The 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards were light on actual award presentations, but we expected that. However, we did get quite a few highlights in the form of performances, with the much anticipated cyphers and the guests just being their usual colorful selves. We were pretty much promised some remarkable moments as soon as Meek Mill opened the show with his epic performance of 'Dreams & Nightmares' and 'Levels.'
2 Chainz, King Diddy (more on that later), French Montana and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony were just some of those who performed at the awards. They didn't only hype up the audience though. The fans at home were left with instantly replayable moments thanks to the Internet age.
There were also the cyphers, which showcased more great black and white scenes of raw spitting the most impressive being the TDE cypher with featured a previously leaked Kendrick Lamar verse.
When it came to the crazier moments, they didn't have much to do with extravagance but rather rappers just being themselves, which is usually cause for alarm in some cases. Here are 10 Crazy Moments at 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards
Kendrick Lamar's bars about Drake were pretty much a selling point for many who tuned in to the BET Hip Hop Awards. It was a stunning verse as expected, and some even compared his work here to the popularity of his famed 'Control' verse. Also as expected, TDE arguably had the best cypher with the Slaughterhouse performance probably being a close competitor.
It makes sense that MC Lyte received the I Am Hip-Hop Award for being one of the genre's first truly gifted female lyricists and promoting a positive message for women. Eve presented the artist with her award as Missy Elliott, Will Smith and a few others said their praises for her in taped speeches.
MC Lyte didn't just silently accept the award, though. She took the time to spread another positive message that was pretty straightforward.
"Men, we are depending on you," she said. "We need you to protect us when no one else will. So stop cursing us out all the time, OK? Find some love for us somewhere, God bless. And ladies, I say if you want to be treated like a queen, act like one."
Cue the uncomfortable look on 2 Chainz's face.
Meek Mill Opens the Show With a Bang
Meek Mill opened up the ceremony with his most epic song: 'Dreams & Nightmares.' The MMG rapper made his way from backstage to open the show while performing the track. As soon as he walked his way into the spotlight, the 'Nightmare' portion of the track started playing, the beat dropped and flames began rising from the stage. It was time to turn up, and even without the extra stage effects, it's hard to sit still when the cathartic "If you ain't about the murder game then p---- n---- shut up" plays.
TDE Performs 'Money Trees' & 'Collard Greens'
Kendrick Lamar's 'Money Trees' and ScHoolBoy Q's 'Collard Greens are two of TDE's greatest songs. But what would they sound like if they were played in succession? Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Jay Rock answered that question last night (Oct. 15) in their energetic, artificial cloud-filled performance. The trio transferred between the two songs seamlessly, which wasn't too hard of a feat since Lamar has solid verses on both tracks. Many said it was a warm-up for the cypher that came afterward.
2 Chainz Wilds Out During Performance
Things tend to get over the top when you're dealing with 2 Chainz. The Atlanta rapper started with a short skit before his intense performance of 'Fork.' Viewers were making their quips about Deuce's fashion statement as Mannie Fresh and Juvenile took the stage right after.
Lil' Kim's Random Guest Appearance
and Tiffany Foxx in the mix. Things took an interesting turn when Lil' Kim appeared out of nowhere to perform a couple of bars. It was a decent verse, but at the same time, this was Kim appearing out of nowhere. The Twitter slander came soon after.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Close the Show
Having Bone Thugs-N-Harmony close out the show may have seemed like an odd choice but, the trio's performance was a welcomed one. The legendary Midwest rappers ran through a medley of their hits with multiple members of the audience -- and probably many viewers at home -- rapping and singing along.
In what can be interpreted as some sort subliminal diss to controversy-hungry bloggers, Diddy literally crowned himself when he took the stage right after self-proclaimed "King" Kendrick's cypher verse aired. The Bad Boy leader performed the 'Ain't Worried About Nothin' remix with French Montana, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg. The audience was still applauding Diddy's stunt as Ross began his verse. What's a boss to a king?
A$AP Rocky & Friends Earn Reese's Perfect Combo Award
Few people watch the BET Hip Hop Awards to actually see who wins, but it's still an award show and trophies have to be given. One of them was for A$AP Rocky's 'F---n' Problems,' which earned him the Reese's Perfect Combo Award alongside hitmakers Drake, Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz. Unfortunately, Rocky and Drake weren't there to accept the award, but 2 Chainz and Kendrick stepped up to grab the trophy.
'The Real Husbands of Hollywood' Get Involved in a Cypher
The BET Hip Hop Awards saved the best for last and by "best," we're talking from a comedic standpoint. The stars of 'The Real Husbands of Hollywood' had a cypher of their own in which a Versace scarf-wearing Nelly decided to drop a few bars, Boris Kodjoe rapped in German (a la Lupe Fiasco?) and Kevin Hart decided to get raw. And that's "raw" as in really emotional. And hilarious.