Erykah Badu, Bri Steves, Sharaya J, Chika And Neelam Hakeem Deliver Best BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher


The best part of the BET Hip-Hop Awards is arguably the cyphers. Each year, BET gathers hip-hop’s best from across the nation to showcase their lyrical prowess and Tuesday night (Oct. 17) the award ceremony stayed true to form.

While Vic Mensa, Taylor Bennet, and G-Herbo all repped Chicago–Nick Grant added to the fold carried South Carolina on his shoulders valiantly–it was the women who proved their weight in flows and showed they’ve rightfully earned a seat at hip-hop’s table.

With Erykah Badu at the turntables, Bri Steves, Sharaya J, Chika, and Neelam Hakeem left many in the audience sick from their metaphors and the subject matter.

Chika, from Montgomery Alabama, earned the Internet’s attention after posting a freestyle earlier this year celebrating her dark skin and body and also calling out Kanye West. She’s since flexed her skills with Hot 97’s DJ Funkmaster Flex and parlayed that attention to a rightful spot amongst the rest of the female ensemble.

“How can I get closer?/All a part of the plan/I’m in my position from videos on the ‘gram.”  she boasted.

L.A’s Neelam Hakeem also reached a wider audience via social media when one of her freestyles went viral.  Using her freestyle as an opportunity to speak on America’s racial and cultural climate, Hakeem rapped about some of the country’s deplorable conditions and what needs to be done to overcome them.

“This isn’t the hour for any cowards/while children in Flint get poisoned by dirty showers/they put us in poverty cause they that sour/but when the lights go out we turn on black power.’


Watch the ladies do what they do best above.