6 weeks of lyrical “dopeness” and intense bars came to a crescendo yesterday as 24 year old Franklyn Ikemefuna – stage name VADER– earned the bragging rights as Nigeria’s hottest MC by winning the 4th season of Hennessy Artistry’s VS Class.
The Ibadan based rapper ably represented the lyrical prowess that the ancient city possesses by emerging the best out of the 40 rappers chosen to participate on the live Radio competition after keenly contested live and online audition sessions about 2 months ago.
His journey to the prize wasn’t smooth either; after losing in the finals of 2nd season of the show, VADER exhibited the Never Stop Never settle spirit by coming back to the Hennessy VS Class arena to battle for the right to be called the best upcoming MC in Nigeria. Although he lost the final of his Week 3 Group; the Class Master for VS Class 2017, Vector, made him his wild card pick for the grand finale and VADER never looked back as he out rapped and out battled 7 other gifted MCs to win the competition.
Speaking on emerging as the winner of the 4th Season of Hennessy VS Class, VADER said “I feel I had to lose in order to win and I sincerely appreciate the Class Master, Vector. He has always been a mentor, every time I see him, there is always something to learn. I was built for this type of competition. I was made for this”.
It was evident that his past losses drove him to focus on ensuring his final performance was energetic, intense and lyrical. He took daring shots at his opponent Dabu the Gemini and was the unanimous choice of the studio judges and social media
As the winner, VADER wins album deal with ARISTOKRAT records; he will also undergo an intense one year mentorship with the Class Master Vector the Viper, who will work with him to hone his craft on the album.
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