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Watch the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards – Nigerian Cypher – Male & Female



There has so been so much chatter about the Naija BET Cypher!
BET finally aired it a few days ago and now the video his hit the internet.

The men featured include Ice Prince, M.I, Sauce Kid, Naeto C, Modenine and X.O Senavoe. The female rappers were Sasha, Blaise, Muna, Zee and Eva. They were supported by DJ Jimmy Jatt and DJ Hazel Eyez.

You’ve got to have a favourite! So tell us, who nailed it.


  1. nada

    October 19, 2011 at 10:20 am

    nice one guys…..

  2. moses

    October 19, 2011 at 10:40 am


    • Lord have mercy

      October 21, 2011 at 8:34 am

      you are not a hip hop fan both were nonsense

  3. Gennyz # 1 Fan!!!!

    October 19, 2011 at 10:48 am


  4. Lin

    October 19, 2011 at 11:02 am

    hmmm…for d ladies, i think Sasha killed it! Love d fact dt she incorporated yoruba into it

  5. keni

    October 19, 2011 at 11:21 am

    sasha n mi all day

  6. boo

    October 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

    M.I hands down

  7. Jessica

    October 19, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Nigerians dressed and speaking like Americans …how embarassing! No one likes counterfeit! thats why these rappers are not making waves like don jazzy, dbanj and p-square…

  8. Daniel Oyenuga

    October 19, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I love Blaise & M.I

  9. anonymous

    October 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    modenine and blaise thats real hip hop……MI tried though…

    • anon2

      November 27, 2011 at 11:18 am

      Thank you… truest comment

  10. TAYO

    October 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm


  11. mabouxy

    October 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    MI. MODE 9……EVA fullstop.

  12. TAYO

    October 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    he Outlook’s bright, that’s the Word, all I do is Excel
    And Casey Anthony rappers, my flow should be on the pill
    The Lyrical Dangote, even Aliko couldn’t get on this ‘bill’
    Last year I watched this from my office – now I’m here – Surreal!
    Pray for me, I’m spittin’ in a sick way, and I’m (Azikwe Nnamdi) – Truth!
    Yeh “We Are Africans – Awoo!”
    But the rap crown was roaming (Roman) and so I ceased her (Caesar) – Poof!
    Talking ‘racks on racks on racks’?
    ‘Maybachs on bachs on bachs’?
    Not stopping ’til Fortune companies hire Blacks on Blacks
    Dagrin and Amy Winehouse, RIP!
    Now “Back to Black” E.T.
    I B-E-T that if yo B C’s D’s (b****/baby sees these)
    She will press ‘pause’ (paws) on me, like I’m E-V-E
    The sickest lyricist to spit it infinite in minutes is winning would dream it like Hakeem but now like Brixton I’m “innit” (in it)
    U see I sawed this beat, its now an eye sore in the I.C.U.
    Buzzing ’bout who the best be(e)?
    I’m all 3 … Minus 2!

  13. joe

    October 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    modenine and blaise

  14. Allegra

    October 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Saw that live and was impressed. Kudos to what is happening over there………..

  15. eni

    October 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    where is the 9ja flava?we aren’t Americans na!they need to incoroprate the African flava.mode 9 and MI and Neato c very good.

  16. Allegra

    October 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    They all nailed it as it is a collab and there4 worked well.


    October 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm


  18. spanbuumble the bee...

    October 19, 2011 at 1:16 pm


    • Lord have mercy

      October 21, 2011 at 8:36 am


  19. Sobnizie

    October 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    My ranking from 1st-5th are the following order : Modenine, MI, Sauce kid & Iceprince, Naeto-C , XO…i hate to juxtapose the emc’s wiv f-emcs…Muna&Baise were the outstanding one,but the all went in though…least impressive for the f-emcs was sasha.

  20. Tobi

    October 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Common guys, Sauce Kid killed them with the flow and swag, for d Ladies Eva & Sasha nailed it….no sentimental judgements here

  21. Dee-USA

    October 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I’m mad that BET didn’t air this in the yankee market, but chose to show some international version featuring Brits like Estelle. Estelle? I mean, I know she can rap, but she’s a rapper like Mary is. Write their lyrics (I don’t know if she wrote hers or not) and they’ll deliver. The least they could’ve done was flown in Tinie Tempah. Anyways, I got to hear the emcees days ago, so here are my meager 2 cents. Thanks for giving us the femcees. I’ve been scouting it for days. I’ll check it out after my comment and re-post my 2 cents on them, but I heard they delivered.

    M.I-“African rapper No.1 oh.” This guy has mastered the art of story telling with rhymes and his use of word flow. (Nas and Eminem are my kings of telling a whole story with rhymes.) He knows he’s good lyrically, but wish he’d drop the “…I’m done,” at the end of every song.
    Modenine-I swear this guy might be the most underrated Naija rapper. “My word play’s incredible fam. To get into my rhyme book you need a retinal scan.” That’s how you do it. Don’t give us nursery rhymes like the last guy on this list. Make us think small. I believe him when he says “the last time I was out-rhymed I was bout 9.” Check!
    Sauce Kid-Maybe it was the audience (International) that inspired him to go back to his pre-Naija rapping days. And don’t take this the wrong way cos I like my Naija rappers. But it’s obvious Sauce Kid got his rhyming influence from living here so IMO he just sounds better when he flows straight. I get you have to serve the Naija audience. But I just like when he’s not necessarily trying to throw in pidgin on Sinzu-isms.
    XO-I’ve heard better (waaay better) rhymes from this guy, but he was decent.
    Naeto C-I know many of you here think I’m a Naeto C hater, but I swear I give every one of his rhymes a fair shot. But…sigh. I’m sure he has some lyrics stored in his memory bank that doesn’t involve talking about the money he has and all. I get it, by the time you made your “first 6M, we were still jonzing. And we know you make more bread than the average Nigerian. But Nigerian artistes talking about their wealth isn’t sexy. Leave it for the Jays and Ye’s (Kanye), who we know really have it. Oh wait, I forgot who your momsi is. I guess you really do have it. And if you’re thinking of telling me, “Abeg shift, clear road and then park well,” that didn’t work for me either. At least you were better than Ice sha.
    Ice Prince-This guy is a hit or miss. Sometimes his lyrics pass the test, others like this are too literal. Listening to him I’m thinking, I bet I know what’s coming next based on his previous line, and it usually is. E.g. “I’m so amazing, I’m never blazing. I’m fly like the birds, there’s no caging. I’m sitting on their heads, I’m like a basin.” And that was his opening? Hmmmm.

    • Jagbajantis

      October 19, 2011 at 6:47 pm

      I co-sign.

      Sauce Kid has the swag and flow to be the best if not of the best Nigerian rappers. I remember bumping his Money Long mixtape from end to end circa 2007. But I have been a bit disappointed with some of his recent material since hooking up with Storm Records. I think he needs to go back to what he was doing before on the mix-tape circuit. His lane should be area-boy B-Boy swag meets rugged underground flow. He is a special talent, and is genuinely interesting.

      Naeto C has never been a deep lyricist. He is more like a slow flow, braggy, swaggy type of rapper. A bit like a watered down Fabolous or Mase (who have good punchlines btw). He is the type of rapper who is in his element when he is backed by a good video, because he is easy on the eye (no homo). People should stop bringing up his mums or his privileged background because that has nothing to do with his art and is a bit unfair. That being said, I have heard a couple of joints from Super C, that were reflective and had a good methodical flow.

      M.I is someone who impresses me, and I dont usually root for mainstream rappers unless they are audaciously talented. Apart from the classic “Fufu Flavour” album by Junior N Pretty, M.I.’s recent album is one of the only Nigerian rap albums that got mad spins on my MP3 player. He is at his best when he is putting metaphors together to play on words: “Bring drama to your door -Netflix” That was a tight rhyme, but it was also deep on many levels. I have plenty of time for M.I. – he is top drawer.

      Mode 9 has always been a battle lyricist, which has perhaps hindered his commercial success. He is our version of Canibus or a Talib Kweli type dude (without the Afrocentrism). I have a couple of Mode 9 lines that are the stuff of Source Magazine quotables, and they are not even from this cypher: “I would be right back like Gary Neville” He is at home in these kind of cyphers where brash lyricism is the order of the day.

      Me, I prefer reflective, philosophical rappers who are yet skilled lyricists. Thats why I listen to dudes like Nas, Ghostface Killa, Raekwon, Jadakiss.

      By the way, let me drop my own lyrics towards the cypher:

      I spit bars like I threw up Mars/
      thats why I get more radio spins than a mai-gaurd/
      Haters should skip the bullshit, I am fulani/
      a pimp of the highest order, never pay a kobo for punani/
      about to wreck the mic, beat it to a pulp like Olisa Dibua/
      I am a titled MC, rappers should call me Nebolisa, nigga/
      Tired of all these fake rappers and wannabe fashionistas/
      how you gonna sell your soul for a weave, all in the name of fashion, sister?
      so take this rhymes home and dwell on them till the next episode/
      my lyrics cause a traffic jam in your mental like gridlocked Lekki Road/

    • Lord have mercy

      October 21, 2011 at 8:38 am

      Ignorant go and find out how estelles career started… she has been rapping since the 90’s! furthermore on the international scene the Nigerian cypher would have sucked ass with only Mode9 and Sauce kid being under par MI was good by Nigerian standards

    • Dee-USA

      October 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      Just so you know, I know about her career as a rapper. Wasn’t Mary J rapping back in the day as well? As I said, anyone can rap (Chris Brown, Banky W) doesn’t make them an emcee. And Femcee she is not.

    • letYOUknow

      October 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      see story chai. it was all awesome abeg…

  22. henry

    October 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    hi, my word on dis is dat mi is very gud but if u mean hardcore i give it 2 mode9, 4 our divas lets encourage sasha but 2 be frank erybody in these categories r all very good but only 1 can take the day

  23. labby

    October 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Not as tight as the Ghana Cypher last yr and this is coming from a 9ja girl.

  24. TeeTee

    October 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    MODE9 and SASHA ORIGINALITY LOVE IT – rest too generic, original flow, clever lyrics from Mode9 and Sasha love the yoruba – that’s what makes us different

  25. Dee-USA

    October 19, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    My thoughts on the femcees. Is it me or were they spitting much shorter than the guys? Maybe it was just me.

    Blaise-As in, this babe murcked the others jo. Can’t even say my fav line cos the whole thing was dope. She reminds me of MC Lyte (looks and flow wise,) wonder if she was influenced by her. I can’t think of a time I’ve heard her rhyme, even as the only girl among guys, that I wasn’t impressed. You guys shouldn’t sleep on Naija femcees oh. Some of them are better than most of the guys. Check!
    Eva-I love this girl. Where did she come from? One day I checked out my usual batch of new Naija songs thanks to (Shameless shoutout) and just discovered her. The embodiment of a Naija femcee. Since she’s new, I hope her lyrics won’t become redundant over the years. Some of these rappers be borrowing their lyrics from past songs, forgetting they’ve used the line before. Liked her intro. And I get this line, “I’m feeling like Bruno, got my brain from Mars, if you’re thinking I’m in sane when I spit these bars.” Cos based on her lines and hair, I’ve read comments about her being insane. She and Blaise are my top two femcees in Naija. But I’m feeling ATL’s Naira too, though she’s not in Naij.
    Zee-I first heard of this babe from Tha suspect’s Twale video. Another female rapper that’s pretty good. “My mission is to be a star. I’m triggered with lines like bullets, call the girl a shooting star,” was nice. I don’t recall what this girl looks like cos she always seems to have these shades on. Let people (especially an international audience) get familiar with your face. Lose them shades people.
    Muna-I don’t know why people be hating on this chick cos she was a MBGN. She can actually rap. This isn’t the best I’ve heard her (still thinking about her 16 in Tha Suspect’s I no send you femcee version) but of the few (10 or less) naija femcees I know of in Naija, she’s in the top half. Didn’t care much for her, “I’m so patience with it, me and my Goodluck.” Naaaaa.
    Sasha: I’m not really a fan of Sasha’s rapping voice cos she sounds like a kindergartner trying to spit hard (I get why Biggie forced Lil’ Kim to sound deeper in her delivery.) Since I don’t know a word of yoruba, I didn’t get most of her lines, which played into my placing her last. But compared to the other girls on here, I feel she’s the weakest overall (listen to I no send you for 2nd reference). She’s lucky she was the first major femcee on the scene cos otherwise, I’d say no to the First Lady moniker. This was one of her better rhymes I’ve heard though.

  26. Brittle Paper

    October 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Okay. Eva killed it.

  27. Dee-USA

    October 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Tayo, thanks for posting XO’s rhymes cos people need to know how sick his word play is. Problem is, for most people, it skips right over your head until you play it over and over a few times and you’re, “ooooooh I get it.” I had to play him back a few times to catch some of them. But I’ve still heard better from him.

    For those of you saying they were trying to sound Americanized. I don’t get you. So hypothetical (or maybe not, considering he got signed) scenario. Kanye does a song with D’banj and releases it in the U.S. You think the Yankee market will catch on to him like 2Face? There’s a place for everything and just like 2Face recognized you can’t drop pidgin-isms on the Yankee audience cos they won’t gbadun it. These guys needed the BET audience, which in case you forgot is almost entirely Americans, to get their metaphors. If not, I’m thinking…errrrrrm? I’m Naija and even Sasha was a doozy for me mostly cos I don’t know a word of Yoruba. So imagine what the audience would be thinking. Then imagine if all the emcees gave us Naija metaphors, punch lines and pidgin-isms. We’re trying to get more of our artistes working with the biggest music artists, and we won’t achieve that if they don’t get what we’re saying.

    • Tiki

      October 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm

      THank you Sir(or Madam)! haters just be dissing without thinking about what they saying. Seriously, get a grip on your hate and appreciate. Them artists have to connect with the audience, else how do they get what they are saying to make sense? And money?

  28. Simeon C

    October 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    It’s a job well done. Kudos 2 all of them. Naija guys are ‘crazy’! Be it naija or in’l flavour, there head dey there! Where is Rugged? Is it not high time he and Mode squash this their silly beef and move on?

  29. N.Campbell

    October 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Babes: Munaaaaaaa & Sasha Guys: MI and Naeto C all day!!!! Love how they were able to switch up styles so that other cultures can hear their talent. Kudos for real!!!!

  30. Makioba

    October 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    modenine amd M.I… bit of Kiddo…d rest sux big tyme…..
    Eva and Blaise ….. but girls all tried sha

    • DZY

      October 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      I totally agree with you even though i dont know you

  31. Jessica

    October 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    @dee USA, American appreciate authenticity! the truth is all of them were fake!

  32. Yesboss

    October 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Truth be told, SauceKid was the best and the XO dude had a nice wordplay but his flow was not up to par. Naeto C and Iceprince were the worst and this is coning from a Naeto C fan. Blaise was phenomenal, she was better than some of the emcees. Muna was the worst, that chic can’t rap to save her life. Sasha needs to step up her game.

  33. vizi

    October 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    all of these amateurs should start a rapping school and make mode9 their professor cus that dude be packing some strong lines mehn………..sauce kid is the worst of them all. M.I. u try imma give that to u.

  34. omo

    October 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    It was cool. Just wished Ikechukwu was with the guys

  35. chichi

    October 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Oga o.. i can nolonger watch the video? hiss

  36. Be-eni

    October 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    If anything, you know the cypher brings nothing but street credibility and for some, the exposure they needed in and out of the country.

    I haven’t listened to the female version yet but for those interested, you can check out the full lyrics to the male version at

  37. bukioni

    October 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Don’t worry ChiChi I didn’t get to watch it either. I’m sure it’s somewhere on youtube.

  38. partyrider

    October 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    i’m tired of MI’s dictionary rap/rhymes, its getting boring..he’s good though,cant knock his hustle


  39. amber

    October 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Blaze! Blaze! Blaze!…..dey all did me proud. Stand up Africa dey crashed it 😉

  40. nigga

    October 21, 2011 at 12:04 am

    blaiseeeeeeeeeeeeee!! eva trys too hard cos maybe someone told her she raps like M.I sasha is just wrong. muna trys small cos she pretty with d pretty girl swag. but her lyrics been done before. she shld be more creative n original

  41. DZY

    October 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Mode 9 ,MI ,Sauce Kid, in that order.

  42. omoibo

    October 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Jimmy Jatt could have dropped some harder ish for them to flow to, the beat used didn’t do if for me , I personally thought sauce kid was my favorite….. I heard M.I spit harder ish, the lines were ok, keep it up peeps!!!

  43. Chi

    October 22, 2011 at 12:53 am

    One word springs to mind…. embarrassing

    Did iceprince just compare himself to a fish?

    na wa

  44. Krazy

    October 22, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Ice Prince nailed it big time!! And from the female side MUNA u go sis!!!!

  45. cece

    October 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    The beat could have been better.
    I will start with the females cuz they went hard.
    Blaise will always be the best female rapper. I like Sasha but I don’t know what happened here.
    Muna can rap. She got dat soft swag like Nicki Minaj.
    Eva killed it. She got the swag, style too

    The men
    Mode has always been my favorite naija lyricist. He’s not all about swag or bragging, he goes deep.
    MI is good, and I love how he flows and blends his lyrics
    Ice Prince says the same thing, too redundant. I get it, u is amazing and blazing. Enough, say smth else, we ain’t neva heard of.

  46. harold

    October 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Sauce kid and blaise killed it

  47. PaintedSkin

    October 23, 2011 at 11:06 am


  48. Boune

    October 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Damn my men where of the chain, i got to give it to Modine, M.I. and Naeto C y’all is da bomb, Nija tyt

  49. H2dA

    April 2, 2014 at 6:06 pm


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