Complex City Cyphers: Episode 1 (feat. Wiki, Your Old Droog, A$AP Ferg & Christian Scott)

Complex has started a series called Complex City Cyphers where they travel to a different city every episode and collaborate with local musicians there in the form of live cyphers. The pilot episode takes place in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn where, assisted by a live band, Grammy-nominated jazz musician Christian Scott provides the music for a cypher with Wiki, Your Old Droog, and A$AP Ferg. Check out the dope collaboration above.

-AO

XXL Freshman Class Cyphers: Part 3 (Dej Loaf, Fetty Wap & Shy Glizzy)

XXL has released the last cypher from this year's freshman class. Dej Loaf, Fetty Wap and Shy Glizzy 'wax poetic' over a calm, slow-tempo beat. Dej Loaf was decent and takes the crown in this cypher by default as Fetty Wap and Shy Glizzy failed to deliver much to think about. Check it out above.

My Rating: Dej Loaf > Shy Glizzy and Fetty Wap

-AO

XXL Freshman Class Cyphers: Part 2 (GoldLink, OG Maco & Vince Staples)

Part 2 of XXL's Freshman Class cyphers features GoldLink, OG Maco and Vince Staples going in over a dope beat by DJ Don Cannon. Both Vince Staples and GoldLink were very impressive. Stay tuned for the remaining cypher coming soon.

My Rating: Vince Staples > GoldLink > OG Maco

-AO

XXL Freshman Class Cyphers: Part 1 (Kidd Kidd, K Camp, Tink & Raury)

The first installment of this year's XXL Freshman Class Cyphers has arrived. DJ Drama is once again on the turntables and mixes a different type of beat than what we're used to in these sessions. Kidd Kidd, K Camp, Tink and Raury round out the first cypher and they all bring their own type of flavor to the mic. Check it out above.

My Rating: Raury > Tink > Kidd Kidd & K Camp

-AO

Sorry guys, Orange Is The New Black put me out of commission for a few days haha. XXL has released the last installment of their Freshmen Class Cypher. This one sees Jon Connor, Jarren Benton, Lil Bibby and Troy Ave spitting bars over a DJ Drama beat. Jon Connor and Jarren Benton brought some serious lyricism to the table and I was impressed by Lil Bibby. His flow was composed; I might have to check him out. He also spit the most hilarious line when he dissed the XXL Freshmen right in front of them haha. “I want the cover why the fuck I gotta sit with them?! The whole world know these boys can’t compare to him.” Troy Ave was disappointing. Enjoy.

-AO

XXL just dropped off Part 1 of their 2014 Freshman Class Cyphers. Part 1 sees Kevin Gates and Vic Mensa dropping some verses to start with DJ Drama on the beat. August Alsina then drops a hook which is something new to the cyphers as they’ve added R&B artists this year. Isaiah Rashad and Chance the Rapper then finish the cypher off. It was decent. I’d have to go with Vic and Isaiah as my favorites. Enjoy.

-AO

Wow, all three of these artists killed it. The final installation of the XXL Freshmen Class Cyphers stars Dizzy Wright, Logic, and Angel Haze. Dizzy Wright came out with some nice rhymes. He’s convinced me to give him a chance. Logic spit straight FIRE. I’m gonna look up everything he’s made. This is one lyrical dude. And of course, Angel Haze did NOT disappoint. As per usual, she came through with some DOPE rhymes. I’m excited to see her at Lollpalooza this summer. 

Logic & Angel Haze > Dizzy Wright

-HB

It’s that time. The XXL Freshmen Class Cyphers. First up is Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, & Travi$ Scott. I thought they all could have gone a little harder, but none of them were bad. Travi$ seemed to be a little off beat for his portion. I like Ab-Soul too, but I honestly don’t think he did much here. 

I’m going Joey Bada$$ > Action Bronson + Ab-Soul > Travi$ Scott

-HB

Here we go! XXL 2012 Freshman Class Cypher Pt. 1! This one features Hopsin, Roscoe Dash, Machine Gun Kelly, Future, and Danny Brown. Everyone I thought would kill it did. Pretty good showing. In this cypher:

Hopsin & Machine Gun Kelly > Danny Brown > Roscoe Dash > Future 

Enjoy. “Me on the beat, that’s a hate crime…with black ink I murder white lines.”

-HB