If the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards are the Super Bowl, then the cyphers are the halftime show, and this year's pairings offered up a quite a few surprises.

With DJ Premier manning the wheels, T.I. captained his Grand Hustle crew through choppy waters, while the West Coast was represented by the likes of Snoop Lion, E-40 and Kendrick Lamar and Ruff Ryders reunited, featuring Cassidy, Eve and DMX.

The rest of the groups were more varied, however. One featured up-and-comers like A$AP Rocky and Joey Bada$$ alongside Childish Gambino and RZA, while another cypher included Mac Miller, Schoolboy Q, Hopsin, Mystikal and a Sprite contest winner.

Watch the Grand Hustle (T.I., B.o.B, Iggy Azalea, Chip, & Trae Tha Truth) Cypher


Watch Mac Miller, Mystikal, Schoolboy Q & Hopsin Cypher

Watch Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Ab Soul & Sarkodie Cypher


Watch RZA, Angel Haze, Joey Bada$$, Childish Gambino & A$AP Rocky Cypher

Watch West Coast (Xzibit, Kurupt, E-40, DJ Quik, Kendrick Lamar & Snoop) Cypher


Watch Ruff Ryders (Mook, Cassidy, Eve & DMX) Cypher

Check Out Photos of Talib Kweli's Favorite Vinyl

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