Day 1 was filled with cyphers, fashion, street culture, basketball, video games and of course, some fiery performances to warm us up on a chilly long weekend in Johannesburg. It all came together in the form of one of the most blockbuster, big-budget experiences I've ever seen.
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Sway Cold Cyphers
When I arrived to a slowly-filling #TicketProDome, international DJ and president of hip hop, Sway Calloway was on stage hosting the Sway Cold Cyphers. I watched as Moozlie, A-Reece and a host of Mzansi's rappers took to the stage but it's fair to say nobody matched the incredible heat and energy that Rouge brought to her Freestyle which just wasn't ending!
Cold Room Conversations
The action on stage was tempered with the insights from the discussions taking place in the Cold Room Conversations. From key conversations around the state of hip hop in South Africa to lessons and experiences from veterans, we got to enjoy constructive conversations about our favourite genre from the most knowledgable players in the game.
We were promised an entire experience on Day 1 and that's exactly what we got. From the Cold Court to the dope art on display to the pop-up stores exhibiting and selling the coolest street attire, it was a day for hip hop culture all round.
Bars on Bars on Bars
But we all know why we came right? For the bars, on bars, on bars. From Moozlie, to Youngsta CPT, to Cassper to AKA, South Africa's finest rappers brought it and didn't hold a single thing back. The wordplay on display was mesmerising to say the least and although each artist only had a small segment in which to perform, it felt as if concert-goers got their full money's worth.
The main headline act, Meek Mill did not disappoint. The boy from Philly has been teasing his first ever performance on African soil for the longest time and he did not disappoint once he stepped on stage. The crowd loved him and he performed with relentless energy from start to finish.
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