Keeping local talent top of mind in all that we do is vital and I was pleased to hear that SA’s top lyricists were recently honoured at the second annual Verse of the Year Awards, which was held in Braamfontein. Founded by hip hop veteran, Stogie T, the event celebrated artists who delivered the best verses over 2018.

Attended by over 150 industry leaders, music executives, artists and media, the fun-filled intimate event was a true celebration of hip hop.

Guests included the Verse of the Year judges Stogie T, Zubz, Sabelo Mkhabela and Mercia Tucker. Also in attendance was YFM’s DJ Sabby, hip hop curators Helen Herimbi and Azizar Mosupi, Vth Season’s Ninel Musson and MTV’s Sandile Ntshingila amongst many others.

The top ten winners announced included Laylizzy (TXI), Zakwe (Sebentin Remix), Jovislash (The Dagga Song), Ginger Trill (The High End Freestyle) Captain (The ReUp Ft), Reason (Father Figure Ft), Kid Tini (Movie), A-Reece (Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself Pt. 2), and Kwesta (Biskop Ft). Rap superstar Nasty C took the overall prize with the best Verse of the Year award for his verse on the hugely popular track Wuz Dat (Ft).

A newcomer to the game, Touchline took home the Hennessy People’s Choice Award with over 700 public online votes.

Awards founder Stogie T concluded the evening, “A huge shout out to every artist featured in this year’s Verse of the Year Awards. These awards were created to salute hip hop and to celebrate the skill and the art form of MC’ing.”

He added, “As always, the magic continues on SlikourOnLife with the monthly Verse of the Month which will resume next month. And of course, see you all next year at the 3rd annual Verse of the Year Awards.”

Hip hop heavyweights Priddy Ugly and Rouge closed off the evening with live performances post the formal announcements…

List of Winners…

Laylizzy – TXI
Zakwe – Sebentin Remix
Jovislash – The Dagga Song
Ginger Trill – The High-End Freestyle
Captain – The ReUp (Ft)
Reason – Father Figure (Ft)
Kid Tini – Movie
A-Reece – Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself Pt. 2
Kwesta – Biskop (Ft)
Nasty C – Wuz Dat (Ft)
Touchline – 5 Grand (Hennessey People’s Choice Award)

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