Before we got to see the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards, we got to hear about them. Unfortunately, it was mostly about the drama surrounding the event. Despite all the extra stuff, the show went mostly as planned, with the cyphers being a highlight. Who killed it? Who got out shined? Any surprises?

Mac Miller, Mystikal, ScHoolboy Q, Hopsin

Grand Hustle Cypher (T.I., B.o.B, Iggy Azalea, Chip, Trae Tha Truth)

Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Ab Soul, and Sarkodie

 RZA, Angel Haze, Joey Bada$$, Driicky Graham, Childish Gambino, A$AP Rocky

The West Coast Cypher

The Ruff Ryders Cypher

The Youngster Cypher

(Complex)