What Does Cypher Mean In Rap? (EXPLAINED)

You might have heard the slang “Cypher” from your friends or favorite rappers. Do you think to yourself about what it means or stands for? Is it a code or something?

Cypher means an informal gathering or “get together” of rappers for fun and some music-making session. The rappers form a circle and spontaneously freestyle rap verses, usually diss raps. It may sometimes become a rap battle but primarily involves jamming and performing. 

You will hear it from others this way:

“Eminem was a regular in cyphers during his early years.”


“Jasper had some major verses during the cypher.”


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