Suds smEnd of the Weak Eng­land is offi­cially back for the 2019 sea­son of the world renowned EOW MC Chal­lenge, the planet’s most com­pre­hens­ive and com­plete rap com­pet­i­tion, recently referred to by Hip Hop OG, act­iv­ist and power­ful lyr­i­cist Lupe Fiasco as the “best plat­form to test an emcees skill­set”. Born out of the under­ground, inde­pend­ent and battle scenes of New York in 2000, EOW has spread to 20+ coun­tries on 5 con­tin­ents, and now in its 19thyear, the world final will be fought out on the stages of Brus­sels in Novem­ber. DJ Pro­ceed and the Bel­gi­um fam are ready to host the best that each com­pet­ing com­munity has to offer to find the 2019 EOW World Cham­pi­on.

The first UK heat took place on August 11th at the new hub of Hip Hop in Lon­don cHip sHop Brix­ton, to cel­eb­rate EOW’s new monthly res­id­ency.

The night kicked off with Flex FM’s Oliv­er Sud­den run­ning through a dope sec­tion of breaks, Soul and Hip Hop clas­sic fol­lowed by a set from myself and 2014 world final­ist and organ­iser Mas Law, run­ning through Boom Bap, Elec­tron­ic, 140, Jungle and DnB vibes from our rep­er­toires, set­ting the pace and warm­ing the crowd for our judges PA’s – and our judges were FYAH!

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We star­ted with a true queen of the Lon­don Hip Hop scene, a seasoned emcee, DJ and artist developer, the incred­ible Isatta Sher­iff, and as expec­ted the sis­ter shelled it. Isatta was fol­lowed by anoth­er vet, the Ragga gen­er­al K9 who had just fin­ished the listen­ing party for his new album Blak N Forth earli­er in the day, and he blessed us with a couple reg­gae bangers from there. The trin­ity of judges was com­pleted by the legendary Lon­don lyr­i­cist Big Man­age of Cax­ton Press, back home in the scene that he’s been so influ­en­tial with­in. Everything was set for yet anoth­er dope MC Chal­lenge. The com­pet­it­ors rep­res­en­ted a real range in styles and exper­i­ence, with the return of some dec­or­ated vet­er­ans and some young fresh faces, all ready for our OG DJ Snuff to put them through their paces.


Emerge MC

2017 EOW Eng­land final­ist aka the Ginger Gen­er­al was back with his unique brand of Geez­er Rap, look­ing to go one step fur­ther and make the world finals


Manchester based emcee Amos showed a ser­i­ous level of ded­ic­a­tion, trav­el­ling down south to rep the north and look to take the title of champ back with him.


Teen­age lyr­i­cist whose been mak­ing waves on the scene for a while, spit­tin’ with a level of con­scious matur­ity that a lot of people don’t reach even at much older ages.

Son of Sam­son

One of the best names I’ve heard in a long time, com­ing with a bal­ance of know­ledge and raw­ness all packed into a com­plex, rugged flow.


The nights wild­card entrant, a reg­u­lar at open mics includ­ing Real Deal, drops some of the wild­est punch­lines you’ll hear in Lon­don that’ll leave you baffled for a moment, then go mad when you clock it.


The heat star­ted as expec­ted, with very emcee bring­ing their A‑game for the writ­ten round. Each man demon­strated their own style with accom­plish­ment and there was little to pick between any of them; it was in the second round, where you star­ted to see some light. The acapella round saw Emerge MC put down a deeply heart­felt ded­ic­a­tion to his fath­er, show­ing just how import­ant an influ­ence his dad had been through­out his life. Talk­ing in a way a lot of men don’t feel com­fort­able doing, Emerge laid his emo­tions out in his bars, say­ing ‘if you weren’t old­skool and Irish I’d kiss you’ and stat­ing that even though his dad doesn’t say much, he knows he’s loved as a son, and owes who he is to his old man. Amos put down some dope flows with some more brag­gado­cio lines, and Illus­ive also laid some killer punch­lines, includ­ing ‘My girls like the world­wide web, yours is just a link’ – MAD! But the oth­er stand-out from round 2 was Mala­chi. He dropped some deep sense, with a slow, meas­ured flow, edu­cat­ing his people about his­tory and warn­ing oth­er young­ers about the traps set for them. Inspir­ing words from a young G.


In round 3, Black Santa Kissy K brought out his grab bag to test the emcees free­style game and they all kept the level up, nobody strug­gling but also no one really stand­ing out. Round 4 made that change. When DJ Snuff stepped up to the decks armed with Boom Bap, House, Grime, Dance­hall, Kuduro and more, Emerge, Amos and Mala­chi took fur­ther steps ahead. Emerge looked like he was hav­ing the most fun – at one point chant­ing ‘I’m the beats lov­er, who’s the beat lov­er? I’m the beat lov­er’ while chal­len­ging Snuff to make it more dif­fi­cult. Amos dropped one of the most mem­or­able lines of the night. While flow­ing over the clas­sic Wel­come to Jam­rock, after the icon­ic Ini Kamoze sample ‘Out in the streets, they call it murder, he dropped ‘…and after this, I’m get­ting a bur­ger’! He had the crowd in stiches and showed why he’d been included in this com­pet­i­tion – his free­style was on point.

Round 5, the cypher round got a bit chaot­ic. Every emcee should be drop­ping 4 bars then switch­ing, and let’s just say it didn’t go too smoothly. In everyone’s defence there was a few tech­nic­al dif­fi­culties – mic lead length being one extra obstacle that nobody needs! Even so, the cal­ibre of lyr­ic was still dope, and all the emcees suc­cess­fully com­pleted the chal­lenge, without doubt com­ing out the oth­er side as more roun­ded and con­fid­ent per­formers.

While the scores were being added, we returned to one of the ori­gin­al tra­di­tions of EOW and had a giant open mic cypher, with con­test­ants, judges, hosts and crowd mem­bers all step­ping up to shut it down. It showed just how import­ant plat­forms like EOW and cHip sHop and our uni­fic­a­tion are for real Hip Hop heads. These are places where you come togeth­er as a glob­al Hip Hop fam­ily and express your­self to the level you’re at, and be inspired by top qual­ity artists and lyr­i­cists.

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With the points coun­ted we had a close but clear top 3. With Mala­chi in 3rdand Amos in 2nd, Emerge MC the Ginger Gen­er­al pro­gressed to his latest EOW Eng­land Final, show­ing that ded­ic­a­tion to a craft, enjoy­ing what you do and con­stantly aim­ing to improve gives rewards. He’ll go into that final con­fid­ent, and with time to really work on a strategy for win­ning.

The 2nd heat will be on Fri­day 23rdAugust in Bris­tol at the legendary Star and Gart­ner, saved from clos­ure this sum­mer by a col­lect­ive of Bris­tol based music lov­ers, marked with a cel­eb­ra­tion host­ing the likes of Dami­en Mar­ley, Dave Chap­pelle, Jamz Super­nova and Roni Size. We’ll be down there from 7pm till late, bring­ing the Hip Hop vibes, so all my west coun­try spit­ters, we’ll see you there. The 3rdheat will be back at cHip sHop on Septem­ber 8thwith more being worked out around the coun­try. To be involved, get in touch with us @eowengland on Ins­tagram, or turn up on the night to enter the wild­card chal­lenge.

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Apex Zero

Apex Zero

An emcee, beat­maker, film­maker and writer from Lon­don with Gren­adian roots, Apex Zero has spent his life learn­ing and liv­ing Hip Hop cul­ture, using it to inspire and affect change. Based in Beijing for a few years and reg­u­larly tour­ing the globe, Apex is well trav­elled, and uses the les­sons this provides to inform his art and out­look. He is a mem­ber of the Glob­al­Fac­tion digit­al pro­duc­tion house and the inter­na­tion­al Hip Hop col­lect­ive End of the Weak.

About Apex Zero

Apex Zero
An emcee, beatmaker, filmmaker and writer from London with Grenadian roots, Apex Zero has spent his life learning and living Hip Hop culture, using it to inspire and affect change. Based in Beijing for a few years and regularly touring the globe, Apex is well travelled, and uses the lessons this provides to inform his art and outlook. He is a member of the GlobalFaction digital production house and the international Hip Hop collective End of the Weak.