Freestyle rap is most easily defined as coming up with lyrics "off the top of your head", either performed a capella, over another person beat-boxing or over a hip-hop instrumental. Often, freestyling is done in a group setting, called a cypher, where rappers take turns spitting freestyle rhymes.

BET has made their cypher sessions the most anticipated of their kind by bringing together the absolute BEST emcees in the game for a series of cyphers on their annual BET Hip-Hop Award show. This year's cyphers were no exception featuring rap's best. Eminem and his Shady 2.0 crew, Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group, Busta Rhymes, Chris Brown as well as newcomers who often first get recognized for their skills in this popular feature. In case you missed it last night, watch all the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Award cyphers below.

Shady 2.0 (Eminem, Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf)

Big K.R.I.T., Tech N9ne, Machine Gun Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, and B.o.B


Reek da Villian, 2 Chainz, Busta Rhymes, and Ludacris



Lady of Rage, Blind Fury, Dom Kennedy, and Skillz

MMG (Wale, Pill, Stalley, Meek Mill, and Rick Ross)

Chris Brown, Tyga, Ace Hood, and Kevin McCall

Estelle, France’s Soprano, Houston’s Lecrae, and Nitty Scott