(AllHipHop News) Canadian rapper Corey Charron believes he was unfairly cut from this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards cyphers. Charron told CBC News that he expected to provide a verse to the annual performances after winning 106 and Park’s Freestyle Friday competition but was told by BET via e-mail that the 2013 cyphers were focusing more on “artists that have huge projects that are current.”
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Charron claims that he was contractually promised to participate in the cypher as part of his victory on Freestyle Friday. He expressed his race, nationality, and appearance may have played a role in not being selected to perform, but also says he is not alleging the network’s decision was the result of racism.
“I’m a white Canadian [with] kind of like a baby-faced nerdy look to me, and I just really don’t think they thought I was going to win the competition,” said Charron.
In recent Facebook post Charron also added:
B.E.T. Decided to remove me from the cypher this year. 200+ hours of bussing on my own dollar only to have the prize stripped from me. It’s unfortunate that discrimination still exists in 2013. Who cares if I’m a White Canadian? I still managed to beat every American and win a prize we contractually agreed on. I phoned and emailed numerous times since March. After 6 months I got a response saying they already Pre filmed the cyphers and there was nothing that could be done. This isn’t the first time A white Canadian was treated unfairly by the network. Organik won a contest 2 times to be on BET and was never given the shot he earned. Thanks to everyone that reached out to BET on twitter and voiced their opinion. I have a lot of fans that wanted to see my verse on the cypher. Looks like I’m going to have to film it from Canada and put the whole industry on blast…
It should be noted that white rappers Eminem, Yelawolf, and Iggy Azalea have participated in the BET Hip Hop Awards cyphers in past years.
Watch the CBC report on Corey Charron in the video below.