Every year, the cyphers are one of the most anticipated, if not the most anticipated part of the BET Hip-Hop Awards. There are a limited number of spots, so everyone with something to prove wants to get a chance in the spotlight. This year, Justin Bieber wanted to join in, and he asked if he could be a part of a cypher during the big show. DJ Premier considered it, but explained why it didn't work out:
"I was like yo, as long as he got a dope rhyme, let him spit. But then we heard he wants Luda to write his rhyme. I was like oh no, no, no, no. If you ain't writing your own rhyme, you can't do it, so Justin, you gotta take a backseat. Write your own rhymes, honey."
[DJ Premier Blog]
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