Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Music journalist with 15+ years of experience. Supporter of indie artists. Lover of day baseball, fringe movies, & chicken shawarma. Part time ninja. Nerdy, but awesome. See my complete profile
The cypher is one of hip-hop's greatest traditions, and if you're anything like me, you have fond memories of witnessing emcees gather outside of venues, in local parks, and even on subway platforms, to kick rhymes, and pass the proverbial mic to each other.
A cypher is equal parts simplicity, and complexity. There's the simplicity of needing nothing more than your voice, and the complexity of needing to rhyme off the dome. This is what makes a great cypher so special, and why this week's Vid Pick is a cypher featuring three artists who have been featured here often, in J. ManifestO, Ciphurphace, & ScienZe, as well as two newcomers, in Jay Lonzo, and RedBaren907.
Click play, and check out these five talented emcees in this clip from The Cypher Effect.
B-Listers are a select group of artists that were featured in my Artist Of The Week series that ran every Monday from April of '06 to April of '11. All of these artists have two things in common; extreme talent, and a flight path far too under the radar for my liking. They took on the title of B-Listers as they embraced being featured by me, Adam B. Check out the AOTW Archives for all the interviews.