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Cyke!

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The star-packed cyphers at this year’s BET’s Hip-Hop Awards were definitely the most talked about events of the night. What I noticed most was Wiz Khalifa’s recycled verse from “The Check Point” that’s on his collab mixtape with Curren$y. Come on, Wiz – you’re better than that! Here’s the video of the cypher in question:

Part 1: Wiz Khalifa, Bones Brigante, Yelawolf & Raekwon The Chef

Here’s the original track:

Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa – The Check Point mp3

I know Wiz isn’t the best freestyle rapper as he discusses here:

But he could’ve at least come up with an original verse for this event.

The G.O.O.D. Music cypher was definitely the highlight for me. Big Sean’s verse was my personal fav:

Part 4: Kanye West, Pusha T, Big Sean, Cyhi The Prynce & Common

Here are the rest of the cyphers:

Part 2: Ice Cube, OMG, DoughBoy, Rev Run, Diggy Simmons & Jo-Jo

Part 3: Busta Rhymes, Reek Da Villian, Zawcain & Mickey Factz

Part 5: Royce Da 5’9″, Tyga, Kuniva & Diamond

 

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UPDATE

Kanye’s can now be added to the list:

Click here to listen to Kanye’s second cypher verse

Now listen to this section of his “Dark Fantasy” single:

Kanye West – Dark Fantasy

Here’s the full song in an excerpt from Kanye’s film, “Runaway”:

Kanye West – Dark Fantasy mp3

Kanye West, Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce, Big Sean & Common – G.O.O.D. Music Cyper mp3

 

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The Best Mixtapes of 2009

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1. Drake – So Far Gone

When a comparatively bad retail-version of your CD sells 73,000 copies in the first week, while a very good mixtape-version is available online for free, your album is #1 in my book. Also, props for songs featuring Sweden’s Lykke Li and Peter Bjorn & John. Everyone better already have at least some version of this mixtape in their library, and get ready for ‘Thank Me Later‘ in 2010.

[Featured artists: Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Bun B, Omarion, Lloyd, Lykke Li, Santogold & Peter Bjorn & John]

2. Wiz Khalifa – Flight School

I still listen to this CD pretty regularly. ‘Flight School’ showcases Wiz better than any of his other CD’s in 2009 by far.

[Featured artists: Kev Da Hustla & John Record]

3. Kid Cudi – Dat Kid From Cleveland

Kid Cudi had a big year, and this is his best mixtape effort for 2009.

[Featured artists: Kanye West, Common, Wale, Chip Tha Ripper, Consequence, Kevin Rudolf, Jackie Chain, 88-Keys & Sharam]

4. Big Sean – UKnowBigSean Vol. 2

I really wish Big Sean would release another mixtape, but this one will have to satisfy until that happens. This tape is solid throughout.

[Featured artists: Mike Posner, Santigold, Jay K, Earlly MacMillion, Dusty McFly, Keely & Pat Piff]

5. Lil Wayne – No Ceilings

Lil Wayne proves he is still ridiculously creative and has unlimited punch lines… gives me flashbacks to his mixtape haydays a few years ago.

[Featured artists: Birdman, Tyga, Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, Nicki Minaj, Short Dawg, Shanell & Lucci Lou]

6. The Cool Kids – Gone Fishing

The Cool Kids drop another solid mixtape. I wish these guys came out with more music overall, but you can’t knock their consistent quality.

[Featured artists: Ryan Leslie, Shorty K, Jahda & Tennille]

7. Gucci Mane – Gucci Land

Gucci is the most popular rapper right now; I can see ‘The State vs. Radric Davis‘ selling between 250K & 500K this week… it’s a good CD. I had this mixtape, ‘Gucci Land’, on replay more than any of his others in the past year.

[Featured artists: OJ Da Juiceman, The Game, Timbaland, Fabolous, Nicki Minaj, Chip Tha Ripper, Dem Franchise Boyz, Yung L.A., Gorilla Zoe, Shawty Lo, Freeky Zekey & more]

8. B.o.B. – B.o.B. vs. Bobby Ray

B.o.B./Bobby Ray/This guy is definitely one of the most talented of the new artists with his versatility rapping and producing.

[Featured artists: Kanye West, T.I., Charles Hamilton, Asher Roth, OJ Da Juiceman, Bun B, Mickey Factz, Big Kuntry, Mac Boney, Playboy Tre & Killa Mike]

9. Mike Posner – One Foot Out The Door

My only non-rap mixtape for the year, and it is Mike Posner for a reason. The songs featuring Big Sean are the highlights for me.

[Featured artists: Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Saigon, Bun B, Clinton Sparks, Freddie Gibbs, GLC & XV]

10. Wale – Back to the Feature

Another rapper that had a big year; this is Wale’s best overall mixtape effort in 2009.

[Featured artists: Big Sean, Talib Kweli, Mike Posner, Bun B, Joell Ortiz, Lady Gaga, Currensy, Memphis Bleek, Peter Bjorn & John, Young Chris, J Cole, Royce Da 5’9, Joe Budden & more]

11. Tyga – The Free Album

Yeah, I couldn’t narrow my list to 10 selections, and I even had a hard time deciding between this mixtape and Tyga’s more recent, ‘The Potential‘.

[Featured artists: Lil Wayne, Gata & Short Dawg]

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Wrist Phones & Robots

Wrist Phone:

Alright, so this first one is a pretty cool concept for a watch/phone. Not only does it look legit as a phone, it’s dope as a watch too. I really am liking the simplicity of the design; I’d def rock one:

“Simple, non pretentious, the phone is a very basic device that is devoid of the fancy stuff. This makes its cheap to manufacture and market. Another point in its favor is the portability factor; you can simply wrap it around your wrist. Leaving the connectivity issues aside, the phone has the potential to make its mark.”

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Black one is fiiiiire.

Robots:

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“Each year we get wind of another Japanese company furthering their quest to make robots more life-like and more useful to society. Today, another company called Kyosho introduced their new Postkun (Little Postman) robot. We’re not sure what the $3,500 miniature humanoid is supposed to be used for, but it looks dope. Still, it’s nothing compared to the other robots already on the market. Ones that can actually assist humans in ways never before thought possible. It’s kinda scary, but it’s the future, kinda like Kanye’s crew’s fashion.”

Little postman does look like a pimp. Here is a video of their previous version just messin around:

Plus, he kinda reminds me of the robot on Common’s “U.M.C.” video (AKA Pharrell), which is pretty sik looking. What else do you expect from Hype Williams though:

***Update: So apparently every “U.M.C.” video on YouTube has embedding disabled. Click here to watch video through YouTube’s site***

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