As they say in hip-hop, the ‘beef’ between Macky II, representing Kopala Swag, and Slap D, the XYZ leader, will take another dimension with a show this Thursday, 24th December, at Hollywood City in Lusaka involving the two artistes, who have undoubtedly dominated the genre since CRI$I$ released the first Zambian hip-hop album , “Officer-in-Charge.
They say beef fuels hip-hop, and it seems the two want to religiously tag that line.
The beef between Macky II and Slap D may not be on the levels of, say, Tupac vs Notorious B.I.G, NWA vs Ice Cube, Jay Z vs Nas, Meek mill vs Drake ;but it still has own place locally.
Debate as to who is better between Macky II and Slap D tends to be emotive, exposing the divide between those with roots on the Copperbelt and those who have grown up in the capital city.
It is a debate that can never be settled.
But the two camps have now decided to take the beef to the stage for fans to judge who is the best.
“The beef has been on-going for a long time now, so we thought let’s do this once and for all. It’s taken us like three months to convince them [Macky II and Slap D] to do this. So, we’re going to have XYZ on one hand, and Kopala on the other. We’re calling it judgment day; it’s not a reconciliation thing,” Macky II’s manager Shawn, flanked by Slap D’s manager Harry, told the Weekend Mail in Lusaka.
“They will perform all their songs, throughout their journeys. The two have shared the stage before, but that’s in nightclubs, say, where East Point invites them. But this is the first exclusive show organised by the two camps.
“In terms of security, we’ll have about 26 police officers providing security. So, safety-wise, we’re not worried. And also, this being the rainy season, we thought Hollywood will do as a venue because its in-doors,” said Shawn.