Rap talent celebrated in Verses of the Year
He’s at it again! SlikourOnLife has for the last year been sharing an urban music website which has featured a ‘verse of the month’ show by Stogie T Molekane, where he evaluates and rates the best, latest hip-hop music verses, achieving a viewership of between 10 000 and 12 000 per month.
It’s these songs and these verses, that were in the running for the 2017 Verse of the Year Awards that was recently held in Braamfontein at Untitled, a club in owned by DJs Kenzhero and Bionic, and was partnered by Hennessy Cognac.
The genius of rap is in the verses, in the poetry and the images that the lyrics depict – and this genius was celebrated at this event.
Says Molekane, “We have all heard a rapper perform magic on a beat, express experiences so personal and private you felt like a sibling, or depict stories so outrageously far-fetched that you wonder if you share the same air. This enchantment comes from trained sorcerers, masters of form, rhythm, quip, wit, and cadence – those who turn the mundane into something else. The Verse of the Year is a tribute to the countless hours spent in front of an empty page or a silent mic making shit up. Who best to honour than the people who translate life for us or make the unattainable a click away.”
Siya Metane, well-known in the hip-hop music industry as Slikour of SlikourOnLife, says Stogie T started this as a yearly social media concept and he trusted us to make it a monthly online webisode that’s now given birth to this possible annual event where lyricism is awarded with a plaque.
“We believe that the lyrics are core to rap music, and the best wordplay, story-telling, and lyricism must be celebrated. Every month we have been impressed at the genius in the words of the rap songs – and we believe that an event that takes our digital platform live and credits what our young writers are producing will add value to their work and bring greater recognition to the genre as a whole.
The winners were:
#12 Maraza – Black Skin (Pick And Pay The Price) [Silver trophy]
#11 Kid Tini – Lawd HamMercy [Sliver trophy]
#10 Maggz – Something Else (featured by Da L.E.S) [Silver trophy]
#9 YoungstaCpt – Better Than Money [Silver trophy]
#8 Zakwe – B.I.S [Silver trophy]
#7 A-Reece – Loyal [Trophy]
#6 Kwesta – Been Thinking Remix (featured by Junior De Rocka) [Silver trophy]
#5 Black Thought – Ng’yekeleni (featured by Cassper Nyovest) [Silver trophy]
#4 YoungstaCpt – Gehard (featured by Miss Celaneous) [Silver trophy]
#3 Kid X – Skebe Dep Dep (featured by DJ Capital) [Silver trophy]
#2 Kwesta – Hyena [Silver trophy]
Hennessy People’s Choice award (voted for by fans on social media) – A-Reece [Gold trophy]
#1 Ginger Trill – Nobody (Interlude) [Gold trophy]
Metane says, “Congratulations to every writer of every word that featured in our inaugural SlikourOnLife Verse of the Year Awards. The magic will continue with the Stogie T Verse of the Month show on SlikourOnLife – and we will be back next year with another live Verse of the Year Awards.”
Check out the winning verses on www.slikouronlife.co.za