Welcome to the Cypher!
In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, with social tensions rising and mental health deteriorating, The Ounce and TheRapTrade partnered to host Pop-Up Cypher, a traditional freestyle session. Our goal was to foster a safe and fun community for emcees & Hip-Hop lovers alike to commune, express, practice and compete. We eventually added what is now known as The Best 16 Competition—an opportunity for emcees to win cash for writing and delivering verses over pre-determined instrumentals.
From us to you, we present Pop-Up Cypher.