The good folks over at BET this year had something else in mind when it came to the 2015 Hip-Hop Awards Cypher. Although largely made up of seasoned vets, this year’s line up included two standout categories: the Beatbox cypher and the Hamilton cypher, the latter marking the first time the network invites actor, playwright, lyricist, and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda to partake in the freestyle segment known more for helping usher in lesser-known voices of the rap game.
Hardly a newcomer to the industry, the Hamilton creator and star brought along two of his brightest cast members of the Broadway, hip-hop musical. Miranda (Alexander Hamilton), Daveed Diggs (Thomas Jefferson), and Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler) showed off their unique rap skills and thespian talents alongside Hamilton collaborators and hip-hop notables Black Thought and Questlove from The Roots.
Watch the magic, below.