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[S01E08] Street Rap Battle | Mzolis, Gugulethu | P.A.T vs Imie Vanie Delft

With the first Season 1 of the OWN THE BLOCK street rap battle league drawing to a close, we take you inside one of the most popular townships in Cape Town for Episode 8. Gugulethu AKA ‘Gugs’ is a township 15 km from Cape Town, South Africa. Though much more tranquil than it was under apartheid, Gugulethu is still a troubled area.

A major tourist attraction, Mzoli’s is a butchery in Gugulethu, described as an open-air shack restaurant grilling meat as customers sit at plastic tables or dance to local bands.

The diverse crowd made for the perfect setting to the rap battle as we were joined by foreigners and locals who all gathered to see the live street rap battle between local favourite P.A.T repping Gugulethu and OTB signee Imie Vanie Delft representing Delft.

The battle turned out to be an interesting one as the local favourite turned out to be a local disaster and the battle didn’t make it to round 3 as the crowd had seen enough – and as you know at OTB the crowd has the final say!

A lesson for some, if you step up to Own The Block and you don’t know your game then you will be put to shame.

Watch and see why the full rap battle never made it past round 2!

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[S01E07] Street Rap Battle | Promenade Mall | ALLY B vs LNV

OWN THE BLOCK is back! For Episode 7 we went right into one of South Africa’s largest townships, Mitchells Plain.

Mitchells Plain known for its gangsterism and drug abuse, it is located on the Cape Flats on the False Bay coast between Muizenberg and Khayelitsha where the street rap battle took place.

Considered a “model township” by the apartheid government, it was built during the 1970’s to provide housing for coloured victims of forced removal due to the implementation of the Group Areas Act of 1950. Although Mitchells Plain is no longer officially a “coloured township,” the overwhelming majority of its residents are still coloured.

The Promenade Mall attracted a diverse, jam-packed crowd that was full of energy and thirsty for action as the cypher session was on FIRE well before the battle even took place! In the crowd were amongst others, shoppers, taxi drivers and of cause “gaatjies” too, who all gathered to watch the young emcees spit some real FREESTYLE rhymes – ALLY B from Retreat, take on the “hometown hero” LNV from Mitchells Plain.

Check out the full rap battle to see how it all went down!

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[S01E06] Street Rap Battle | Charley’s Bakery | KNO vs Slum Lord Swigz

Own The Block meets USA. CAPE TOWN turned up in their numbers to watch the highly anticipated battle between Slum Lord Swigz and KNO at the popular Charley’s Bakery in CPT. Charley’s Bakery situated in District 6 was the chosen location.

This is the first battle where security had to step in and take control as shit got real heated as the battle turned personal real quick. Both rappers brought BARS and were lyrically on point, with Swigz more rehearsed while KNO was more improvised it made for a spectacular showdown.

To add to it, Own The Block welcomes Salim El Bey of the Travel & Hip Hop show USA to co-host the rap battle with Tyler The Instigator. Salim El Bey (brother to Yasiin Bey – Mos Def) originally from Brooklyn, New York travels the world to showcase the different cultures that exist in various parts of our land with special emphasis on the hip hop industry.

As such we figured it would be a great way to bridge the gap internationally and invited the brother to be a part of the movement and allow him to witness first-hand how it goes down in Kaapstad, the real Kaapstad not Long street, none of that 7de laan k@k! And TRUST, we did just that! If you missed all the other episodes of #OwnTheBlock – this is one not to be missed!

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[S01E05] Street Rap Battle | Cape Town Taxi Rank | Lyle Styles vs Jamie Palm

We bring you another installment of Own The Block as Lyle Styles makes his OTB debut representing Steenberg, takes on Jamie Palm (current Grand Parade OTB champion) from Woodstock at the Cape Town taxi rank located on the deck directly above the train station, the central hub for most commuters traveling in and out of the CBD.

Minibus taxis are a source of pride to most South Africans and they can be 90% cheaper than metered taxis. They also run everywhere and operate at all hours, but they have a terrible safety record as the South African Institute of Race Relations has measured that you are 3 times more likely to die in a minibus taxi accident than in a car, in general we do not recommend using minibus taxis as they are often problematic and hazardous on the road.

BUT that didn’t stop Own The Block from hosting a rap battle right there!

 

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[S01E04] Street Rap Battle | Wynberg Taxi Rank | Equinox vs Storm

OWN THE BLOCK is back! This week we taking it to the grimy streets of Wynberg in Cape Town, right on the taxi rank is where the battle will go down. Wynberg is home to the outspoken Cape Town-born rapper, Youngsta. Youngsta aka YoungstaCPT is well-known for his harsh and factual lyrical capabilities which have earned him immense street credit, but on the contrast have also resulted in him not being recognised in the mainstream however, times are changing and the rapper is undoubtedly one of the realest MC’s in the SA Hip Hop industry. As Wynberg taxi rank is the chosen location, who better to have HOST the rap battle than the boy himself, YoungstaCPT.

The taxi rank attracted a solid crowd amongst others, taxi drivers, “gaatjies” and street vendors, who all gathered to see the young emcees – Equinox from Plumstead, take on Storm CPT from Steenberg (both of which happens to be their first rap battle) all for the love of hip hop.

Check out the full rap battle video to see who will OWN THE BLOCK!

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Street Rap Battle | The Old Biscuit Mill | Mafa aka “The Villain Himself” vs Dexxtris
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[S01E03] Street Rap Battle | The Old Biscuit Mill | Mafa aka “The Villain Himself” vs Dexxtris

The Old Biscuit Mill situated in the bustling Woodstock of Cape Town, not too far from the CBD see’s Mafa aka “The Villain Himself” who originates from Mafikeng but now resides in Cape Town take on Dexxtris from Somerset West, which probably explains why Dexxtris was an hour late for the battle.

Nevertheless the Mill attracted several locals and many tourists who were left gobsmacked by the mean rhymes and witty lyrics shared by the two Emcees as they got to witness all the action first hand. It started off lightly but went from zero to a hundred REAL quick as shots were fired (and I don’t mean gun shots) and tempers were tested. It was definitely no easy decider, the crowd had a tough time on deciding who OWNS THE BLOCK, however at the end of the day the crowd has the final say.

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Own The Block - Street Rap Battle - SLUM LORD SWIGZ vs CHARLTON SMITH
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[S01E01] Street Rap Battle | Cape Town Station | Slum Lord Swigz vs Charlton Smith

The FIRST episode of #OwnTheBlock brings you a battle outside the Train Station in the CBD of the beautiful Mother City. We had an INTENSE battle as both rappers brought their A-Game, defs came down to the final round! Its always difficult when stepping onto the BLOCK and spitting rhymes, its even more difficult when the crowd decides. But hats-off to both rappers and RESPECT to the CHAMP!

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