Twitter’s hip-hop firmament: #BarsandStars

In just a few hours, hip-hop’s legendary emcees and femcees will be in the building at the BET Hip-Hop Awards (8pm ET/ 7pm CT), showcasing their lyrical finesse. As always, Twitter will be your all-access pass to celebrate hip-hop’s biggest moments at tonight’s show.  

To get you ready for the big night, check out this special Twitter hip-hop page. Even after the show, you can use this page to follow your hip-hop favorites.  

Cyphers 
BET (@BET) has lined up some fun ways for fans (well, those of you on Twitter!) to get involved with tonight’s festivities. Here’s one: since a key element of hip-hop is the cypher, Twitter’s most-followed hip-hop moguls will showcase their lyrical wordplay during tonight’s cypher sessions. And BET is calling all fans to submit their hottest bars using the #BETTwitterCypher hashtag. They will choose your best two lines to make a full cypher.  

In addition to letting fans join the cyphers, some big-time names will be spitting their best bars on stage. West Coast’s coolest emcees and legendary supergroup The Ruff Ryders will take the stage for the #RespectTheWest and #RuffRyders cyphers. @KendrickLamar, @SnoopDogg and @E40 will kick off the first roundtable session for the #RespectTheWest cypher. Bar for bar, @DMX, @Cassidy_Larsiny, and @TheRealEve will lead the pack for the #RuffRyders team.  

Not feeling the cypher? There are plenty of other ways to be part of the ATL conversation:

Live-tweeters 
@TheRealMikeEpps will not only be hosting on-screen; he’ll also be live-tweeting throughout the whole show. Follow him for nothing but laughs and his behind-the-scenes looks. Compton’s very own @KendrickLamar will be representing Black Hippy and live-tweeting too. In addition to Kendrick, two of Young Money’s freshest additions, @YMCMB_BW (Bow Wow) and @ItsMystikal (Mystikal) will be live-tweeting.

Join the convo
Your favorite celebs will be tweeting about tonight’s show using the official #HipHopAwards hashtag. Use that to stay up on the latest action during the show. Throughout each cypher round, #BETCyphers is the #1 hashtag to use to give your critique of who spit the hottest 16s.  
From cyphers to performances, all of your favorite artists will blaze the stage. Stay tuned in on Twitter. Don’t miss a beat.