It was all the way live at the event on September 25th, 2018 at the Slay Lounge, in the Lush Mall, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria. It was a house full of undiscovered, underground, unsigned gems in one place at any given time.
Gochi (The Hennessy Season 5 winner) was in the house. He said, “…gimme a canoe and a paddle of I’ll steal them both (boat)…”. The FUBU-jersey wearing Timmy V said, “I went with marry Anna (Marijuana) cos I lost a concubine”.
The list of contestants went thus; Gochi, Timmy V, Storm (the energetic Enugu rapper), Spikey, ObaLurge, JD, OJ White, Brown, Protege, Patogen, the disabled but relentless Omen-T, Hausa-spitting Henchino, MJC, Young Zilli, KT, Chizi, MomentWay, Hertz the Ugandan representative (with an uncanny, splitting image of rapper M.I.) and Dr. Prince; a.k.a. the only rapper “na egbu oja” (with the local Igbo flute).
It was a tough one one for the judges – who were three, and then became four – and the became 5! A lot of deliberating before they produced the top 3 (Patogen, Hertz and Dr. Prince). More deliberations as they called one more rapper (Timmy V), making it “Top 4” so they can be paired of two-on-two. After another round among the four who were instructed to go at it 8-bar a-piece and to keep it rotating until they are asked to stop. What?! Come here wetin young ‘uns dey yarn. This final round (Round 6, if I may) was where only the one rapper who was consistent with his, from the beginning – creative freestyling, dope punchlines, relatable rhymes, wittiness, funny – materialized as the last man standing; none other than Dr. Prince, who became the night’s winner of the “End of the Weak” MC Challenge for Season 1/Episode 1.
Guest acts who thrilled us included Obawaver (initiating everyone with his infectious new single, “Sup Boy” which is growing to be a dope new street anthem, the rapping duo of Tentik & Th3 Ghost (who really reminded me of Das Efx from back in the day with the way they were expertly slanging rhyme back and forth, tag-team style), the slanguistical DQ was on point, female rapper Fega Michaels became one of the night’s favourites as she left all in a frenzy with her two new singles, also spitting her game was LaLa (a.k.a. Lala Fresh) and all this nice-ness was crowned by the performances of two of the judges; Terry The Rapman & female emcee Phlow (of the Str8buttah fame).
Special appearances by Corzette Branford; a music head/songwriter and lover of Hiphop all the ways from Long beach, California, Rap Radio Africa’s Bionic & Mr. Smith, rapper Ronin’ Blade, the enigmatic emcee Moses Audu and Mich Blunt.
Phew! What a night?
Special shouts to Loud Base for putting together a dope one for the kulture, our genre. The most intelligent music genre!