The final three: Nya, Tyeler and Sire.

Who won ‘The Rap Game’ season 5?

Originally posted Thursday, May 7, 2019 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Tyeler Reign, a 16 year old from Los Angeles, took home the season five prize on Jermaine Dupri’s “The Rap Game” Thursday and will sign with Atlanta-based So So Def Records.

“She has the total package,” Dupri said after he gave her the chain.

“I can’t believe I won,” she said after almost being eliminated week one. 

She just beat out Atlanta’s Sire, a cocky 14 year old who lives in a crowded trailer with 10 people and was seriously banking on this contract to help his family get out of poverty. 

Sire loves doing back flips and being altogether crazy hyped up and super confident. 

Dupri liked his energy and his message but felt like his “antics” overshadowed his artistry.

Tyeler was almost eliminated week one but ultimately bounced back. She ranked No. 1 more than any other contestant over the weeks and was considered the best rapper of the group. Dupri’s only issue with her was her relative lack of style, which he considers important. But he decided he could mold her so he signed her over Sire. 

In third was Nya from Detroit, who had a real good look but her rhymes didn’t always pop consistently. Dupri thinks she needs more seasoning. 

During rehearsals before the final performances, only Tyeler was able to get through unscathed from Rapsody, a rapper helping them out. She wanted Sire to break up his dancing so his performance would have peaks and valleys. And she gave Nya tips on how to keep from sounding out of breath. 

All three ultimately did well at the Buckhead Theatre so Dupri went with his gut. 

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.