MTV Base 2015 SA’s Hottest MCs panel revealed: Sizwe Dhlomo as the host


Sizwe Dhlomo facilitates this year’s star-studded panel. Fred Kayembe, Vukile Zondi and Melanie Triegaardt take part in 2015’s most anticipated hip-hop list. #BaseHottestMC.

Tune into MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November as VJ Sizwe Dhlomo hosts the year’s most anticipated music industry debate: MTV Base’s ‘SA’s Hottest MCs”.

Sizwe will be presiding over a panel of industry heavyweights for this year’s roundtable discussion. New this year are comedian Loyiso Gola, Metro FM afternoon drive DJ T’bo Touch, Hype magazine Editor Fred Kayembe, 5FM DJ Ms Cosmo and Gagasi FM’s Vukile Zondi, who join Hottest MC veterans recording artist and entrepreneur Slikour, and MTV Base’s very own Music Programmer, Melanie Triegaardt.

After last year’s game-changing countdown ignited a social media firestorm, trending worldwide for two days, MTV Base anticipates huge interest in the 2015 list as the year’s biggest hip hop players are analyzed and rated by a panel of industry experts.

The panelists will judge artists on a range of criteria including sales, style, impact, lyrics, buzz and other intangible factors.

“I am excited about being in this panel but most significantly being in one room as such creative geniuses – an abundance of creative people with a lot of experience in the music industry. This will create an impact on music sales, on how charts are being formulated,” says Metro FM DJ T’bo Touch.

“It will be very interesting to see how the panel change affects the debate, and the impact it will have on the final list,” adds Ms Cosmo.

“MTV is about work, visibility; we are looking at numbers, who had the most influence,” says Slikour.

“I tweet about rap at least once a day. I kind of know what the game is about even though it’s not the gospel” says Loyiso Gola.

“A lot of things inform the kind of people we have on the panel. Some of those things are credibility, influence and power,” comments facilitator Sizwe Dhlomo.

“SA’s Hottest MCs 2015” premieres on MTV Base on Thursday 26 & Friday 27 November at 16:30 CAT. A full 1 hour special will air on Saturday 28 November at 11:00 CAT as part of the “Hottest MCs Takeover Weekend” on MTV Base.