The series started with 16 rappers and there are now four finalists. The winner will receive R5 000 cash prize, a bursary at Boston City Campus together with Soul Candi, as well as free studio time at Cape Audio College.
#OwnTheBlock Rap Battles aims to provide the platform for those up-and-coming South African artists to get the recognition they deserve for their efforts in a relatively young but growing industry.
#OwnTheBlock features all elements of hip hop culture, including freestyle battles, a cappella emcee battles, DJ sets, live performances by hip-hop/rap artists, live graffiti artists, breakdancing and local clothing exhibitions.
Rap battles are usually three rounds, with Round 1 being 30 seconds, Round 2 being 60 seconds and the final Round being 90 seconds. Although significant main event battles will sometimes have 2 minute rounds, there will also be instances of unlimited rounds. A coin flip usually decides who goes first, and the emcees alternate after each round. Sometimes however, the battlers will decide between themselves off camera who will go first, and in a championship match, the champion will decide who goes first. Crowd then picks the winner (there may be instances where a judge panel will be used in main events).
In recent times #OwnTheBlock has led the way in introducing a new platform of battling in South Africa and is the only Street Rap Battle event in SA having being founded in 2016.
Check out the lasts on #OwnTheBlock TV:
#DontChokeRapChallenge in Cape Town
FINALS: 22 DECEMBER 2016 at Mercury Night Club
4 RAPPERS 3 BATTLES 1 NIGHT
DOORS OPEN: 8PM till late (Battles start at 11PM)
HOSTED BY: YoungstaCPT & Tyler The Instigator
Strictly NO U18s