Last night was the finals for the Iron MC Hi battles brought to you by The Republik & Bacardi. An awesome event that showcased local talent and pushed the voice of the local people. A competition that started off with 12 contestants and trickled down to a top 4. Last night the top 4 MCs battled it out song for song in a race for the grand prize of 1000$ and all the respectfully earned bragging rights as Hawaii’s IRON MC.
This energetic, wild performer goes by the name of Kwalified representing the WORKHOUSE ohana. You can tell by the look in his eyes that Kwalified gives nothing but his all during any of his live performances. I have seen it first hand, many times and each time the energy grows. Kwalified was the wildcard emcee that got the fourth spot in the finals. Though Kwali didn’t take the crown, I am sure of it, that everyone in attendance last night will remember this monstrous performers name. Say it with me now, KWALIFIED! Check out his track “Black ECW” which he performed during last nights performance.
This MC goes by the name of J Shiu representing the OTE ohana. J Shiu has been grinding relentlessly to prove his spot as a top MC in Hawaii’s Hip-Hop scene. And thats exactly what J Shiu has proved over the past 4 weeks. The westside local boys swagger on stage and smooth demeanor captivates the crowd with ease. From the moment he grips the microphone, he’s cool, calm and collective, even when things can get a little bit heated. (You’d know what I am talking about if you came to last weeks Semi Final round for the Iron MC Hi) J Shiu came up short from a victory but as long as this young local boy keeps grinding his time to shine will surly come. Check out J Shiu’s latest release titled “Far Alone” a cover he released through his soundcloud.
Now this young MC goes by the name of Rob Mizo also repping the OTE ohana. All I can say is wow, Mizo killed it every week from start to finish. I have to be honest, I wasn’t to sure about Mizo when week 1 started but he proved me wrong over and over again. Rob Mizo got the passion, style and substance of a great MC. Tatted on his body he shows his pride in his culture and passions. Engrained in his lyrics he showcases his pride and passions even further. To the way he handled every obstacle that came his way during each week proved that Rob Mizo is here to make a mark in Hawaii Hip-Hop history. Making it to the Final round in the Finals, Mizo was very close to victory. Though it fell short of his reach, all I can say is Mizo keep pushing and perfecting your craft. Your’e an Iron MC, you proved that last night! Mizo doesn’t have any current solo tracks to my knowledge but below is a cypher where Rob starts the momentum with his OTE ohana.
Alright so this MC right here goes by the name of Punahele, representing Makaha and all of the Westside. First of congratulations to the first ever IRON MC in Hawaii. Punahele proved that he was here for the crown since week 1. Coming out on top every week, Punahele is a force to be reckoned with. From knowledge of the culture, freestyling, battling other MCs and even himself, Punahele proved why he was crowned 2015s Iron MC. MCs, spectators even his haters if he has any, have to give it up to this talented MC. Vulgar language and comedy with a twist of knowledge, ad-libbing himself during his sets with random CHEE-HUUS, throwing the Shaka high in the sky, speaking Hawaiian in-between transitions, Punahele is the epitome of a Hawaiian MC. He definitely made every week very enjoyable to attend. I am very excited to see whats next for this young Kanaka, all I know is that he is going to take Hawaii with him wherever the road of success takes him. Take a listen to an older track from the IRON MC Punahele titled “Bed of Nails” and stay posted for more releases from the young kanaka.