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!