The Hip Hop SeaZon 20 lineup featured a range of diverse emcees from all over New York City, as well as places like South Carolina, Florida, and Virginia. All of the Hip Hop hopefuls made their way to Queens for a shot at the title and a $1000 dollar prize.
Group A was full of promising emcees representing Houston, Brooklyn and Harlem, among other places. One of the more memorable performers from the group was E. Bandit, a female artist with a promising flow. E. Bandit, who rocks a mask while performing so that the audience can focus on her performance instead of her looks, impressed everyone with her bass-heavy track and ability to connect with the crowd. Next up was Getem Grimez, who flew in from Utah to attend the showcase. The Queens representative performed with great energy and even busted out a few dance moves.
Before Group B had a chance to do their thing, there was a dope B-Boy battle and a feature performance from former Hip Hop Showcase champ, She Real, who blessed the stage with her “Ladies Night” and Puffy Daddy sampled hits.
Pittsburgh rapper/singer Fa’ness was the first one to hit the stage for Group B, followed by Brooklyn emcee, Malik Rashad who dedicated his performance to “anyone who wants to be free in life”. Representing Washington, D.C., 20-year-old rapper, Y.A.O. was also a standout among group B, as well as Buddah Baby, also out of D.C., while Ezzy Loc from Virgina sent the crowd into an uproar with his trap and Step Curry inspired “30 for 30”. Lastly, Sluggodadon out of Queens capped off the Group B performances, and kept the crowd hype the entire time he was on stage.
Before Group C got started, another Hip Hop SeaZon champ, Suzanne Christine, from Philly, blessed us with her upbeat and heartfelt R&B, singing songs, “Adrenaline Rush” and “Where’s The Love”. Like the other two groups, Group C was also a talented bunch, and featured performances by emcees like December Dey Dey representing the Bronx, and Prospekt out of Maryland, who impressed the crowd with his fast flow.
Ultimately, it was Queens representative Sluggodadon who took home the title, winning over the judges and the crowd with his energy and hunger to deliver an over the top performance. Look out for more from Sluggodadon in the coming months and keep up to date with the moves he’s making by following him on Twitter at Sluggo_Da_Don and on Instagram at Sluggodadon.
– David Nazario