Erick Sermon, Redman and Keith Murray Perform in 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher [VIDEO]
In the game of rap, lyrics are an artist's bread and butter and Redman, Erick Sermon and Keith Murray showcased just how they've been eating over the years in the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher on Tuesday night (Oct. 13).
Without the ability to rhyme, you'll be hard-pressed to find credibility as an MC and we all know that cred is usually the end-all be-all when it comes to a rapper's success. So when it comes time for a rapper to display their skill in a cypher, it's paramount for them to go for the jugular while moving the crowd.
And Def Squad is more than familiar with entertaining the people with their bevy of flows and unique styles. Hitting the BET cypher for a session of rhyming, Redman, Erick Sermon and Keith Murray prove that hip-hop may be a young man's game, but they are more than equipped to hang, doing damage over the beat to Beanie Sigel's "Beanie (Mack Bitch)" track with DJ Premier behind the turntables.
Erick Sermon goes off first, asking, "Hip-hop is dead, then what am I, a zombie?" before Redman takes the baton and goes bonkers. "The chiropractor, Redman, I'm back at it," Reggie Noble raps, announcing his entrance in his usually bombastic fashion. Bars like "I don't tolerate the nonsense / I tell my bitch be Eazy like she Straight Outta Compton" may cause a screwface before he ends off with the cliff-hanger, "Redman the flow is tight / The Brick's lightskin Dolemite, give me a light"
Keith Murray, who was much maligned for his embarrassing showing at a live battle against Fredro Starr, makes up for that lesser moment with a sound, efficient verse. He takes shots at Diddy for naming Rick Ross a new Biggie and delivers clever phrases like "Murray put words together clever, Yahtzee." Despite his erratic actions, Keith Murray still has rhymes galore.
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