The Verdict


Lebogang "The-Verdict" Magagane is a South African hip hop artists and MC, born 21st November 1989 in Kimberley the capital city of the Northern Cape. This phenomenon hip hop artist grew up listening to hip hop at an early age influenced by his cousin Martin “Renny-G” Hloae who is a former member of the Ruff Rugget Camp Soldiers, the first hip hop movement in Kimberley.

He started writing his own lyrics at the age of 14 using Krazy-Tunez as his stage name in his early years of high school where he met other MC’s and found his passion for music and took time to groom and master the skill of emceeing, he was part of a group called The Renegade 7, consisting of 7 members .

With his music being influenced by the experiences in life, he puts his thoughts, opinions, mistakes, advise and views on life in his music. He made the decision to be a rap artist while still in school, however he had trouble with mastering the art of Freestyling. When he finally mastered the art of freestyling his schoolmates began calling him The Verdict because that was what he would say every time he dropped a freestyle.

He made a name for himself while performing at local shows, he met with other local MC’s and producers like Boogy G, Term, Krossword, Gapz, Zap family and many others. In 2008 After matriculating, he worked on his first project, a mixtape titled 'The Omen volume 1' which was produced by Krossword and was released in February 2010. The mixtape was also the first offering of The 1st Mayibuye Hip hop sessions in Kimberley on the 28 February 2010, therefore this phenomenon lyricist is the first rapper to have a launch for a mixtape in his hometown.

He also forms part of the team that is steering the Mayibuye Hip Hop Sessions along side Kenneth Van Wyk, Kevin Van Wyk And The Verbal DJ. After the release of his mixtape The Verdict scored more opportunities and in 2011 he was an artist at Ellipses Entertainment under Dj Splidzz, and he was the first black rapper to perform at Lenz Fm, a commercial radio station based In Lenasia in Johannesburg.

In December 2011 he was chosen to be one of the artists that performed at the Absa Bank H.I.V./Aids awareness campaign in Bloemfontein. He released his second mixtape in 2012 that showed his growth as an artist. He was nominated for King Of Northern Cape at the 1st Annual South African Awards three years in a row(2012, 2013 and 2014). He also did a duo mixtape with fellow artist "Anthony Shirm Moipolai". He has shared stage with South African hip hop veteran Proverb at the 2015 Dyme Hip Hop Experience.

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