The lineup for the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards is starting to take shape. In addition to MC Lyte receiving the lifetime achievement honor (the I AM HIP HOP AWARD presented by Sprite), Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz and French Montana are now among confirmed performers; and Kevin Hart — a.k.a. Chocolate Droppa — is a confirmed presenter.
[Kendrick] will be joined by fellow breakout TDE artists and scheduled performers ScHoolBoy Q and Jay Rock. Q and Lamar collaborated for a current 106 & Park favorite, “Collard Greens,” and Jay Rock appears on Lamar’s major-label debut good kid, m.A.A.d. city, which went platinum this year.
The “hip hop crew” theme will also take center stage to set off the awards. Taking on one of the art form’s oldest and most cherished traditions, squad members of hip hop’s finest groups and indie labels will battle it out crew vs. crew-style for the much-loved Hip Hop Awards Cypher. Those participants, however, will not be announced until after the Sept. 28 taping at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.
We already know Joe Budden revealed that Slaughterhouse will be part of the cypher this year. Will be interesting to see who will go up against them this year, especially with the competitive vibe in the air after Kendrick’s “Control” verse.