Jermaine Dupri’s The Rap Game crowned a season 5 winner Thursday night, and fans had a lot to say.
Los Angeles rapper Tyeler Reign, 16, took home the chain and a contract with So So Def Records.
“She has the total package,” Dupri said about Reign, whose fierce lyrics, energetic performances and positive attitude carried her over the finish line.
“This is so exciting,” Reign said. “I can’t believe I won.”
— Tyeler Reign (@reigntyeler) March 1, 2019
The teen was almost eliminated in the first week. But she continued to show improvement over ten weeks of competition and ranked number 1 more than anyone else in the game.
With Miami rapper, Queen Amaya, and Chattanooga’s Eli Triplett sent home over the past couple of weeks, that left Nya Kasan and Sire in the house.
Atlanta’s Sire came in second place. The 14-year-old and his fast-talking, race-baiting momager, Brandi, left the competition heartbroken after missing out on the contract they desperately wanted to help lift their family out of poverty and a cramped trailer.
Dupri told Sire he’s incredibly talented, but warned the teen to stop with the “antics.”
Nya, 16, took third place. The stunned Detroit rapper thought she had the win “in the bag,” but when Dupri told her she’d be leaving without the chain, she refused to shake his hand. Fans were divided over the outcome and lit up Twitter.
“We all know Tyeler was built for this and Mama Reign isn’t a ‘Momager’, she’s a manager. She keeps her talent on POINT, the fact that they blood doesn’t change my opinion,” one person tweeted.
We all know the Tyeler was built for this and Mama Reign isn't a 'Momager', she's a manager. She keeps her talent on POINT, the fact that they blood doesn't change my opinion. #TheRapGame
— Jade Dukes (@so_thats_jade) March 8, 2019
Another viewer agreed, writing: “Happy that Tyeler won! She deserved it and she was the most consistent/showed the most growth out of all of them.”
Happy that Tyeler won! She deserved it and she was the most consistent/showed the most growth out of all of them. #TheRapGame
— 💖Serene J😌💖 (@j_alexandra94) March 8, 2019
Someone else thought Nya should have gotten the contract, tweeting: “I need my girl Nya to win.”
I need my girl Nya to win #TheRapGame
— AllDolledUp (@RyeeseaDollM3Up) March 8, 2019
But others thought the Motor City rapper lacked humility.
“Nya didn’t even respectfully thank JD for the opportunity… bye girl that’s why you didnt win. ATTITUDE,” one person tweeted.
Nya didnt even respectfully thank JD for the opportunity… bye girl that's why you didnt win. ATTITUDE. #TheRapGame
— Codi (@Codishaa) March 8, 2019
“Nya is an ungrateful, disrespectful, spoiled lil girl who acted like she is entitled to be on the show. She couldn’t even shake JD hand or THANK him for the opportunity,” someone else wrote.
Nya is an ungrateful, disrespectful, spoiled lil girl who acted like she is entitled to be on the show. She couldn't even shake JD hand or THANK him for the opportunity. #TheRapGame
— Heather K (@Heather37325420) March 8, 2019
Several others criticized Brandi for putting too much weight on 14-year-old Sire’s shoulders.
“I feel for Sire. That’s a lot of pressure to put on that CHILD. It’s not his responsibility to get y’all out the trailer,” someone wrote.
I feel for Sire. That's a lot of pressure to put on that CHILD. It's not his responsibility to get y'all out the trailer. #TheRapGame
— KP (@kp_314) March 8, 2019
“I hate the pressure this kid lives under. He had to console his mom and not the other was around,” another person added.
— Karli (@Karlishawn) March 8, 2019
Still someone else thought all three finalists were incredible: “I think all three kids did amazing.”
I think all three kids did amazing… #TheRapGame
— Ash💜💜💜 (@_mostenvydd) March 8, 2019
Check out the clip from Season 5 below.