THE organisers of the monthly Dirt Mouth rap sessions have upped the stakes in the final edition of the 2017 contest by increasing the winners’ purse to M10 000 while the loser will also take home M5 000.
Dirt Mouth, also called Versus Lesotho, was launched in June this year to ensure that the ‘beefs’ among local rappers ended in friendly contests instead of violence. The idea is for two rappers to do battle in rhymes before the judges and audience in a friendly manner and also promote rap music in the country.
The first edition was an M1000 winner-takes-all battle held on 29 June, 2017 at Cuban Linx in Maseru and it featured rappers, OG S’Killz and Anonymous in a battle which was won by the former. Kat Law beat Silent Fate to win the M1 000 second edition while TURK beat TIEHO to walk away M3 000 richer in the third edition.
Verbal Kingpin triumphed over Kislev in the fourth edition which also carried M1000 prize money while Prime Zeik walked away M5 000 richer after his opponent Yemba Shungu was disqualified for physically attacking him.
Last month’s edition saw Katlaw beat Tefah to walk away with M3 000.
The December edition which will be held at Cuban Linx on Thursday will see August winner T.U.R.K go head-to-head with September winner Verbal Kingpin.
OG S’Killz will take on Phizzy Khor in the undercut category.
South African rapper, Shane Eagle, who became popular through DJ Switch’s Now or Never banger as well as his own singles such as Need Me, Yellow and Let it Flow, is billed to be the special guest and he is expected to throw in a few rap bars.
There will also be local acts such as T Mech, Iso, Nirex, L-Tore, Nuch, Fatal Verb, Lyrical Potheads, Kot Inferno, Olive Branch and Moddaw. DJs Osmic, Dave Postah, NINE24, Trybz, Konsept and Da Soulvince will also hold it down behind the booth.
In the aftermath of the Prime Zeik- Yemba Shungu debacle, the organisers beefed up security to ensure contenders do not fight again.
The rap battles will continue next year, with plans to host them in different locations around the country.