On March 31, the final episode of Mnet’s “High School Rapper” crowned its winner after contestants delivered their impressive performances featuring special guests.
The seven final contestants, including Choi Ha Min, Yang Hong Won, Jo Wonwoo, Kim Kyu Hun, Kim Sun Jae, Lee Dong Min, and NCT’s Mark, battled it out in a final match. The theme of their final mission was “letter.” The winner will be releasing a track produced by Tiger JK, the special judge for the final performances.
First up was contestant Lee Dong Min, who displayed his powerful rapping skills with rappers G2 and Don Mills. Tiger JK remarked, “I didn’t expect much, but he did so well in the beginning. He will become a better rapper if he just works on his breathing.” Lee Dong Min received a score of 202 out of 300 points.
The second contestant was Kim Sun Jae, who collaborated with SISTAR’s Hyorin. He garnered a total of 224 points and was complimented by Tiger JK for his unique lyrics dedicated to his close friend.
Next up was Kim Kyu Hun, who delivered a sorrowful performance with lyrics about his late grandfather. He received a total of 189 points.
NCT’s Mark, who was joined by Red Velvet’s Seulgi, garnered 184 points. After watching his performance, Tiger JK stated, “He received a lot of criticism for being under an agency, but because he practiced a lot, he was able to impress the audience.”
The next contestant was Choi Ha Min, who moved the audience to tears with his song dedicated to his family. His mentor Swings stated that Choi Ha Min is ready to be an artist, and Tiger JK praised him, saying, “This is real hip hop.” In the end, Choi Ha Min garnered 244 points for his powerful performance.
Jo Wonwoo prepared a stage for his father and showed off impressive rap skills that left the judges satisfied. He received a total of 243 points.
The last contestant was Yang Hong Won, who wrote a song about his controversial past and his desire to change into a better man. After watching his performance, Tiger JK commented, “He’s like a professional. I think he will become big.” Yang Hong Won ended up with 246 points, narrowly defeating Choi Ha Min by two points and taking home the crown. “It was really difficult but I won,” he said with a smile.
Meanwhile, rapper Swings, who appeared as a mentor on the show, was revealed to have been edited out from this episode as much as possible. This action was taken in response to the latest controversy surrounding the lyrics for his track “Uncomfortable Truth” that was released back in 2010. He has been receiving criticism for his lyrics aimed at Hwanhee and Junhee, the children of the late actress Choi Jin Shil. His controversial lyrics consist of the lines, “Uncomfortable truth (jinshil)? You’re all just Hwanhee and Junhee. There’s no truth (jinshil). You’re the only ones left.”
What do you think of the final results?