011 Cypher (Uncut) from Shady Records on Vimeo.

RELATED: Crooked I Says Eminem's Prowess Shines On "Rap God"

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