So thanks to Sprite, Hip Hop has been very visible in the past couple of weeks. The Sprite Uncontainable Challenge hit Johannesburg this past weekend. The rooftop experience was held at the Shine Studios, Braamfontein. The weekend before that it was in Durban and the one before that in Cape Town. The winner will get a chance to get mentoring from the great Talib Kweli. That’s a huge thing right?
So, Shine Studios it was. The event was set to start at 7pm, but things started to pick up at around some minutes to 8pm. The setting was incredible, big monitors made it possible for people to not crowd up the stage area, because they could easily get the visuals; it was spacious but not bare. When I got there the two graffiti finalists for the JHB region Stop Dane and Rekso were just about to begin their work of art, so I got to see how everything unfolded to the very end. The end products were mind blowing.
Siz held it down good for the night as the “MC” (Master of Ceremony). The judges also made their appearance on stage and weighted in a bit.
The finalists came in and did their thing on the stage in their respective categories. In the MC battles: Blakrok went up against AbyFab, it’s pretty tough deciding whether AbyFab was hot, with his getting the crowd involved in his performance thing, by having us sing out “repeat” which was mad fun or whether Blakrok was the hotter, with her mad flow. Garth Ricardo went head to head with Fiddy in the B-Boyz battles. Some crazy moves were unleashed there. Even a move including a chair was played out; I was super impressed by that.
I went ballistic when Siya Shezi came up on the stage; I just love this dude’s sound, I just wanted to say “Deep Soweto” the whole time. He handled a young freestyle proper before info-taining us with the track “Bojwala”, that guy is just too good. Smeft was the only one from his group and he handled the performance and killed it alone, proper. “Poverty” is a hot joint. He kept the flow throughout his performance.
I’m always taken back when I see a beat boxer handling his business on the mic. Dude came up and for the first time that night I did not yell out, clap or even dance. I just stood there and watched. He was incredible. Beat boxing and singing at the same time, some people are talented.
Acts for the night included NeoBeats, Optical Illusion, Siya Shezi, Smerf and a nice freestyle session with one of the judges, Reason, had fun with that one. The DJ did a great job as well.
BUT, what is an event without some negativity? On to the bad stuff now- When I got at the reception, the staff seemed prepared enough, sitting down and all but they did not know how much the tickets were as the lady who was helping me out looked for a petty cash register so she can give me change- and I only gave her R50, the required amount and they did not yet have a money box for the money yet. Anyway I’m just glad I got to eat before the food section was closed for the night. If you did not eat, you can always complain that the “kitchen” got closed off way too quickly, but that nice lady did warn us that they would be closing , she was white so you know African time don’t play around there.
I had buckets of fun. The formalities got done and over with. The DJ did his thing and everyone was showcasing their moves, even the Kayembe brothers were up in the mix. Met new people and re-met with old ones, danced as well as I could, clapped hard and screamed loud and quenched my thirst.
Some game players I spotted who came to support were, Tumi, Amunishn, Scoop, Cashtime fam, Glitz Gang, minus Maggz, Ace of Spades, Fred Mercury, Thapelo TTP, Lerato Lefafa and many hip hop publications. As we wait for the 1st of September for the last of it all, do the right thing and go to www.spritehipho.co.za and vote (prizes up for grabs). Salute to sprite for supporting the Hip Hop community. In the name of HIP HOP, AMEN!
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