2016 NBA All-Star Weekend Toronto Cypher

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Broadcasted live from Toronto, home of the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend and of course birthplace to one of rap’s biggest names in Drake. 

You can’t have one of the game’s most successful young artists representing your city and not have some hungry hyenas waiting for a chance to show they’ve got what it takes. We took full advantage of that Toronto hunger as we kicked off not one, not two or three but four rounds showcasing the international talent. It was ladies first as the young Phoenix Pagliacc (@itsmepagliaccishocked the crowd with a quick witted, fluid delivery giving everyone an early sign of quality bars on the way.

Round 2 started off with an introduction to Toronto lingo and a lowkey talent named John River (@JohnRiverRow) who set things off properly. Once again, if you aren’t prepared to spit with the hyeeeenas don’t waste that spot on the mic. Check out the second round of All-Star Weekend talent below:

This next round gave us a classic “popping tags” moment as the third group of Toronto hyenas put their bars to good use. Love to REVOLT TV who was in the building as well and thank you for premiering the Doomsday Cypher.

Fourth and final round had to be something special, right? But the question is did Toronto come through in the clutch? You know they did, check out the last hyena collective below and hit us @SwaysUniverse with your favorite bars/artists. Who will you be watching in 2016?


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