Blxckie And Emtee Allege Gatekeeping At Back To The City

Maybe this why is Hip-Hop dead

By  | Oct 02, 2022, 10:50 AM  | Drama

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If you are a Hip-Hop fan, then the much anticipated return of South Africa’s leading Hip-Hop festival Back To The City was a hot ticket to have. This year marked the first year that the festival has officially moved to October, in the summer as it was previously known to have been thrown in the autumn/ winter months of the year.

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Seeing as also the festival coincided with the revival of Hip-Hop as a chart topping and dominating sound besides the local and beloved sound of Amapiano. A lot of expectations were held. But things got interesting as it seems that besides how the crowds might have felt about the event. There was also internal conflicts, seemingly between the “new school” and “old school” pioneers, as “new school’s” Blxckie and Emtee have come to tease their unfavourable experience.

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AKA wins over Back To The City 

While Back To The City announced its list of a number of the leading Hip-Hop acts that were set to take the stage during the festival. There was the announcement of the two surprise acts which would take the stage. One of the surprise acts happened to local legend AKA, who has just released his comeback single Lemons (Lemonade)
But it was his live set that many fell in love with. Pioneered by Kwesta, AKA with his set performed his hit songs and expansive catelogue with a live band, which fans could not get over. 
Other touted performers of the night included A-Reece and Cassper Nyovest. Mufasa made his performance following coming out victorious during his less than two minute row with Priddy Ugly earlier that day.

Seemingly, the event was a success. But it was the artist that seemed to suggest that all was not all that rosy during the festival.
Blxckie and Entee allege fate keeping at Back To the City

One of the ongoing debates in terms of what killed off the “Golden Age” of Hip-Hop is suggested as egos of the rappers who were at the height of their careers during the mid and late 2010s. Hip-Hop artists stopped collaborating, and instead started creating camps within the genre seen through the divide between Hip-Hop acts that worked with Cassper Nyovest and those that worked with AKA. 

However, during the attempt to revive Hip-Hop, many of the legends suggested that they were willing to let go of their egos and ideas of cliques in order to revive the genre. However, it seems that is all lip service and behind the scenes, the camps remain.

This is as Emtee first took to Twitter to post a suggestive post to suggest that his experience at the festival did not yield the type of experience he was looking for. But it was Blxckie’s supporting post which seemed to allude to the fact that it was the gatekeeping they experienced during their stint on the channel which was the cause of their disgruntlement with the series. 
While we might know the details, it is interesting and poses the question, should Hip-Hop be revived. Will it be destroyed by the same people who spearheaded its “revival.”

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