Bay Area Bars Permitted: Oakland Cypher Rounds 1 & 2

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While in Oakland broadcasting live from Super Bowl 50, it would only makes sense for the native Sway to give young hungry MCs that opportunity to step up and showcase the talent locally.

It didn’t take long before there was a long line of artists hoping to get that chance to spit not only in front of the SITM crew but also an audience expecting the best of bars. They were shocked to get such a young group, starting at the age of 10 – age is nothing but a number when it comes to skill.

Check out the first round below:

So nice had to do it twice, the second round of the Oakland cypher makes you happy to be a rap fan. We had Locksmith come correct before a hungry group of hyenas stepped to the mic, some you may recognize from past Friday Fire cyphers but still keeping things fresh with new faces.

Enjoy Round 2 below:


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