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July 10, 2015

LAG’s Finest 3: REP YOUR HOOD. Coming Soon..

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In August 2007, Skillz Entertainment organized a Hip-hop Battle event tagged “Lag’s Finest”. The competition was aimed at rewarding the best ‘Emcee’ (Rapper) in Lagos, Nigeria. The Battle
lasted for 3 weeks with 8 finalists emerging from the two initial episodes resulting in a battle of

winners in the third and final episode, where a winner (Dark Poet) and runner-up (Felony)
emerged. The hype and attendance received from the competition was massive, not to
mention the awesome display of raw talent by the competitors. The call and anticipation for
another edition gave rise to the conception of Lag’s Finest II, the second edition of the event.


In April, 2008 the British Council indicated its interest in sponsoring Lag’s Finest II under the
aegis of its Words and Pictures (WAPI) initiative. The event showcased lyrical skills, creative
punch lines, imaginative metaphors, and rhymes from some of Lagos City’s best ’emcees’. Apart from the rap battle itself, Lag’s Finest II propagated a message; being the best at whatever you
do, No matter what your talent is, ‘just be your best’. Hence the catch phrase for Lag’s Finest II was: ‘DARE TO STAND OUT’ the audition for Lag’s Finest II was held on Saturday the 28th of
August, 2008 at the Amphitheatre-Unversity of Lagos. A total of 16 ’emcees’ were selected from
the audition. The preliminary stage of the event took place on Saturday the 19th of July, 2008
at the British Council, with Hip-Hop artists like: Mode 9, Ikechukwu, Toni Doe (Radio
Continental) & Dark Poet (Lag’s Finest I) on the panel of judges, while M.I and Mofe Duncan
played host. 8 finalists emerged from this stage to proceed to the finals (main event), which

held at the main auditorium, University of Lagos on Saturday 23 August, 2008. The finals
witnessed an uncanny display of talent and wit by the contestants, but it was Chijioke Onouha
A.K.A C-Jay that won the crown of the best Emcee in Lagos City (Lag’s Finest II).

In 2010, we held a series of promotional/hype events tagged “Lag’s Finest Pre-Sessions”, the
first of which took place at La Cache, GRA, Ikeja-Lagos. The second Pre-Session held at Koko
Lounge, E-Center, Sabo-Yaba, Lagos. While the third edition of the Pre-Session series took place
at O’neil Sports bar, Herbert Macaulay Rd, Yaba, Lagos. The Grand Pre-Session was the last of
these series of events and it held on Friday December 10, 2010 at Swe Bar, City Mall, Onikan,
Lagos. The event was mind blowing with performances from known Hip-hop acts like Blaise, Pope, Psalmurai (Kaliphate) and also upcoming ones like C-Jay (Lag’s Finest 2), Dez (Channel O
Emcee Africa) & J’Berg. However, the most exciting part was the rap battles from our Hip-hop


Is the third edition in the series of events. This edition aims to raise the bar by making the event
grander than its predecessors. The catch phrase for Lag’s Finest III is ‘Rep ur Hood’. One of the core values of Hip-hop culture is the attachment to locality, the element of neighborhoods
(hoods in urban lingua) is central to the culture. As such, Lag’s Finest III intends to portray an
even representation of Lagos State urban neighborhoods by drawing contestants from all over
the metropolis to represent their ‘hoods’. The Prize reward for Lag’s Finest III is One Million



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