What does a “Cypher” mean in rap?

What do rappers mean by “Cypher”? What is a “Cypher”?

The slang term “Cypher” (also spelled Cipher) is a noun, which is used in Hip-Hop/rap music and culture, the music industry, and by rappers to reference a freestyle session. Cyphers was popularized from BET’s Cyphers.

Cypher means a freestyle session between a few rappers. A cypher typically goes in a circle.

The term “Cypher” and “Cyphers” has been used by Jay-Z, Young Thug, Eminem, Lupe Fiasco, Hopsin, Meek Mill, Tee Grizzley, Mac Miller, Logic, A Tribe Called Quest, and many more rappers.

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