— Kommanda Obbz launched his album, Tšepe, at apacked Litaleng on Christmas Eve.
Among those who attended the launch were local hip hop heavyweights Skebza, Blitz, L-Tore, Dumanis, Juvenile, Core Wrecker and Olive Brunch.
They performed alongside South African aspiring artistes Red-Button, Ifani and AB-Crazy.
The show was arguably the biggest performing hip hop event Maseru has ever witnessed.
As has become the norm with the majority of gigs in town, the show was scheduled to start as early as 2pm but only started six hours later.
It was a fusion of performances, music, poetry and comedy.
Swagga, Prophetic and Art Form opened the stage with an energetic performance.
Juvenile then stepped on stage and proved why he is a favourite among many.
He sang songs that people loved to dance to and signed off with a tune he recorded with the ailing Fatere.
After that it was comedian Lavas who brought a comical side of hip hop with his hilarious jokes.
Despite the unnecessary beef in the hip hop scene, emcees came together and complimented each other’s talents.
The likes of Olive Branch, T-Mech and Core Wrecker and Dunamis and Ghetto Ice all took part.
Pitso Ramakhula and Neo Beats from South Africa decided to boycott the show without giving any reasons.
However that did not make any difference as acts on the line-up rocked until the wee hours of the morning.
Ifani, also from South African, killed his set with his hit Ewe.
Ifani’s performance and dances simply drove revellers crazy.
His fellow emcee, Red Button, also impressed and got ladies shaking their booties when he performed Shikisha.
His rapping and melody levels with those of number one Kasi Boy, Pro and that alone drove revellers wild.
The man of the show, Kommanda Obbz made it to the stage accompanied by Sledge, Lyrical Bacteria and Dithuoa Majoe and the crowd went wild.
Their two hour set didn’t disappoint as fans chanted and danced along to hits like Hona Joale, Tšepe, Ke lorile, Mahlaba phioe and Taemane among other hits.
Although the fans expected the Tšepe star to close his set and perform, he decided to perform before South Africa’s AB-Crazy.
The fans were not impressed with Kommanda’s decision even though that didn’t spoil the show.
After AB-Crazy stepped on stage with his American style, DJ El-Que on the turntables made it impossible for revellers to go home.
Just as the crowd was jamming to the hip hop jams, Hypnotic Soulz changed the tune to house and the real dancing began.
Asked why he didn’t close his set, Kommanda said: “According to the line-up all acts had performed and I closed the set. A-B Crazy was never booked, we were expecting Cash Time but they never arrived so actually I closed my set.
“We mean business in trying to grow the industry and we want to be taken seriously.
If we book a group we expect them to perform,” he said.