In keeping with its ‘Hip-Hop politics’ theme, the 6th annual South African Hip-Hop Awards (#SAHHA2017), looked like something out of Parliament.
The whole thing started during when DJ Bionic was played off during his acceptance speech for this year’s Honorary Award, which the legend shared with DJ Blaze (who couldn’t make it to the ceremony).
Stogie T, known to most as Tumi, ditched his performance of his hit single By Any Means to address the apparent disrespect pioneers of South African hip-hop get from the newer generation.
In one of the most hip-hop moment of the night, Stogie dropped his mic a few bars into the track and took to the podium to give a heartfelt and shot-laden speech on behalf of DJ Bionic. His point: the tremendous success of South African hip-hop in the last few years was the inseparable result of the work put in by pioneers such as Bionic, Amu and himself.
“I know sometimes I get in my feelings and I call people out…this is hip-hop, If my words offend you, they were meant to,” Stogie said before proceeding to name ‘new school’ rappers (including Cassper Nyovest) who had, in the past, been helped by the OG’s, himself included.
A few moments later, Cassper got to the podium to collect his statuette for Album of the Year (his 6th for the night) and, at the very end of his acceptance speech, said this:
— Amogelang Maluleka (@Amo_Maluleka_) December 13, 2017
Yup. That’s Cassper firing back at Tumi’s tirade, claiming that Stogie ‘ain’t done shit’ for [him]’. Things got even more buck when Stogie T, making his way back into the theatre from backstage was booed by members of the audience before leaving the venue.
— THUTO 👑ひ (@th6to) December 13, 2017
But it was all in the spirit of hip-hop and we hope both these guys, and the fans, see it for what it is.