The event took place at Kimisagara Youth Center on December 8, 2019 dubbed “EU Hip Hop Festival #BattleOfRappers” organized as part of the "European Autumn of Culture", a set of annual public diplomacy activities to bridge the music culture between Rwanda and Europe, giving an opportunity for young and aspiring hip hop artists to showcase their talent.
The judges included Producer Patrick Bugingo Ndanga well known as Pastor P, Angell Mutoni well known in Hip Hop, and the Greek Takis who is also a producer and proprietor of African Sound Records, Soulakellis Panagiotis.
Among the 50 rappers who registered for the competition, only 10 made it to the finals last Sunday.
Among the ten, four were eliminated, and there remained Mazimpaka Pacifique, Iradukunda Jules, Gasirikare Yves, Aime Musabyimana, Rukundo Christian and Rhabia Mutesi.
Finally, those went through returned on stage and competed two by two. From them were chosen three who were given impromptu topics around the youth from which they instantly composed rap songs.
The first three were Rhabia, Gasirikare Yves [Gas II] and Rukundo Christian [Chris Eazy]. In the end, Rhabia won third place, Chris Eazy won second place, and Gas II took the throne.
Gas II, 25, said he was delighted to take the first place even if it was not easy and that he was battling musicians who are strong in Hip Hop genre.
He said: “I am very delighted. I was not confident, but having made the first step and believed that everything else would work out is all that gave me the courage.”
This was not Gas II’s first competition to attend. He once attended Isangano na Muzika prepared by journalist Phil Peter but did not reach far.
Gas II will produce a mixtape of 12 songs in Greece with the help of Producer Takis under sponsorship of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines that will cater for his air ticket.
DJ Infinity played the music, Nkusi Arthur was the MC, and both Bulldogg and Angel Mutoni performed for the audience.
Last year, the European Union in Rwanda prepared a competition for DJs which was won by DJ Kiss.